Races, fun and time for tea! It’s Midgley Fete on Saturday, June 13

Always a winner - the straw bale race
Always a winner - the straw bale race

Midgley’s popular biennial village fete is set to go ahead this Saturday, June 13.

This year’s fete will be bigger and brighter than ever, with a full programme of traditional fun and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

The fete gets underway on Midgley Recreation Ground at 1pm with Maypole dancing by Midgley school children, and continues with welly wanging, children’s races, tug of war, straw races, pitch and toss, and Midgley’s famous terrier races where doggy chaos is guaranteed.

There will be plenty of traditional stalls and games such as the coconut shy, test your strength and hook a duck competitions will provide fun for all ages, and there will be a range of food stalls as well as plants and local crafts.

Hebden Bridge Junior Band will play throughout the afternoon, and local bands the Muskrats and Revolver will continue the party atmosphere into the evening.

The fete is supported by a grant from Calderdale Council’s Community Festivals and Events fund.

One of the fete’s organisers Jennifer Vale said: “We are looking forward to a brilliant day of traditional village fun. Midgley fete is always eagerly anticipated and this year’s promises to be the best yet, with a packed afternoon of activities and entertainment.”

The beer tent will serve real Yorkshire ale all day, whilst the tea tent will offer a chance for a quiet sit down with delicious home make cakes.

This year sees the return of the Churn Milk Chase Fell race, starting and finishing in the fete arena and taking in a circuit of Midgley Moor.

Fell runners are asked to register between 12.30pm and 1.15pm on the fete field.

The Arts and Crafts marquee invites entries for a range of competitions for both children and adults.

Competition schedules can be collected from Midgley Shop.