Jour de Fete - 21 August 2011
In a pretty dismal summer, the sun shone most of the time for the village’s French themed summer party on the playing field. There was one shower but everyone gathered under the tents and waited for the rain to stop – showing a bit of true British grit in the face of adversity.
The village hall wanted to organise a family event and the Thurlows came up with a British version of a “Fete du Jour”. Sue and her team prepared a three course lunch with a lot of the food brought back from France.
The tents were decorated with French flags and red, white and blue bunting; French songs played while we ate and drank wine (which we could buy by the jug). Mary Moore and her friend Zena entertained us with French accordion music.
Once the meal was over, most people enjoyed chatting, dancing on the patio and watching or joining in the games. Beside the obvious boules where the village‘s team manager was spotting potential players, there was badminton, cricket and other children’s games.
The big success of the afternoon was the way people aged from under two to over 80 enjoyed from 12:30 to after 8:00 when we started to pack things away. It was a great family afternoon, well organised by Sue Thurlow who was supported by her team of helpers. There will definitely be another one but the next year’s big family event will be the Diamond Jubilee street party.
More photos here.