Music, Crafts and Hijinks at Chawley’s Summer Fete

This year’s Chawley Grove summer fete was a joyful day packed full of fun, laughter and alpacas!

Two adorable alpacas joined 14 local businesses who came to run stalls at the fete, selling a variety of artisan wares.

Fete goers could browse the stunning jewellery, crochet, cards, bags, books and decoupage items on sale.

There was also a yummy cake stand, a representative from The Body Shop and charity stalls for Pawprints For Freedom and Parkinsons.Me.

Musical entertainment was provided by the excellent Witney Town Brass Band, which counts Chawley receptionist Sandra among their musicians.

Plus, the children from the Mini Professionals Dance Academy put on a great performance that had everybody clapping.

According to Regional Community Relations Lead Mark Laundy, it was an unforgettable day in the sunshine.

Mark said: “The Residents had a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed having so many friends, family and local people at Chawley Grove.

“There was so much to see and do, plus a great chance to pet the alpacas.

“We finished the day with a cheeky game of ‘Soak the Manager’ before our Home Manager Michelle dragged me and Wellbeing & Lifestyle Coach Megan in to be soaked too.

“The Residents didn’t stop laughing and clapping!”

Mark said it was important to host the charities there, particularly as one organisation is having such a difficult time right now.

He said: “Pawprints For Freedom rescue dogs from Eastern Europe, but at the moment, the Government has banned them from bringing their animals to the UK.

“This regulation means they are struggling to pay for the kennels they keep in Romania, which will have heartbreaking consequences for the dogs they are trying to save.

“We were glad to be able to give them a place to do some fundraising and a chance to talk to people about their incredible work.”