AFTER last year’s wash-out, the 3bs annual parish garden fête in Bramber has returned with its best year yet.
The rain was forgotten as the sun shone over Tinkers Court, in High Street, on Saturday and crowds enjoyed the traditional stalls and games, as well as gymnastics and musical performances.
A total of £3,500 was collected for the Raise the Roof Appeal at St Peter’s Church, Upper Beeding.
Church warden Chris Carter said: “It is the most we have ever collected at the summer fête.
“It went extremely well. The weather was brilliant and we had a lot of visitors who were also visiting the gardens at St Mary’s House.”
Many people across the 3bs parish had got involved, he said, because they were keen to save the church, whether or not they were churchgoers themselves.
Mr Carter said it had helped with it being for a specific purpose and added his stall, the bottle tombola, had raised £250 on its own.
The annual fête has been held at Tinkers Court for the last five years, although last year it had to be abandoned half-way through due to the weather.
The Rev John Challis spent the last part of this year’s fête as Krusty the Clown, much to everyone’s amusement. He went on to complete a busy weekend by taking part in the British 10k London Run on Sunday, raising around £500 for the British Thyroid Foundation.