We are delighted to confirm the date for our next Martlesham Village Fete is 16th July 2022. After a covid induced absence of two years,  it will be good to get everyone back on the Green and surrounding buildings to take part in the stalls, entertainments and games we will have on offer. Work continues to make this the best fete ever but practical restrictions mean we are limited in the size of the attractions we can bring on to the Green this year, and we are severely constrained in the disabled and general parking space we can offer.

Most visitors will be local and can come on foot or by bike, as many have done in the past, so please make every effort to do so again - after all, it is healthier and more fun as well as being better for the environment. If circumstances dictate you must use a car, please share lifts if possible, or consider one driver dropping off passengers and taking the car back home before walking/cycling back to the fete.


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 and 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.

Fete poster advertising the date and photographic competition entry rulesMartlesham 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.

Entry forms and a full set of guidelines are available here: Entry FormEntry Guidelines.


Photo of vivid blue wildflower garden in the foreground  with plinth and sundial in the background

Photo credit and Copyright: Mike Irwin