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Early Summer Fetes in Christleton

Christleton Village Fetes

The tradition for holding Village Fetes at Christleton seems to have evolved from the efforts of Rector Lionel Garnett to raise funds for the re building of the church in 1876/7. The first record I can find is in 1871, when a Fete and Rose Show was held, although these took place before the need of serious fundraising was a necessity. The first major event took place in August 1875 when a Rural Fete was held on the Rectory Grounds for the re-building of the Church Fund. This was an event under the Patronage of the Duke of Westminster, K G., and a large number of local worthies including The Mayor of Chester, the Currie Family of Boughton Hall and Mrs Townsend Ince of Christleton Hall. The Fete was open from 12 noon until 9.00pm Admission 1s. children, half price!

Entertainment was provided by the Band of the 30th Regiment and Punchinello (Her Majesty’s Punch and Judy.) Admission 6d and 3d. This show was held four times during the day. A second entertainment was given by Professor W Tyler from Crystal Palace London, providing Magical, Musical, & Ventriloqual Wonders. Admission 6d & 3d. There were also Hot Air Balloon Ascents at intervals during the day!!!

A second magnificent affair was held on Bank Holiday Monday 7th 1876. This was called
A Grand Fete at Christleton near Chester. (Buses were provided from the corner of City Road in Chester!) Admission One shilling, children Half price.
All proceeds for the rebuilding of the Parish Church.

This event had a Fancy Fair, Athletic Sports, Pigeon Shooting, Rifle Gallery, Cross Bows and Dart Guns, Archery, Skittles, Aunt Sally, Quoits etc. What a range of fairly dangerous weapon sports! I hope there was room for great safety on the field which would have been on The Park, the current Christleton High School playing fields.

The Band of the First Royal Cheshire Militia played for Dancing.

The Programme of Athletic Sports included;
100 yards Handicap (Christleton youths) 120 yards Handicap (Christleton Youths)
120 yards Hurdle Race (6 flights), A Mile Walking Race, 120 yards Flat race, High Jump, Broad Jump, Half Mile Flat Race, Quarter Mile Flat Race, Soldiers Race 150 yards, Sack Race, Egg & Spoon Race 80 yards. Entrance for all these races was 6d, 1s & 2s, but prizes were substantial, from 5s, 15s, to £1 and there was a cup to be won for many of the open races.

Refreshments:-
Tea in Tent 1s Meat Pies 3d Sandwiches 2d Buns 1d Beer & Porter 2d Wine 4d Cigars 3d.

I haven’t discovered how much these Fetes raised, but it would be substantial amounts towards the initial rebuilding costs of £4,000, although the actual costs came to nearer £7.000. These two major Fetes laid the foundation of fundraising in the village, and was closely followed by Agricultural, Rose & Flower Shows, and the style of Village Shows held today, (when the pandemic allows). These village shows were held to raise money for the running costs of the two schools, including some teachers salary costs and grants to poor families. Canon Garnett is regarded as a wonderful & inspiring Rector, who with enormous energy and the support of Mrs Lucy Ann Ince, The Dixon Family of Littleton The Duke of Westminster and others caused so much to happen in Christleton. A new Church, a new Boys School, an addition to the Girls and Infants School, a new Institute and Working Men’s Club, Christleton Sports Clubs, and so much more. I hope you enjoy the random selection of Village Fete photographs from our Archive Collection.

