2018 Fete Report

Please find below a short report from the 2018 Fete Chairman:-

"Now the weather has finally changed, the Fete seems a distant memory.

However, I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to those who helped make it such a marvelous day, as well as report back on the fantastic sum of money we were able to raise. The accounts have now been finalised and I am pleased to say that we have been able to give the Church and Village Hall £3000 each.

On the day itself, we were again blessed with glorious sunshine which undoubtedly helped us achieve a record attendance. It was such a pleasure to see so many familiar faces alongside a great deal of others who had come from further afield, something which I think is testament to what a brilliant reputation our Fete and Flower Show has gathered over recent years.

This reputation has not come without a great deal of hard work, with months of planning and preparation ‘behind the scenes’ and of course the last-minute tasks on the day to make everything run so smoothly. So again, I extend my thanks to the Fete Committee and to all the various people who worked so hard to make it the success that it was".

Margaret Burrows

Fete Chairman

25th August 2018

Posted 1st September 2018


One last Open Meeting - Thursday 2nd August 2018, 7:30pm, Coldridge Village Hall

If you would like to hear how the preparations and fete day went and how successful our fundraising has been, then you are welcome to join us in the Village Hall to hear the news from the 2018 Fete Committee. It's also an opportunity to provide feedback of your experiences of the day, and suggestions to help improve on the event in 2020!

We look forward to seeing you there.

Posted 28 July 2018


2018 Fete Flower Festival - The Wildlife Around Us

A message on behalf of the Flower Festival Organisers

"Fete Day was so special with a wonderful atmosphere and everyone having fun together.  The Church was a slightly cooler place to be but only just in the heatwave.  Thank you so much to everyone who came along to do flowers, for your fantastic arrangements and for helping to make Thursday and Friday fun-filled days too.  It was a lot of work but well worth it, and we did our best to keep the flowers going as long as we could.  One thing that was so special this year was that flowers were done by the very youngest toddlers to the over-nineties, and everyone in between, so well done for a real community effort.  The donations we received towards Fete funds were more than ever so that tops things off very well.

Jo Dike"

PS - You can view a list of the 2018 in our Festival Programme, and view the displays in the gallery

Posted 28 July 2018


That was the day.....

Happy July!!   When I stepped onto the patio yesterday morning I was greeted by raindrops and that fresh whiff of ozone in the air. [According to BBC Weather this morning Exeter received 15mm of rain on Sunday].  But as for Saturday....well it was absolutely as forecast with lots of fun + + + 🚗+ + 🍻+🍔+🌭+🍟 + sandwiches and cream teas.  A hugh thank you to all who came - the stallholders, the visitors, field exhibitions and demonstrators, flower arrangers, dog show team and most of all our stalwart volunteers who helped make Coldridge's 2018 village fete such a great day.

More updates from Saturday will be posted in the coming days.

Thanks again!

Posted 2nd July



Its Finally Here - 30th June!!!

Coldridge Village Fete, Vintage Rally, Flower Festival & Dog Show

A hot day is forecast, and we wish all our visitors a safe and fun-filled day.




10 days to go....

No pressure there then!! 

At our final 2018 Fete Open Meeting (Monday 18th) the Fete Committee provided an update on the attractions and order of play for the Main Ring, attendees participating in the Vintage Rally, an overview of planned craft & commercial/exhibitor and village stalls, live music (The Dolton Rock Choir) along with discussions concerning arrangements and logistics associated with the food village. 

Now the 'really hard' work starts, part of which is to reach out with a few new requests for assistance and donations from the Parish that will help support a number of our stalls on the day:-




...and not forgetting previous items


It was also reported that plans for the Flower Festival in St Matthew's are well in hand, and we received news of a special invitation from the festival organisers for parishioners to contribute something personal to the overall event through a Posy Display.


The meeting concluded with a 'site visit' to the Fete Field where the outline plans and locations of activities and facilities were described and discussed.  Some of the local residents were quite curious to learn more......


Thanks again for your continued support and assistance - we look forward to seeing you all on 30th!


Posted 20th June 2018


Open Meeting - Monday 18th June


Posted 8th June 2018




Posted 5th June 2018


Calling all Bakers!!


Posted 5th June 2018


Can you help with donations for our WI Stall?


Thanks in anticipation!

