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Marine Boy
07-11-2009, 18:11
My junior school always put on a great event in the summer and there was usually a special guest to open it; an actor, or singer or football player. I would help my dad with the 'banging-the-nail-in' stall, (quite what Health & Safety would make of that these days, I dread to think), but it was the 'throwing-the-sponge-at-a-teacher' stall where you queued up for ages!

Anyone else have memories of spring and summer fétes? Especially from the 70s and 80s.

amethyst
08-11-2009, 15:26
A few things I remember at school fetes was

Tins and Bottles stall match a raffle ticket number and you get the prize.Usually ended up with a tin of peas or something:rolleyes:

Toiletries stall
Home made cakes and biscuits stall
Roll a penny stall

Kiop
08-11-2009, 17:05
I don't think we ever had any at the schools I went to. I may be wrong, but I certainly can't recall any. :confused:

zip55
09-11-2009, 02:24
A fete worse than death at my old school

Danny
09-11-2009, 09:51
A fete worse than death at my old school

Groans at the pun

tulip
09-11-2009, 13:05
We had one in the summer at High school.There was a local estate which the school owned.It was used for sports,orienteering etc.The main buliding was used when my mum was there for school shows etc.We used to go to the dreaded Cleland every 2 weeks for sports,everyone loathed the cold showers.During the summer there was a fete,there were the usual stalls,I did one that involved a baby bath,I think.It always smelt strongly of fresh cut grass and horses,as you could get ride on a horse there.Usual stalls,tombola,white elephant,smack the teacher in the face with a wet sponge,beat the goalie etc

At primary we had a fun day,we devised our own games and stallls and the prizes were sweets and stickers!

tulip

Kiop
09-11-2009, 14:53
I remember the sixth form having a 'rag day' once with stalls and challenges and stuff. Does that count?

Austin Maxi
29-08-2010, 11:20
My junior school had a fete every year. A week or so before it, a couple of pupils would come round the classrooms asking if anyone wanted to put their name down for a 15-minute stint in the stocks on the wet sponges stall. I always volunteered for this, guess that was just the way I was wired, but I certainly wasn't alone. On the day itself, I remember going round the fete, seeing if there were any toy cars on the white elephant stall and then making my way to the Wet Sponges for my turn in the stocks.

Jacqueline
29-08-2010, 13:05
We're not allowed to have homemade cakes at the school fete anymore. Health & Stupidity forbids it.

Trickyvee
29-08-2010, 14:39
I don't think we ever had any at school, but I was a stalwart at the ones held at the church along the road. I loved the tombola, a prize for any number ending in a 0 or a 5. You'd always come away with a set of lavender bath salts or some old grannie's necklace, or one of those little glass ornaments discussed in the ornaments thread, but you loved them.

vanhelsing
30-10-2010, 21:52
There was a tradition every year in my junior school in which a 'rose queen' was elected (from what I remember, it was always ome afro-carribean girl) and would be 'crowned' on the day of the school fete (Don't remember her having any special status (like the proberbial USA high school quarterback/ team captain/head cheeleader) and would be forced (probably against her own free will) to be part of The Stretford Pageant every summer.

80sChav
12-06-2019, 21:44
My junior school always put on a great event in the summer and there was usually a special guest to open it; an actor, or singer or football player. I would help my dad with the 'banging-the-nail-in' stall, (quite what Health & Safety would make of that these days, I dread to think), but it was the 'throwing-the-sponge-at-a-teacher' stall where you queued up for ages!

Anyone else have memories of spring and summer fétes? Especially from the 70s and 80s.


We only ever had one - I recall in Primary and it was either Year 5 or 6 (in new Currency) and we all got promised (an by coincidence we was booked on a trip to the National Railway Museum in Yor - before it became really famous), but back to what i was saying at this Autumn fate we was all promised to help give food parcels out the an old persons complex nearly next door (and that we'd all gottan a chance) and as a kid who loved caring and doing (or wanting to do Children In Need things) I never got that chance just as is the abiding memory of being too ill at a similar time of that year for the NRM Trip!!

80sChav

George 1978
13-06-2019, 06:19
I was thinking whether the School fête was the same thing as the jumble sale that we had and all that - there was something during our last week at Junior school (the end of Year 6 as it would have been know by) where we threw sponges at a teacher, and so that could have been our school fête for that year.

zabadak
13-06-2019, 12:57
I was in Infants or Junior School when our fête was opened by the actor Edward Woodward! :)

George 1978
13-06-2019, 20:43
You should have had him for Maths lessons as an equalizer.

(Sorry...)

I. R. Fincham
14-06-2019, 03:10
I was in Infants or Junior School when our fête was opened by the actor Edward Woodward! :)


That's what I Callan exciting day.

George 1978
16-06-2019, 11:52
I suppose that the closest we get to an actor was a Drama teacher.

Mulletino
17-06-2019, 00:22
I seem to remember one of our school fetes being opened by Tom Baker in the 70s, in his Dr Who heyday.

I loved school fetes, the lucky dip, tombolla, and games. Xmas was great as they also had a big toy stall on year where I saw a 12" Cylon figure (from Battlestar Galactica) and my parents got it for me at xmas. :)

davidthomas27
17-06-2019, 12:12
The fete at my primary school was apparently opened by Mr Blobby (the furry version), although I got there too late to see him.

zabadak
17-06-2019, 13:10
I was in Infants or Junior School when our fête was opened by the actor Edward Woodward! :)

Doh! ;)

zabadak
17-06-2019, 13:11
That's what I Callan exciting day.

Doh! Doh! ;)

George 1978
17-06-2019, 14:25
Doh! ;)

I had a feeling that you quoted the wrong post there.

zabadak
18-06-2019, 12:34
I had a feeling that you quoted the wrong post there.

You could be right... :o

George 1978
18-06-2019, 17:07
You could be right... :o

I think I am. ;)