  •  Christleton Fete 1908

    Christleton Fete 1908

  •  Alyn Arthur Guest Williams at 1951 Christleton Fete

    Alyn Arthur Guest Williams at 1951 Christleton Fete

  •  1935 Christleton Fete

    1935 Christleton Fete

  •  Janet Parsonage, Rose Queen 1959 Christleton Fete

    Janet Parsonage, Rose Queen 1959 Christleton Fete

  •  Christleton Fete in the 1950's

    Christleton Fete in the 1950's

  •  Charles and Angela Mack

    Charles and Angela Mack

  •  P & A Davies Bread Van

    P & A Davies Bread Van

  •  Karen Jones Christleton Fete 1994

    Karen Jones Christleton Fete 1994

  •  Les George Christleton Village Fete 2000

    Les George Christleton Village Fete 2000

  •  Eleanor Galley 1997 Christleton Village Fete

    Eleanor Galley 1997 Christleton Village Fete

  •  Rose Queen Merle Hampton Christleton Fete 1966

    Rose Queen Merle Hampton Christleton Fete 1966

  •  Christleton Fete 1960's. Duchess of Westminster

    Christleton Fete 1960's. Duchess of Westminster

  •  Lisa Hardy and retinue Christleton Fete 1977

    Lisa Hardy and retinue Christleton Fete 1977

  •  1977 Village Fete at Christleton High School

    1977 Village Fete at Christleton High School

  •  Rose Queen Trudi Salter in the 1985 Christleton Fete Procession

    Rose Queen Trudi Salter in the 1985 Christleton Fete Procession

  •  1984 Christleton Fete Procession

    1984 Christleton Fete Procession

  •  Maypole at Christleton Fete in the 1980's

    Maypole at Christleton Fete in the 1980's

  •  Christleton Fete Fancy Dress in the 1980's

    Christleton Fete Fancy Dress in the 1980's

  •  Christleton Fete Fancy Dress entries in the 1980's

    Christleton Fete Fancy Dress entries in the 1980's

  •  Alf and Margaret Croston at Christleton Village Fete

    Alf and Margaret Croston at Christleton Village Fete

  •  Gertrude Wright at the Christleton Fete in the 1980's

    Gertrude Wright at the Christleton Fete in the 1980's

  •  Henry VIII and one of his wives at Christleton Fete

    Henry VIII and one of his wives at Christleton Fete

  •  24Sumi Michie Gordon and Dorothy Robinson, Christleton Fete

    24Sumi Michie Gordon and Dorothy Robinson, Christleton Fete

  •  Chizuru Uchida at Christleton Fete

    Chizuru Uchida at Christleton Fete

  •  Anna and Jenny at Christleton Fete

    Anna and Jenny at Christleton Fete

  •  Martin Thompson at Christleton Village Fete

    Martin Thompson at Christleton Village Fete

  •  Rebecca Tall at Christleton Fete

    Rebecca Tall at Christleton Fete

  •  Christleton Fete with a Chinese theme

    Christleton Fete with a Chinese theme

  •  Chinese Dragons at Christleton Village Fete

    Chinese Dragons at Christleton Village Fete

  •  Chinese Dragons performing at Christleton Village Fete

    Chinese Dragons performing at Christleton Village Fete

  •  The 2008 Christleton Village Fete

    The 2008 Christleton Village Fete

  •  Sumo Wrestlers at the 2008 Christleton Village Fete

    Sumo Wrestlers at the 2008 Christleton Village Fete

  •  The 2004 Christleton Village Fete

    The 2004 Christleton Village Fete

  •  Refreshments at the 2008 Christleton Fete

    Refreshments at the 2008 Christleton Fete

  •  Christleton Rose Queen Sophie Brown, 2013

    Christleton Rose Queen Sophie Brown, 2013

  •  Sophie Brown and Retinue at the 2013 Christleton Village Fete

    Sophie Brown and Retinue at the 2013 Christleton Village Fete

  •  The theme for the 2013 Christleton Fete was Dr Who

    The theme for the 2013 Christleton Fete was Dr Who

  •  Dawn Sturgess, Dr Who Theme for Christleton Fete 2013

    Dawn Sturgess, Dr Who Theme for Christleton Fete 2013

  •  Wirral Pie Band at Christleton Village Fete

    Wirral Pie Band at Christleton Village Fete

  •  Olympic Theme for the Christleton Fete 2012

    Olympic Theme for the Christleton Fete 2012

  •  A wet Christleton Fete with Rose Queen Alice Ewins

    A wet Christleton Fete with Rose Queen Alice Ewins

  •  Ready for an Olympics Theme at Christleton Fete 2012

    Ready for an Olympics Theme at Christleton Fete 2012

  •  All aboard for the 2008 Christleton Village Fete

    All aboard for the 2008 Christleton Village Fete

  •  Captain Jack Sparrow at the 2008 Christleton Fete and not a Black Pearl in sight

    Captain Jack Sparrow at the 2008 Christleton Fete and not a Black Pearl in sight

  •  Pre School in the 2016 Christleton Village Fete

    Pre School in the 2016 Christleton Village Fete

  •  Christleton Pre School at the Village Fete

    Christleton Pre School at the Village Fete

  •  David Harker opens Christleton Village Fete 2016

    David Harker opens Christleton Village Fete 2016

  •  Children's Entertainer at the 2016 Christleton Village Fete

    Children's Entertainer at the 2016 Christleton Village Fete

  •  Wirral Pipe Band performng at Christleton Village Fete

    Wirral Pipe Band performng at Christleton Village Fete

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Early Summer Fetes in Christleton

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