SPEEN FETE 2010 Review
What a wonderful hot and sunny day. An enthusiastic throng of people began gathering on the playing field early in the morning, eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Puma Helicopter from 230 squadron at RAF Benson. Soon after 10.00, Lee, one of the ground crew, cleared an area of the field in preparation for the landing.
The aircraft soon appeared from the direction of the Old Plow and slowly circled the
field before landing close to the tennis courts. As the engine was switched off, the swirling blades slowed, the whine of the engine reduced and a round of applause broke out.
A video of this can be seen on YouTube by going to www.youtube.com/speenbucks.
Our fete was opened at 2.00 by Elaine Ball, whose son Thomas began the charity work that led to the Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund, this years nominated charity. They provide much needed care and support for terminally sick children and their families throughout the local area.
The theme of this year’s fete was Youth. We wanted to bring to the attention of local youngsters the organisations and facilities that are available to them. We had representatives from the Air Training Corps, The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, the Girl Guides, the Army Cadet Force, the Sea Cadets and St Johns Ambulance Brigade.
The West Wycombe Brass Band’s first performance set the mood for the afternoon with a lively and enthusiastic programme of rousing music. We were then treated to a splendid Karate display by the boys and girls of The Academy in High Wycombe. They demonstrated some of the basic moves and techniques used and how it was possible to defend oneself from attack. Next came a beautifully choreographed exhibition of Country Dancing by the youngsters of Speen School arranged by Mrs Nayna. She had coached the children to give a magnificent display as they danced around the arena with confidence and flair.
The last item in the ring was a Street Dance Display put on by The JPS Street Crew from High Wycombe. We are greatly indebted to them for stepping in, with only three days notice, when the original group had to withdraw. They treated us to a varied and expertly performed arrangement of dances by different groups of youngsters which thrilled the audience.
During the gloriously sunny afternoon all the sideshows were busy. The general hubbub broken by frequent cheers as yet another coconut was dislodged from its stand. One clever 7 year old managed to hit and fell a coconut, the ball being deflected and hitting a second sending that to the floor as well. A new item this year was the Pillow Fight game, where two opposing contestants confronted each other on a swivelling pole and tried to knock each other to the floor. This proved very popular with children of all ages.
At the end of the afternoon the main fete area emptied as everyone flocked towards the top half of the field to watch the helicopter depart. The crew went through their final checks and as people grasped hold of the nearest gazebo to stop it being blown away the helicopter slowly lifted off. Having cleared the rooftops it again flew around the field and, with the main side doors open, a member of the crew could be seen perched on the threshold. It swept away to much cheering and hand waving from the delighted audience.
Our very grateful thanks go to all those involved in arranging this exciting visit and to all those who gave their time and energy to make the day a success. Without their help it would not be possible stage the event, which not only provides much needed funds to village organisations but also unites the community in a day of fun and merriment.
The prize winners are listed below:-
Dylan Campbell- Bloor: Green racing car.
Hugh Podmore: Strong Man
Amy Entwistle: Bike Riding
Lucy & Amy Entwistle: Skiing
Cardboard Racing Car: Max Thompsom
Tallest Sunflower: Lily Bowen
Colouring Picture: Isobel Burton, William Chapman
The 2010 GRAND DRAW winners
1. £200 CASH Lucinda Ethell
2. BEECHDEAN ICE CREAM Mike & Val Moore
3. PETERLEY MANOR FARM – BASKET OF PRODUCE Baxter
4. CHILTERN RAILWAYS – FAMILY TICKET Judy Redrup
5. HAMPDEN ARMS – £50 VOUCHER Chris James
6. THE BLACK HORSE – VOUCHER for MEAL & WINE FOR 2 488874
7. SWAN THEATRE – TICKETS Warwick Cowen
8. SPEEN VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE – £30 VOUCHER Tim Holmes
9. WAINRIGHTS SHOES – £30 VOUCHER P. Johnson
10. THE HARROW – VOUCHER for MEAL & WINE for 2 Davies 488264
11. THE PINK & LILY – £30 GIFT VOUCHER Edmondson 488652
12. THE WHIP – £30 VOUCHER Stephen Peake
13. KING WILLIAM IV – LUNCH for 2 Michael Moore
14. ROWENAS – £30 VOUCHER Tozer 488497
15. CHINNOR & PR RAILWAY – FAMILY TRAVEL VOUCHER Cottrell
16. THE GATE – £25 VOUCHER Clive Rainbow
17. LAURENCE OUILLON-PALMER – REFLEXOLOGY VOUCHER Sullivan
18. TOP WOK RESTAURANT – £20 VOUCHER Tinsley 488443
19. JH CLARK & SONS – £20 VOUCHER Ashley Cooper
20. DAVID SHUTTLE CHINA & KITCHEN ACCESSORIES – £20 VOUCHER Paula Cox
21. WREN DAVIES – 2 WEEKS MILK DELIVERED Marjorie Poulson
22. WILLIAM HARDING RESTAURANT – MEAL for 2 Aaron Rogerson
23. SPEEN WI – 3BOTTLES WINE Roger Anderson
24. WHITE LIN HOUSE – LOG BASKET Trish
25. GOMMES FORGE – WALKING STICK Waterman 488019
26. ROALD DAHL MUSEUM – FAMILY TICKET Mackford 01844 345804
27. A CUT ABOVE – HAIR PRODUCTS Henry & Phillippa
28. CORBETTS BOOKSHOP – NOTEBOOK Kilner 488272
29. SPOILT ROTTEN BEAUTY SALON – 25% OFF VOUCHER P. Johnson
30. EXPRESSIONS FITNESS – 3 DAY VOUCHER Hazeldine
31. SPEEN SHOP – BOTTLE OF WINE Ms Shirley