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Spitfire to grace Caversham Church Fete

Caversham Church Fete, 1.00pm Saturday, 14 July 2018
Caversham Court Gardens

In the Centenary year of the Royal Air Force, one of its most iconic and best loved aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire, will grace the skies above the Caversham Church Fete, on Saturday July 14. The historic fighter aircraft, courtesy of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, will perform a flypast at 2pm over Caversham Court Gardens, home of this truly traditional fete.

The Caversham Church Fete combines entertainment, refreshments, stalls and sideshows on the banks of the River Thames in the beautiful and historic Caversham Court Gardens. Organised by the Parish of Caversham Thameside and Mapledurham (St Peter’s and St John’s Churches, in Caversham, and St Margaret’s Church, Mapledurham), the Fete is sponsored by funeral directors AB Walker and Walmsley Estate Agents.

Entertainment includes a selection of music from the remarkable Tadley Band, a traditional brass band that traces its history back 140 years; an amazing range of dancing from the Joanna Wright School of Dance; entertainer Fred in the Shed, especially but not exclusively for younger fete-goers; and, of course, children’s races and a kids’ zone.

There are sideshows from hoopla and hook-a-duck to a choice of tombolas, offering bottles or chocolate as prizes. Stalls will be selling everything from cakes, books, plants and bric-a-brac, to crafts, jams and preserves.

When the excitement and activity gets too much there will be afternoon tea and ice cream available on the lawn all afternoon. Or there is a Pimms tent overlooking the river.

As tradition demands, this great family afternoon out will be rounded off by the Grand Draw, with a wide range of interesting and valuable prizes, including a £150 John Lewis voucher, a hand-made quilt, meals out and a Tivoli portable DAB/FM digital radio with Bluetooth.