Fete Date – 2016

The 11th Annual Ben Rhydding Fete will be held on

Saturday 18th June 2-4pm on Wheatley Fields.

 “Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday”

There will be the usual mix of live music, craft stalls, community stalls, food, entertainment and a beer tent.


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Ben Rhydding Scarecrows heading for the Community Fete

fete scarecrow

Red, white and blue will be much in evidence as the Ben Rhydding Community Fete will be marking the Queen’s 90th birthday in June; her official birthday month. The Fete will once again be held on the Valley Drive field, off Wheatley Lane, on Saturday June 18th from 2 – 4pm. Entry is free.

This year the Fete will include the culmination of the first Ben Rhydding Scarecrow Festi-val which will run from 30th May to 18th June. A scarecrow trail will be created round Ben Rhydding village with riddles to solve along the way. The riddles will spell a mystery word with prizes to be won every day. £1 trail sheets will be on sale from the Wheatley Arms, with all proceeds going to the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford.

All the scarecrows will be transported to the Fete on the 18th June and will be on show in the Scarecrow Garden. The winners of the best scarecrow categories will be announced, and the Fete will also include a children’s scarecrow fancy dress competition.

If you wish to make a scarecrow for the trail, and for further details about the scarecrow fancy dress competition, please contact Scarecrow Festival organiser Claire Macina: or call 07951 535881

“This year is the Fete’s tenth anniversary” says Fete committee chair Mrs Karen Palframan, “and the free community event has grown and grown. We are delighted that the Fete will also feature the scarecrows”. As always, the Fete will have all the usual attractions including stalls, games, croquet competitions, golf challenges, a raffle and a bouncy castle, a full arena entertainment programme of singing and dancing, as well as tea and beer tents, a barbecue and plenty of ice cream. Something for everyone in fact.

Local community groups, sports clubs, schools, churches and charities take part and the Fete is kindly sponsored by local businesses Audley Clevedon and The Wheatley Arms.

“We’ve at last been able to settle on a fixed date for the Fete”, added Karen, “which is the third Saturday in June. We hope this will enable more people to lend a hand, as we are in need of more helpers on the day and also more committee members. The Fete is organised by the community, for the community, and we’re looking for more people to help with the wide variety of tasks involved”.

For further information, call 01943 607334 or e-mail See also www.benrhyddingfete.co.uk or find the Fete on Facebook.


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Results of Croquet Competition



126  pupils and parents  from (All Saints, Ashlands, Ben Rhydding, Ghyll Royd, Moorfield, Sacred Heart, Westville, IGS, together with a number of  visiting families from Skipton, Guiseley, Otley and Menston competed in a One Ball – Six Hoops  Competition organised by  Ben Rhydding Croquet Club. They played on two mini croquet lawns beautifully prepared by Brent Thompson within a roped off area in the centre of the fete arena.


Prize winners:

Gold Certificate: Sam Connolly, Jill Horn, Adam Catlin, David Whitehead, Will Drake, Keith Terry, Jenny Wholley and Patricia Lumsden.

Silver Certificate: Chris Connolly, Nicky Whitehead, Chris Wholley, Zoe Spencer, Alastair Horn, Hugh Jamieson, Samantha Stevens and Stephenia Ockroyd.

Bronze Certificate: Catherine Whitehead, Becky Wholley, Frankie Catlin, Peter Horn, Simon Beecham, John Ockroyd, Louise Wellington and Holly Spence.

Some 30 years ago croquet was played at Ilkley Lawn Tennis Club on what is now their No1 Grass Court Lawn, and also at the Craiglands Hotel, until the Conference Centre / Conservatory was built over it!.

Croquet is currently played at Ben Rhydding Croquet Club, Coutances Way, Leeds Road, LS29 8AW on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30am through to 4:00pm from April to October and beyond! www.benrhyddingcroquet.co.uk or contact Membership Secretary  01943  862125.


Richard Lorimer

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Fete Report

The 10th annual Ben Rhydding Community Fete took place on Saturday 20th June 2015 on the former field of Ilkley Middle School between Valley Drive and Wheatley Lane.

This was a fun-filled afternoon for all age groups, with predominantly dry and warm weather bringing a high attendance by local families and many from further afield.

The Fete was officially opened at 2.00pm by Ilkley Parish Council Chairman, Councillor Brian Mann, along with organiser and Chair of the Fete Committee, Mrs. Karen Palframan.  Visitors were then treated to a full two hours of varied entertainment in the main arena, beginning with performances by the Churches Together in Ilkley 2000 (C.T.I.) Dance Group and the Joze School of Performing Arts.  The Singe’n’swing Jazz Band were then followed by the men and ladies of the Ben Rhydding Community Choir, led by musician and composer Keely Hodgson, who sang eight numbers in a mixture of English and African dialects!  The choir was followed by the Wright Theatre Arts Dance Academy, and the ladies of the Raks Zina Dance Troupe rounded off the entertainment in the main arena.

Meanwhile around the circumference of the arena a wide variety of local clubs, societies, uniformed groups and charities manned stalls, parading their wares and promoting good causes, offering games and selling books, toys, plants and much more, thereby raising money along with their respective profiles within the community.

Sporting activities included golf challenges and cricket skills with the coconut shy.  Also, following renewed interest in the sport of croquet at last year’s Fete, there was the opportunity to participate competitively, as Richard Lorimer of Ben Rhydding Croquet Club organised competitions for both children and adults.

St. John’s Church played a large part in the festivities, providing amongst other things the tea tent with hot and cold drinks and delicious home-made cakes, the Singe’n’swing Jazz Band, gate stewards, a “Messy Church” stall and also the very popular barbecue, which raised funds for the Revival Centre in Matugga, Uganda.  Members of the Fete Committee performed various roles to ensure the smooth running of the afternoon, with much hard work having gone on beforehand behind the scenes.

Other forms of refreshments available included the beer tent, sponsored by the “Wheatley Arms Hotel”, and the constantly busy Yorkshire Dales ice cream van, attendance at both being boosted by the favourable weather.

The afternoon ended with the ever-popular raffle, prizes for which had been kindly donated by “The Wheatley Arms Hotel”, W.T.A. Dance Academy, Melissa Morton Garden Design, Wharfe Photography, Popalicious cake pops, “Tivoli Cafe Bar”, Furniss Butchers and “The Green Room”.

Mrs Palframan commented “It’s hard to believe that 10 years have flown by since a small group of us came together to organise the 1st fete in 2006. The fete has proved ever popular and I’d like to thank the many unsung volunteers who work so hard to organise the event, and the fantastic performers who give their time to entertain the visitors. We’re particularly grateful this year to Dig it Hire who did a wonderful job clearing all the loose grass from the field. We hope to fix the annual fete date as the 3rd Saturday in June, so pencil in 18th June 2016! ”

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