On Monday 28th May, St Mathews Parish council held their annual Whit Monday Fete at St Mark’s Hall, Longwood. Although the weather was not favourable with wet and windy conditions, upwards of fifty people attended.
Miss St Helena, Leoni Ellick opened the event at 2pm. Stalls inside St Mark’s hall ranged from bottle and can, vegetables, cakes, clothing, books, toys and items for raffle. Guessing the weight of a heart shape cake sandwich was well participated as the winner who guessed the correct weight would take it home. Two lucky winners shared the cake; Joan Scipio and Charlotte Williams.
Food and drinks were on sale, including teas, hot dog on roll and the most preferred choice, soup.
Christine Scipio-ODean, helped on the day. “We are trying to knit 60 metres within a week,” said Christine, “which will be next Monday. One metre will represent each year that the Queen has reigned. The idea today is to get as many different people who come in today to knit and then hopefully someone from a different district will take this knitting to another district and it can be forwarded on to the other districts throughout the week”. The colours being knitted are red, white and blue to represent the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
Outside donkey rides by Gary Thomas was a fun event for the kids, from St Mark’s, out to Longwood Green, around Longwood Supermarket and back to the Hall for 40p.
Towards the end of the day a tug of war was contested by adults and children. There were two adult teams, the winning prize a bottle of wine and £16 was shared between them. Children also had two teams and received chocolates as their prize. The day concluded with a game of bingo. Gwen Crowie, a member of the St Helena Parish council said the day was a great success and was better attended than last year. Moneys raised from the day will go towards St Mathews Church.