Village fete 2016

Bellingdon and Asheridge Village Fete 2016

Update 23/6/16

The weather is looking a bit dicey with only a few days to go, but surely there can’t be any more rain in the sky? Its full steam ahead…


This year we have some phenomenal prizes available, such as two premium tickets for a rugby international at Twickenham, worth over £200! Please do approach any of the committee in advance for tickets, or you can always purchase them on the day.

We would like to thank the following for generous raffle prizes: Conlan Associates Ltd; The Akeman, Tring; Priests Ford, Chesham; Delta Force Paintballing; Matthews Christmas Tree Farm; Coolhounds; Steve Valvona; Waitrose; The Elgiva Theatre; Old Amersham Cycle Workshop; Haywood Health and Skincare.

Kids’ fancy dress

This is kindly sponsored and judged by The Village Nursery, Bellingdon. Judging will be at 2pm so do listen out for announcements on the PA. If you want to come in fancy dress but don’t want to enter the competition, that’s fine too!

Fun dog show

The order of the fun dog show, in association with Medical Detection Dogs,  will be as follows:

1 Best Puppy (3-12 months) 1:10pm
2 Golden Oldie (7 years and over) 1:10pm
3 Prettiest Bitch 1:30pm
4 Handsomest Dog 1:30pm
5 Best Young Handler 1:50pm
6 Waggiest Tail 2:10pm
7 Best Rescue Dog 2:30pm

Just £ 2.00 per event. 1st & 2nd place winners in each class are invited back to the Show Championship Event. This final event starts around, but not before 2:50pm.

Cheques to: Bellingdon & Asheridge Village Hall. Sorry, no refunds.

Rules: All times are approximate but will not start before stated time. It is your responsibility to get to the class on time. Entries limited. All dogs must be kept on their leads. Please make sure you clear up after your dog – Poo-Bags will be on site and a bin for your disposal. No bitches in season please. The judges’ decision will be final. B&AVH are not liable for your dogs behaviour, or any accident or injury caused by your dog.

Dog show entrants can print the entry form and fill it in beforehand if they wish. Copies will be available on the day, so don’t panic if your printer breaks down!

Our thanks for sponsoring the fun dog show go to: Tring Brewery; John and Carol Conlan; HG Matthews Fire Places; Priests Ford; Snobs of Amersham; Wendover Heights Vet Centre; WJ Harrap Motors; Wheelhouse Vet Centre; Medivet. Special thanks to those who also donated prizes for the winning pooches.


Any more donations for the fete would be gratefully received, ideally before Saturday so we have time to sort and price them, but this is not essential. Please email if you have items to drop off or if you would like us to collect.


Additional helpers on the day are always welcome – please email to let us know.

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Update 6/6/16

Raffle prizes

This year we are fortunate to have some phenomenal raffle prizes. Huge thanks must go to the generous folks who have donated these prizes and in advance to everyone that buys a ticket. The money you spend on this goes towards maintaining and upgrading our lovely village hall.

Rugby fans, rejoice, we have a pair of Premium tickets for a Rugby International at Twickenham (worth over £200) kindly donated by Conlan Associates Ltd. If you’re more of a wine aficionado, there’s a case of wine donated by residents or a bottle of Caymus 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon – worth £60! Priest’s of Chesham have kindly offered a car service, and the Akeman in Tring has provided us with a meal for four.

It might seem early to think about autumn and winter, but we have a voucher for a tree (valid at Christmas) and a pumpkin (Hallowe’en) from Christmas Tree Farm. Other prizes include (donated by): John Lewis Voucher (Steve Valvona); Family Ticket for the pantomime Beauty & the Beast (The Elgiva, Chesham); Bicycle Service (Old Amersham Cycle Workshop); Beauty Treatment (H H & S Ltd); Dog Photo shoot (Cool Hounds); Massage (Natalie at the B Club); Animal paw print casting (Fur baby castings); Paintball vouchers (Delta Force); Bottle of Champagne (Waitrose, Chesham).

