Ross-on-Wye’s “Woodstock of fetes” proves a great hit at St Mary’s Church

By Chris Were   |   Reporter   |
Saturday 24th September 2022 10:00 am
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An ‘olde fashioned’ village fete at St Mary’s church hall has raised over a thousand pounds for good causes.

The Saturday, September 3, event featuring stalls, a raffle, games such as splat the rat, a tombola, morris dancers, and a Pimms tent, raised an impressive £1,357 for good causes, far exceeding the initial goal of £450.

Raffle prizes were donated by local shops in Ross town centre.

Stalls included local crafts, crochet, hand-made jewellery, and a face painter.

One of the big question on every event-goer’s lips was whether or not this event would happen again next year, or even possibly something similar for Christmas.

However, due to the monumental effort which went into the day and the organisation, Laura Pugh and her team had to make clear that this was a one-off event, a “Woodstock” of fetes in Ross.

Laura told the Gazette: “It couldn’t have gone better.

“It was fabulous, we had morris dancers, splat the rat, tombolers, the most amazing raffle, with all the prizes donated by shops in town.”

The funds raised will be split between Herefordshire Mind, local Samaritans, and local girl Sarah Williams who is hoping to upgrade her wheelchair.

Amongst an absolute plethora of sponsers and businesses who helped Laura and her team put on such a fabulous day were: Simons Taxis and Nick Maddy Coaches, the Tudorville Shop, Charbel Blinds, Dream Homes, Lizzie Bunting, Lanlena Jewellery, Parsons Bakery, The Old Priory House Bakery and Travis Perkins.

Others who chipped in to help out included Bradfords, Laura Dobbs Hairdresser, The Beauty Bible, Richard Butler, Creature Comforts, Burger Master, The Crown and Septure, The Eagle, Badgers Bait and Gifts, Peter Hickman Hairdressers, Luchs Hairdressers, Pan Pizza, Designer Flowers, The Architectural Shop, Aldi, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Seymour Beds, Istanbul Barbers, Sweeney Todd Barbers, Ming’s Fish and Chips, Ross-on-Wye Flooring, Hanks Butchers.

And there was also gratefully accepted support from The Toy Box, Walker and Walker, Bevans Funeral Director, Truffles, Mountain Warehouse, Raw Dogg, Mr T Dry Cleaners, CCR vape, Jacqueline’s County Antiques, The Cook Shop, Field Fayre, Crossfires Creations, Thorns Coffee Lounge, and Heavenly Homes and Gardens.

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