Bryher Fete Expected To Help With Community Centre Appeal

The Bryher Fete went ahead and drew reasonable attendance yesterday, despite the bad weather.

The event has only been called off once because of weather conditions in 43 years.

Kathy Stedeford says the key to a successful fete is a variety of stalls all bringing in a modest amount of money, although she says the cake stalls are always very popular.

The fete was a chance for both visitors and islanders alike to help out. Simon from North Devon was staying at the campsite with his family and ended up manning a games stall. He says he does it because he loves the island.

And Suzanne Lea, who recently moved to Bryher said she wanted to help with the fete by selling raffle tickets – she says getting involved has given her a chance to get to know more islanders.

This year’s fete was raising money for the Community Centre. They need to bring in another £16,000 to pay off the remaining build costs and Kathy thinks they will do well out of yesterday’s event.

The building has been up for two years now and the running costs are very low. This is because the islander’s take turns to look after the building on a weekly basis.

And Kathy says that, next year, when the outstanding balance for the building is paid off, a new appeal will be launched to buy heating for the centre.

You can see more photos of the Bryher Fete in our Photo Gallery here.