GALLERY: Fete fun in Chichester

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IT was another weekend of great community events in the Observer area this weekend.

The Foyer, in Velyn Avenue, Chichester, had a fête on Saturday, officially opened by Chichester City Council mayor Alan Chaplin.

Jade Bailey and daughter Vida-Pascaline playing games at the Foyer event '''Louise Adams C131042-4

Jade Bailey and daughter Vida-Pascaline playing games at the Foyer event '''Louise Adams C131042-4

The centre, which aims to give young people opportunities, offered visitors a variety of attractions, including traditional games and the not-so traditional pastime of sumo wrestling.

At Singleton, visitors to the village fête could peruse a variety of stalls and there was entertainment from The Smugglers Jazz group.

At Sidlesham’s fête, a bit of drizzle failed to deter visitors from games of skittles and ‘splat the rat’.

Church warden Janet Harland said it went really well, raising £7,500, with more funds still to come.

“We were a little dismayed when the rain started three-quarters of an hour after we opened, but in fact we were £300 up on last year.

“People came and people enjoyed it. We were very pleased.”

The fête was opened by the village’s junior choir, who sang an edited version of An English Country Garden.

“They were standing on top of a trailer and sang their little hearts out,” she said.

The Chichester City Band performed at the venue, also taking part in the tug o’ war.

The money raised will go towards the running costs of the St Mary Our Lady Church, in Church Lane.

Around 500 people attended.