SATURDAY 16th JULY 2022
This will be the last article and reminder before the big day, so we hope you all have had the date firmly in your calendars for some time now.
It’s still too early to give a definite list of stall holders and exhibitors but we know enough to be sure that there will be something for everyone. The entertainment is all booked to include music to suit all tastes, street dancing and a karate display.
Activities will be available for young and old both to encourage healthy living and some just for the fun of it.
There will be an “Eco-zone” from our own Martlesham Climate Action Group plus like-minded groups from Woodbridge and Waldringfield and other organisations which are working to reduce and mitigate climate chaos and improve our environment
Numerous stalls will also highlight the work done in Martlesham by charitable groups which do so much good in our community, so do come along and show them your appreciation and support
In short, if you want to have a good day out being entertained and learning more about your community the fete is the place to be.
Full details of the finalised programme will become available on the Parish Council Facebook and website and on the noticeboards, please keep your eyes open for that.
A final word is that the Fete is organised by a small working group of Martlesham Parish Council, please pay our stand a visit to learn about the huge amount of good work done by the council to keep Martlesham a great place in which to live. If you are thinking about becoming part of this successful organisation either by volunteering for a specific role or by becoming a councillor then do ask without any obligation.
You can’t have helped but notice the building works being carried out around the car parks and old runway next to the green beside the doctors’ surgery. These are all connected with the new retirement apartments being built for McCarthy Stone. Unfortunately they will not be completed by the 16th of July, so they will have an effect on arrangements on the day. In the past the car park has been in use and the old runway was available, if necessary, as a blue badge car park and many people, including most exhibitors got onto the green that way. So we will have reduced car parking, the only vehicular access to the green will be between the church centre and the Douglas Bader and more pedestrians will access the green via the Square. We are working on plans to minimise the problems this will cause, and full arrangement are being worked on and will be signposted in good time, but please bear with us.
During the morning set up period, before the fete opens to the public, the exhibitors’ vehicles will also be entering and leaving the Green near the commemoration stone so if you are out and about then please take special care and kindly follow any guidance from stewards
We welcome two of our very own new entrants this year too: The Wildflower Stall run by the Parish Council Wildflower Group which is a new group promoting wildflowers and ecological diversity within Martlesham, and the Climate Action Stall run by our Parish Council Climate Action Group which is encouraging us to become a Green Village by dedicating part of our gardens to wildlife. These two groups launched our new photo competition for 2022 at the recent Climate Summit.
Martlesham Wildflower Photographic Competition 2022
The winning entries will be displayed at the village fete, and you are invited to send in your entries for this exciting new competition.
The theme of the competition is ‘Wildflowers in the Parish of Martlesham.’
Photographs must be taken anywhere within the parish of Martlesham and be the entrant’s own work. They may be submitted to the Parish Council either as a hard copy (maximum size to be A5, 6in X 8in or equivalent) or in a jpeg format. Entrant’s name and picture title must be on the back of the hard copy or included in the title of your jpeg file sent by email. Photographs must be taken between 1st May 2021 and 17th June 2022. Entry is free and the maximum number of entries is three photographs per person.
There will be first, second and third prizes for the best photograph in the under 18 age group and in the 18 and over age group.
Photo credit and Copyright: Mike Irwin