Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
The annual Wistaston Village Fete is organised by Wistaston Community Council and was due to take place on Saturday 20th June 2020 at Wistaston Church Lane Academy.
Unfortunately, Wistaston Village Fete has been cancelled this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
The Fete would have included a procession, Rose Queen crowning, children’s fancy dress competition, vehicle display, live performances, refreshments, and charity stalls.
Despite the Fete’s cancellation this year, the Wistaston Rose Queen for 2019 (Charlotte Shaw) and her Attendant (Lucia Kemp) have kindly agreed to continue their roles for a second year until the Wistaston Village Fete in 2021. Charlotte and Lucia will also generously continue with their fundraising efforts, where possible, towards their chosen charity: Parkinson’s UK and the local Crewe & District Branch of Parkinson’s UK.
Charlotte and Lucia both recorded thank you update videos, which were posted on the St Mary’s News & Information blog.
Charlotte Shaw, Wistaston Rose Queen, said: “Hello everyone at St Mary’s and St Luke’s. I have really enjoyed my year as Rose Queen and fundraising with my Attendant this year. To start off I would just like to say a big thank you to my family and Lucia’s family for all the support you have given me this year. I have really appreciated the support from everyone at church and the wider community attending my fundraising events and giving generously. It has been great to have the opportunity to represent the junior church and fund raise for my chosen charities, Parkinson’s UK and the local Parkinson’s UK Crewe & District Branch. As well as fundraising I was proud to represent the Junior Church at several local events including the Duck Race, an art workshop at Richmond Village and Reverend Ken’s garden party in support of Diabetes UK. During lock-down I have tried to keep going with my fundraising by selling packs of flamingo cards – so far I have raised £1,100 for the charities. Being Rose Queen has helped me to build my confidence up. I used to be nervous, but this has given me the chance to stand up and talk in front of large groups of people. Once again, thank you all for your support.”
Lucia Kemp, Attendant, said: “Hi Charlotte, hi everyone. Thank you for letting me stay for one more year as Rose Queen Attendant. I hope you are well. Bye.”
Rev. Mike Turnbull, St Mary’s Church, Wistaston, said: “I am pleased that Charlotte and Lucia are continuing for another year and that they will be able to finish their time as Rose Queen and Attendant properly at the 2021 Wistaston Village Fete.”
Ian Gould, Wistaston Community Council, said: “Back at the beginning of May we decided to cancel Wistaston Village Fete because of Covid-19. This probably didn’t come as a surprise, but we left it as long as possible to make the decision. It seemed unlikely that it would have been permitted and was probably not a good idea anyway. We certainly needed to avoid unnecessary work and give ample notice to stall holders and performers. Our best wishes to the Rose Queen and her Attendant for a successful second year of fundraising for their chosen charities. We had planned to run the Flower and Produce Show, but this has now also been cancelled. The Duck Race and other future events are still under review.”
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