Melbourn Fete aims to bring the village together, to have fun, socialise and raise money for local groups.
Each year the committee organises the day so that local clubs, societies and charities can set up stalls and provide entertainment to help with their fundraising. All proceeds are put back into the community, and over recent years we have donated over £33,000 to local groups and good causes.
In 2023, we donated to 1st Orwell Scout Group, All Saints’ Church Bells, Melbourn Action Community Support (MACS), Melbourn Community Library, Melbourn Dynamos and Royston and District Community Transport.
Other recent recipients of donations include: A Chain of Wild Flowers, All Saints’ Community Hall, Bassingbourn ATC, Melbourn Lunch Club, Melbourn Mobile Warden Scheme, Melbourn Primary School, Home-Start, MVC Ghana Students, Melbourn Youth Club, MVC Summer School, McSplash Swimming Club, Royal British Legion Women’s Section and Meridian Triathlon.
This would not be possible without the generous support of Melbourn Parish Council and our sponsors, as well as the hard work of our volunteers. In addition to planning the Fete, our Committee contributes to and supports other village events, through the loan of equipment and volunteers.
The first Melbourn Fete was held in 1986 and the event ran initially for ten years. It then stopped for five years, restarting again in 2003. Covid prevented us from holding events during lockdown and in the immediate aftermath, but with the addition of new committee members, we relaunched with a Family Fun Day in 2023 and look forward to more events and donations to local groups!
Meet the Committee
A more ragtag bunch you are unlikely to find, but without further ado, the committee… Photos incoming…
Gillian rebooted the Fete in 2003 and here she is still, 20 years later! Chief whip and organiser extraordinaire, Gillian suffers no fools, but has to suffer us.
The ‘Man with the Camper Van’, ‘Head of Site Services’ and ‘Keeper of the Container’, David’s long career in the Civil Service prepared him for his truest calling as exemplary minute-taker to the Committee.
When not keeping us in the black and ensuring that we can continue to donate to good causes, Chris can often be seen out on his bike, avoiding the potholes.
Health and Safety
Not only is he charged with keeping us safe, Trevor is the principal organiser of our Turn on to Christmas event and our marquee assembler par excellence.
Principal organiser of our raffles, Paula likes to break out her elf outfit whenever possible.
Signs and Motors
One half of our signage team, David makes sure our visitors are pointed in the right direction. Between him and Richard, they also organise our vintage vehicle displays.
Motors and Signs
The other half of our signage team, Richard also volunteers at IWM Duxford as part of the Catalina crew.
Coming from across the border in <shudder> Royston </shudder>, Ian has brought expertise and contacts from his time with the Royston Round Table and has quickly become an invaluable member of the committee.
‘If you want something done, ask a busy person.’ This sums Anna up perfectly, and she handles (amongst other things) our publicity. If it’s on Facebook, she did it… Also, churros…
A regular performer at our events, Amelia has joined the committee as co-ordinator of all things musical (though she doesn’t know that yet).
How do you pronounce that? Exactly. Guann-Yeu spends 75% of his life helping people pronounce his name. A photographer by trade, he is our IT gopher, maintaining our website and email system.
Congratulations on reaching the bottom of the page. Having shown enough interest to get here, you’re clearly the type of person who would make a difference to Melbourn Fete, so why not join us? It doesn’t have to be a committee role, but you never know…
For more information on how you can be involved, whether on the committee or as a volunteer, please get in touch!