The annual Kew Midsummer Fete, now in its 8th year is a highlight of the summer season run by local people in aid of local charities and will be held on Saturday 23 June 2018 on Kew Green 11 am – 6 pm.
The fantastic sunny weather on Saturday 17 June brought out thousands of people to enjoy the annual Kew Midsummer Fete on Kew Green which is now a key fixture in the local area although fans and stall holders are drawn from all over London.
The weather gave the event a wonderful summer atmosphere as children enjoyed the traditional Victorian funfair rides, bouncy slide, bungee inflatable and the welcome shade of the mobile farm. Meanwhile the music, dance and karate acts on The Stage made it feel like the start of festival season as the crowds swayed to the rhythms and drank plenty of Fuller’s beer – 1,800 pints which ran the bar dry of one variety and Pimm’s, Elderflower water and ice cream sales hit the roof!
The ever popular Beat the Goalie and new London Scottish Rugby training session got youngsters trying out their skills and the Tug of War was bravely fought despite the heat, although sadly the Committee Ladies had to concede defeat despite some reinforcements from London Scottish! The friendly Dog Show pulled in one of the biggest ever crowds as Richmond Vets and guest judge, BBC journalist and broadcaster Sophie Raworth picked winners in the seven different categories including best puppy and best old dog, dog most like its owner and dog with best trick. Best in Show was eventually awarded to Dexter, a lovable Labradoodle owned by Finn Duncan.
Stall holders and the huge variety of food stalls in The Food Court all appreciated the great crowds and did brisk trade while the clear up team made sure that Kew Green was litter free and back to normal by the evening. The whole event relies entirely on the generosity of our sponsors and supporters: Taylor Wimpey, GWR Kia, Dexters, Earthlife, Richmond Vets, Fuller’s, Living In Magazines, Cawston Press, Kew Park Rangers, Richmond Film Services, The Design Forum and Ambassador Services. They are key to the Fete taking place and contributing to local charities but it could not happen without the amazing volunteers, both on the Committee and beyond who help organise the day and keep everything running smoothly.
Best of all a true landmark in the Fete’s fundraising mission has been achieved with over £100,000 raised for local good causes since it was started in 2010. The charities due to receive funds from the £17,000 raised at this year’s Fete are:
• Crossroads Care
• Richmond Carers Centre
• Richmond Food Bank
• Small Steps
• Holly Lodge
• Kew Scouts
• The Mulberry Centre
• Off The Record
• Richmond Mind
• TAG Youth Club
• Addiction Support
• Orange Tree Theatre
• Riverbank Trust
So make sure you save the date for next year Saturday 23rd June 2018 for another great Kew Fete run by local people for local good causes.
Thanks to all our sponsors:
GWR Kia, Taylor Wimpey, Dexters, Fuller’s, Kew Park Rangers, Richmond Vets.
And our supporters:
The Design Forum, Living In Magazines, Earthlife and Ambassador Services.