Sezincote fete 'best ever' fundraiser

Cotswold Journal: Children from Longborough Primary dancing round the Maypole with Marion Henshaw (front). Children from Longborough Primary dancing round the Maypole with Marion Henshaw (front).

A FETE held in the setting of a unique Indian house in the Cotswolds has raised more than £10,000.

Organisers of the event held at Sezincote House, near Moreton, on June 14 said it was their "best fundraising event" ever for St James Church, Longborough.

Visitors enjoyed First World War theme dress and exhibitions, vintage cars, traditional stalls, maypole dancing and Tug o'war along with music from a brass band.

Organiser Pam Mather said: "We had an absolutely wonderful day, and it exceeded all expectations. "The amount of people that came to our event was overwhelming, and we had our very best fund raising event ever, with some £10,200 raised.

"The weather was perfect, and was a real family, friendly event in a beautiful setting in the grounds of Sezincote House."

Youngster from Longborough Primary School danced around the Maypole after being taught the dances from Marion Henshaw, who lives in the village.

Headteacher Clare Fisher said: "It was such a stunning setting. It was just lovely to be there and be part of it. The children hadn't been rehearsing for long. They did brilliantly."

After expenses, £8,500 has been earmarked towards the £17,000 cost of repairing two windows in the church.

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