Following the recent government announcement about the road map out of the pandemic lockdown, Melbourn Fete Committee met via Zoom to discuss holding a 2021 Fete.  After much discussion of the uncertainties around the earliest possible date for a resumption of large-scale events after June 21st, the financial risks of late cancellation and fewer volunteers to put on a full-scale event, we have decided to delay the Melbourn Village Fete until June 2022. Nonetheless, the Committee is determined to put on some smaller scale events during 2021 to help celebrate the end of lockdown and a return to village social interactions that we have all been missing during the last 12 months.  Obviously, all plans at this time are dependent on the success of the journey out of lockdown.  We are proposing to hold the following 3 village events once the lockdown restrictions are finished:

1. Melbourn Fun Day: A free event primarily for young children and families that will include free games, competitions, rides and a bouncy castle. With thanks to Melbourn Parish Council, this will be held in the afternoon of Saturday 26th June on the New Recreation Ground at the Moor next to Melbourn Sports Pavilion.  Our good friends have agreed to help us as follows:

Melbourn Walking Market will organise a market on the same day; and

Home Start will provide a tea and cake shop at Melbourn Sports Pavilion at the heart of these free attractions.

2. Melbourn Open Gardens:  This ever-popular event will be returning on 4th July with the opportunity to see some lovely Melbourn gardens at their summer best. There will also be an opportunity to buy plants and recuperate in the barn at Millside Cottage with tea and cake. Entrance to the open gardens will be through a passport system available from Millside Cottage in the centre of the village.  All profits from this event will go to a local charity or good cause.

3. Turn on to Christmas:  We hope to hold this popular free event in early December in partnership with our friends at the Hub.

Please hold these dates in your diaries and watch this space for more information about these events as planning progresses.

Melbourn Fete Committee

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