Hadstock Fete sees welly-wanging and egg-throwing to raise money for church
PUBLISHED: 00:10 20 June 2017
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It was mainly a matter of throwing things at Hadstock Fete on Saturday, June 17 on the hottest weekend of the year, so far and how far you could throw them.
Apparently raw eggs will bounce on grass (which is probably handy for the hens laying them) and was useful too for pairs of fete-goers competing to see how many times they could hurl and catch an egg before it broke.
Chairman of the fete committee, Tim Boydon and his son Simon, who Tim describes as “a 40-year-old teenager” who drove back to the family home from Surrey, specially, managed nine times before the egg smashed.
Also in the air were Wellington boots with a cash prize for the longest distance one travelled.
Mr Boydon said: “It was all about having a great time.”
The event raised nearly £6,000 for St Botolph’s Church in the village founded by the Danish King Cnut. After he won the nearby battle of Ashandun (now Ashdon) in October 1016 he wanted to make peace with the Anglo Saxons, the church is named after the Anglo Saxon patron saint of travellers.
The church, which is in the Guinness Book of Records for having the oldest church door in England is raising £70,000 for interior repairs.