Bigger and better

By Mark Elson in Local People

THE annual Mitch­eldean fete and folk festival has become bigger and better, say organisers.

The combined fete, poetry and folk festival, replaces an annual carnival which ended in 2009.

Events included singing in the Brewery Tap on Friday and the White Horse on Saturday, a concert in the parish church and a poetry festival in the library.

Andrew Maliphant, who is one of the organisers, said: “The standard of entries to the young people’s poetry competition was once more impressively high.”

The village fete took place on the playing fields with a record number of stalls as well as a dog show organised by the Forest of Dean Dog Rescue.

It was also the first year of competition to come up with a figure based on ‘Jolter’, a Forest character of days gone by.

Guests of honour were Queen Daisy May, King Reece and their attendants from Mitcheldean Primary School.

An unexpected highlight of the fete was 40 ladies from Nottingham who had come to Mitcheldean for a double hen party, and who grabbed paper hankies to join in the Morris dancing!

Among the many highlights was the beer festival run by Mitcheldean’s own Bespoke Brewery.

To round off the weekend, a record number of 31 walkers sang in the pubs and fields on the Sunday folk walk around Longhope and back.

•See this week’s Review for more photographs.

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