WellesleyWellesley Hampshire

This bank holiday weekend was the first ever Wellesley May Fete, an event organised by the Grainger Wellesley team and the Cambridge Primary School, and supported by a wide range of community partners.

The fete was held at the Cambridge Primary School, newly built on the development with one reception class, with more pupils joining in September.

Rather than ask for an entry fee, it was decided to ask for donations to the local food bank, which is currently based on part of the undeveloped Wellesley site.

Despite the chilly weather over 400 people attended and enjoyed a huge variety of activities and stalls, from a bottle tombola, raffle and face painting, to learning about bees from the local Beekeepers who have honey-producing hives at Wellesley. The Animal Experience brought a range of reptiles and furry friends which everyone could meet and handle, including a barn owl and meerkats!

There were football activities run by Aldershot Football Club, a taste of army life from 10 Queens Own Logistic Regiment, maypole dancing for the younger children, a brilliant Morris dancing display by Mayflower Morris, hula hooping, and flower crown making with the Blackwater Valley Rangers who manage the Wellesley Woodlands.

Local mental health gardening group Blooming Marvellous ran a plant stall, and the Sailors Charity ran a book stall selling everything from cookbooks to romance novels.

The Cambridge Primary School parents baked delicious cakes for the cake stall, Barbarian Grill brought a huge smoker and sold pulled pork, halloumi and hot dogs, local charity Karuna Action provided free premium filter coffee, and BFBS radio (British Forces Broadcasting Service) brought their ice cream van and handed out free ice cream!

Overall the event was a huge success, with money raised for different charities by each of the stalls, including £135 from the sale of Wellesley Honey alone.

We are already looking forward to next year, which will be even bigger and better!