Posted 5th June 2018


Flower Festival Organisers Announce 2018's Theme

The main theme for the 2018 Flower Festival will be 'The Wildlife Around Us'.  Besides the main arrangements, the festival organisers would like to continue the tradition of including small posy displays (e.g. in a jam-jar sized container) dedicated to the memory of a loved one - to be used as decoration on the rood-screen and pew-ends. 

If you'd like to participate with a display/arrangement or would like some further information please contact Jo Dike.

Posted 26th April 2018


Fete Opening

The Fete Committee are pleased to confirm that this year's Fete afternoon will be opened by our very own Jeremy Lee.

Posted 4th April 2018


Draft Details for the Family Dog Show are now available

Draft details of this year's Family Dog Show, organised by Debra and John Board, and to be judged by North Park Veterinary Group (North Tawton) can be viewed via this link

All entrants may apply on the day after the Fete Opening Ceremony at 12:00hrs.

Posted 4th April 2018; Updated 6th April


Message from the Committee – March 2018

We can’t believe how the year is moving on – despite the weather - arrangements are in hand for a splendid day out and as we are rapidly moving towards our biennial event we would love to hear from anyone who is willing to give up a few hours to man a stall for the Fete funds or help on the Day before or on the day itself in some capacity.

There are lots of options and your committee would welcome hearing from anyone, especially if you are new to the Parish and would enjoy being part of a lively and fun day. We would also like to know of anyone who has a gazebo or tent that they are willing to lend us on the day to help protect fete stallholders on the field.

Please look on the Parish website: https://parish.middevon.gov.uk/coldridge for updates and a taste of this great fund raising day.

If you can help, just message us (details here) and we will be in touch. Thank you.

Marilyn Daw

Posted 27th March 2018


Open Fete Meeting - 1st February 2018

We invite you to attend our next Open Fete Meeting, to be held in the Village Hall on Thursday 1st February at 7:30pm.

Unfortunately, David Fitzgerald of BBC Radio Devon is no longer available to attend on the day, so if anyone has any bright ideas for someone else to open the Fete, then please come along and give us your ideas!

Please make an effort to come along to find out about all that will be happening here at the end of June and, maybe, how you can help to make it an even bigger success than before!  Thanks Marylin.

Posted 1st February 2018


2018 Village Fete - Exciting News! 

Your Fete Officers met the other night and it was confirmed that David Fitzgerald of Radio Devon has agreed to come along and join us to open the fete next year.

An Open Fete meeting is to be held on Thursday 12th October at 7:30 pm in the Village Hall to which anyone who is interested is welcome to come along. Arrangements are already in hand for Main Ring Events and we will advise on progress at this meeting. We would welcome offers of help and any bright ideas for fund raising including who you recommend to contact for sponsorship.

We look forward to seeing as many as can at this update meeting on the 12th October or send your ideas to:
Marilyn Daw, Hon Secretary Mobile: 07803 966 585 or email: m3daw@hotmail.co.uk or any of the other Fete Committee officers - Margaret Burrows, Andrew Green, Marion Born or Keyth Richardson.

Posted 2nd October 2017


Biennial Coldridge Fete, Vintage Rally and Flower Festival 2018 - Save the Date!

We are pleased to announce the date of the 2018 Fete will be Saturday 30th June, from 12:00 noon to 17:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Fete field at Coldridge with the kind permission of the Keast Family.  

We anticipate a great day out for everyone with many of the usual attractions.   Please keep watching this page for further information and updates as detailed plans develop during the months ahead.

If you would like to take part in anyway please contact the Hon. Secretary:  Mrs Marilyn Daw [Tel: 01363 877238, Mobile:  07803 966 585, email:  m3daw@hotmail.co.uk].

Posted 4th April 2017


An OPEN MEETING, to discuss the possibilities of running another Coldridge Fete in 2018, will take place on Thursday, 2nd March at 8.00pm in the Village Hall. This is an extremely important and widely acclaimed event and it will be very good to see lots of you at this meeting to make sure that our next Fete is even more successful than ever.

Posted 27th February 2017


Watch this space for news and information as the Village begins on the preparations for our biennial Village Fete, Vintage Rally and Flower Festival, Summer 2018!

In the meantime here's a few photos from the successful 2016 event.

Posted 23rd February 2017



One of the many flower arrangements displayed in St Matthew's, 2016

The Winkleigh Morris Dancers show us how it's done!

Hounds in the Show Ring, 2016

Some of the 'Bad Boys' in the Vintage Farm Rally, 2016

Dog Agility & Show, 2016