Events 2006 and earlier

We would welcome more pictures of events held in the village which were open to any village residents to attend. Please use the comments form at the bottom or contact any of the website committee.

Village Fete - July 2006

These pictures and words have been ‘borrowed’ from the School website. Thank you

The fete committee would like to say a big thank you to everyone! The fete was a huge success, raising just over £7,000 to be split equally between the Church and School. The day began as we had hoped - with the sun shining brightly at 7.00am, even so we hadnt anticipated people queuing from 11.30am asking to get in! Despite the planning, we just didnt know how many people to expect we set high expectations, crossed our fingers (yes- said a few prayers) and before we knew it, our dreams became reality and then the real work began! The programme of events kicked off with the Kennet Vale Band playing while huge queues formed around the BBQ, Beer Tent and The Barn, which contained the most magnificent display of cakes wed ever seen! The queue for the 6oz burgers from Jesse Smith Butchers served with delicious homemade coleslaw donated by the Parklands, never seemed to end and the ale, donated by the Inn with the Well, was sold out in no time at all.

Then it was time for the first of the three air displays. The helicopter display was, at times nail biting and was best described as dancing in the air followed with a bow to the crowds. This was followed by a display in a single-seater Chipmonk which mixed loop the loops and barrel rolls among many others. Both displays were breathtaking. Everyone was rushed off their feet, desperately trying to keep up with so many visitors. Malachi, who volunteered at the last minute, did a stunning job as announcer. Then we heard the stereo announcement - some of us from Malachi, who was at one end of the extensive grounds and others from the Red Devils own commentator the Red Devils were about to begin their descent. The display was spectacular the speed of their landings was amazing! They lived up to their own high expectations and clearly are the premier parachute team in the UK. The model air displays, the classic cars, tank, armoured vehicles, landies and the fire engine added to the many attractions.

There was a lot to see and do and the whole fete had the appearance of belonging to an English Village, set in a wonderful countryside with stunning views. Visitors were impressed and the committee were pleased that the Ogbourne St George Village Fete had again been the talk of the area. Thanks again to everyone for their support!

Auction of Promises (FoS event) - May 2005

These pictures and words have been ‘borrowed’ from the School website. Thank you

There is an old saying; the whole is greater than the sum of its parts which would apply well to our latest fundraiser An Auction of Promises on 14th May.

The parts were pretty amazing a long list of fabulous promises, beautiful surroundings, delicious food, great entertainment, hardworking volunteers and an audience of very generous bidders. The resulting financial sum added up to a staggering £7,500, to be spent on the latest IT equipment for the school.

But, it must be said, the evening as a whole was unforgettable. The setting was perfect; Count Konrad Goess-Saurau donated the use of his splendid Shoot Barn and the chilly spring weather demanded a magnificent fire roaring in the enormous fireplace. Over 100 hundred people sat down to a splendid three course meal, prepared by Sarah Wells and a willing band of helpers. The food was delicious and the Banoffi Pie was to die for.

Before and during dinner there were 50 lots in the Silent Auction to bid for, and then (after that fabulous Banoffi Pie) the real fun began. Our auctioneer, Charles Wells from Kidson-Trigg, kindly donated his services and he was brilliant. The bidding was fast and furious; watching was just as much fun as taking part. It is hard to say who was more generous, the people who had donated such excellent promises or those who kept pushing the bidding higher and higher to buy them.

The success of the evening was due not only to the generosity of those who donated and spent, but also to the incredible efforts of the talented and industrious volunteers who worked so hard to organise the evening so a huge round of applause goes to Nancy Dean, Sarah Wells, Will and Debbie Sandison, plus lots of other hardworking volunteers thank you.

Savernake Forest Camp - 2004

About 10 families from the village gathered in Savernake Forest for an overnight camp, BBQ and the opportunity for the kids to burn off some energy! The weather just about behaved and as you can see from the photo’s, the BBQ flames kept everyone warm. Many thanks to the Andy and Julia Wall for organising the event and handling the logistics.

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