Welcome back Little Gaddesden Fete, now wang that welly!

A village fete that made a comeback for the first time in 33 years on Saturday was a hit despite the grotty weather.

The fun at Little Gaddesden was officially opened by well-known centenarian and chess teacher Ken Dickson who organised the last village festivities.

Little Gaddesden Fete.'Lily Massie and Cara Dolan, both aged 11, riding 'Cally' and 'Po.''They were assisted by,from left, Jo Elliott, Hollie Massie, seven, and Hannah Sutherland, nine.

Little Gaddesden Fete.'Lily Massie and Cara Dolan, both aged 11, riding 'Cally' and 'Po.''They were assisted by,from left, Jo Elliott, Hollie Massie, seven, and Hannah Sutherland, nine.

Traditional childhood games like welly wanging and space hopper racing proved popular with the village vicar and other church members taking up the bouncing challenge.

“It was hilarious,” said event organiser Sarah Gall. “The welly wanging was really popular. People got incredibly competitive about it and the winner got a lovely pair of new Hunter wellies.”

There was also laser clay pigeon shooting, tug of war, horse rides, children’s movie making and Tring Swing Band from Tring School performed inside St Peter and St Paul’s Church.

The event raised money for Northchurch’s Hospice of St Francis, Hemel Hempstead teen respite charity Roar and Tring-based Rennie Grove Hospice Care. 
Sarah said: “We are still getting money in. It is not going to be as much as we would like because the weather was a bit revolting.

“There were probably 900 to 1,000 people but they were coming and going.”

Next year it will be all change again with a completely different village event – probably with an equine theme – and then it is expected that the fete will return again in 2015.