Tesco’s Friendship with Hazlemere Fete
In 2017 I was approached by Ray Cox, one of the organisers of the fete, asking for ‘a raffle prize’. I invited him for a coffee and a chat, wanting to know more about the fete and if I could contribute more than just a bottle of plonk or a box of chocolates.
Ray brought along his partner in crime, oops I mean Bob Digby, and after a long chat they very kindly invited me to not only bring along the Tesco Awareness Stand, but also allowed me to fundraise for Tesco’s health charities.
Cue my number one volunteer Steve who immediately wanted to be involved. Each year Steve gives up his time to help set up the photo displays in advance of the fete and helps me set up/man the Tesco stand on the day and he says he looks forward to helping at the fete each year. This friendship has grown year on year and has allowed me to meet, and then help, lots of other community groups, schools and organisations who were not aware of the help that was available from Tesco.
The first year allowed me to talk about our Farm To Fork Trails (unfortunately this scheme is no longer running) signing up primary schools and guiding units to the various trails and to introduce ‘name the Tesco Tiger’ and ‘famous cats trivia lucky dip’ to raise money for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation. This was a huge success, so year two saw talks on the Community Food Connection ‘we do not waste food’ and Bags of Help grants, with fundraising for Kyrece’s Legacy with ‘name the Loudwater leopard’.
I really would like to thank Ray and Bob for inviting me to attend because this is where I met one of my most important contacts, none other than hiya bucks‘ very own Helen Gerrish, but this is a story for another day.
Hazlemere Fete was established in 1860 at Hazlemere church on the Amersham Road with plans for it to be held in the summer months. By the 1920’s the fete moved to Hazlemere Recreation Ground with the August Bank Holiday Monday becoming the traditional date to hold the event.
In 2011 the fete moved once more to the grounds of Sir William Ramsay School. As an ex-pupil, I was amazed at how things had changed from my time there (well I am old). It offers more facilities for hosting different activities, refreshments, toilets, secure parking; everything needed to help the fete grow.
Planning for the event starts 6 months beforehand as there are so many community groups who attend, attractions to be booked, plus all the legal stuff that needs to be in place to make sure the day runs smoothly.
Initial set up is started on the Friday involving many volunteers, followed by 2 or 3 days clean up. The fete has been opened by several famous faces, including Mary Berry, and normally includes a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
For more information visit www.bucksvoice.net/hazlemere-fete/
Hopefully the event can go ahead this year.
Loudwaters’ Tesco Claire