We would like to extend our thanks to all those who have kindly donated prizes – the raffle looks immense this year so please do support it. We are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with Medical Detection Dogs for the fun dog show. This is a hugely worthwhile and relevant local charity, so please do come and support it on the day. Representatives from MDD will be on hand to explain their work with bio-detection dogs and medical assistance dogs.

And if that isn’t enough entertainment, there will be all the usual elements of a traditional village fete – coconut shy, tug-o-war, the Hemel Hempstead Band, raffle, tombola, tea and cakes, bar, BBQ and the children’s area with games, petting zoo and much more. Why not like our facebook page to keep up to date with the latest developments?

We still need more volunteers to make the day a resounding success – this can be anything from baking a cake to running a stall on the day. Do let us know if you’re able to help.

Update 23/5/16

Donations needed for fete stalls

The village doorknock will begin on Thursday 16th June. This year we’ve decided to spread the doorknock over several evenings, as in the past we’ve been unable to get to everyone.

We will call after 6pm, but no later than 9pm. If you will be unavailable or prefer to drop your goodies off at the hall that is fine too – just let us know on If we miss you, we’ll leave a card so you can contact us if you have items to donate.

Our team of volunteers will bring your Fete programme and will have raffle tickets for sale. They’ll also be able to take any kind donations that you might wish to make for the fete – we need lots of items for the tombola, children’s area, book stall, plant stall and so on. If items are particularly bulky we may need to arrange collection at a later date, or you could drop them off at the hall.

If you would like to help, either with the doorknock (what a great way to meet the neighbours!) or sorting villagers’ donations in time for the fete please let us know – the more the merrier!

Look out for our updates on the website, email and social media – if you know someone who would like to receive these updates please email us and we’ll happily add them to the list.

Just as a reminder, the fete is run for the benefit of a local charity (in this case Medical Detection Dogs) and to raise funds towards the upkeep of the village hall.

The village hall is a fantastic local community resource has really come into its own over the last year or so with the monthly pub nights that have been running since September 2015. If you haven’t been to one yet, you’re missing out! Home-cooked food, a great selection of drinks, traditional pub games and lively chat with neighbours. All are welcome. Owing to the fete the next pub night will be 22nd July.

Update 28/3/16

The Bellingdon and Asheridge Traditional Village Fete will take place on Saturday 25th June from 12:30-4:30pm – please put this in your diaries now, it’s only a few months away!

If you thought about getting in touch but haven’t got around to it – fear not! There is still room for more volunteers. Please email and we’re sure to have a role for you – as small or large as you want. Even if you can only spare an hour or two on the day, it all helps.

Click on the image for photographs from last year’s fete on our Flickr page:

Bellingdon and Asheridge Village Fete 2015

Look out for our update emails – if you don’t think you’re on the list but would like to be, please email us and we’ll happily add you.

If you have any raffle prizes that you’d like to donate, please contact us as soon as possible. We have some very exciting prizes in the pipeline that we’ll share with you as soon as we can, but more are still needed.

If you’d like to advertise in our programme, which is distributed to all houses in the two villages in advance of the fete, plus given to visitors on the day please contact us as soon as you can, as space is limited.

Update 1/3/16

Our traditional village fete is one of the highlights of the social calendar. Preparations are well underway for the 2016 event, to be held on Saturday 25th June. Please “like” our facebook page for the latest updates.

Our fete is known in the area because it is a traditional fete. We have music by The Hemel Hempstead Band. We run various stalls, tombola, cakes and teas, bric-a-brac, coconut shy, china smash, kiddies’ corner and much more.

The bar and BBQ are always very popular and the annual tug-o-war competition for the Page Cup is always hotly contested. The cup is currently held by the Bellingdon Boys’ Curry Club.

The team that put the event together and those that help on the day are a dedicated group of villagers intent on making our community a better place. The fete brings people together and the money raised is the main source of funding for the Village Hall and Recreation Grounds.

There is a dedicated village hall committee who meet regularly to arrange the maintenance and upkeep of this valuable village resource. If you are interested in joining the Village Hall Committee then contact

If you would like to become involved in the fete but are worried about coming along to a meeting without knowing anyone, then drop us an email for more details about what it is like to be a fete volunteer. We’re a very friendly bunch!

Previous fetes: 2015 | 20142013