Published 16th June 2020

We are very sad to announce that due to the impact of Covid-19, this year’s Much Hadham Fete and Dog Show will not take place.

Since our last update in May we have continued to monitor the situation, hopeful things would ease.  However as it stands there is still no government or local authority guidance which reaches as far as the end of August.  It feels very unlikely such large public gatherings will be permitted by then anyway and, even if they were, considering the lead-times with all the various parties involved with the fete, and the continuing social distancing and other healthcare guidance and restrictions, unfortunately it is not possible to organise such an event confidently.

The next Much Hadham Fete and Dog show will therefore now be held on 30th August 2021 and it goes without saying our aim is to create something special.

In the meantime, Trustees of the Much Hadham Recreation Trust have been working with numerous local groups and organisations to assist in the provision of resources and where applicable to provide guidance on applying for government and local authority grants and assistance packages.

The Trust has worked closely with CAREbank, to create resources to help with social connection during physical distancing, and the creation of a new website which has quickly become a focal point for many, providing up to date information, advice and links to local and national resources. www.carebank.uk

We are also standing ready to assist where we can in the organisation of an alternative village-centric event later in the year should such events be permitted.

In the meantime, we wish everyone the best in the strange and uncertain times and know that this will end and good times lie ahead.

Best wishes, The Fete Committee

- Emergency Grant Allocation - Staying Connected Initiative -
Published 5th April 2020

On the 24th March 2020 the Trustees agreed unanimously to allocate an emergency grant of £300 to CareBank, for the printing of literature to be distributed to those in the Parish who need help and assistance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. The first batch of literature contained a timetable of virtual events and activities along with activity sheets containing knitting patterns, recipes, quizzes and things to do, and a vital list of assistance contact numbers. The social diary of virtual events and activity packs were delivered to over 400 households across the Parish!

The Trustees applaud the work being carried out to assist those in need of help.

Claire Uwins of CareBank commented:

"• Several of our self-isolating residents have been enjoyed our daily morning service with Rev. Steve via Zoom.

• A virtual cuppa via Zoom one afternoon and a virtual cookery demo of fresh tomato soup using our local Green Tye tomato farm product both went down a storm! It has got us thinking of doing a tomato run for those self isolating residents who love tomatoes.

• The number of self isolating residents joining the virtual activities has gradually increased as the week has progressed and Week 2 of the diary promises to be even more exciting with new activities such as barre ballet and chair yoga on offer.

• Self-isolating residents have been knitting baby hats, making lemon puddings and doing quizzes and brain teasers from our week 1 activity pack."

- Grant Applications for 2019 Now Open -
Published 10th September 2019

Any organisation within the Parish wishing to apply for a grant should send in their applications to arrive by 25th October, so that the Trustees can allocate funds at their meeting in early November.  Applications must be made on the Grant Applications Form only, available to download from the website. Full details can be found on the Grant Applications Page of this website or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

- 2019 Grants Awarded -
Published 19th November 2019

The Trustees met in November to consider grant applications for 2019/20.  With the profits from this year’s Fete and many private donations, we were able to make grants of just over £15,600.   Full details can be found on the Grant Awards Page of this website or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On behalf of the community organisations, for many of whom these grants are important for their continued success, we would like to thank all those who contributed so much to the Fete this year and to those who made very generous donations, which enabled these grants to be made.

The Fete is entirely run by volunteers. Many people volunteer their time on Fete day itself and with set up and dismantling, for which we are very grateful. However, we still need more people to join the Fete Organising Committee to help spread the roles and responsibilities for all of the advance planning and organisation. Something of this scale does not just happen by itself! Please do contact us if you would like to help.

- 2018 Fete Report and Result -
Published 4th September 2018

Despite a rather wet setup on the Sunday the weather held on Monday and we welcomed more visitors than ever before to our Village Fete and Dog Show.

We are delighted to report that the profit from this year’s Fete is circa. £19,000. A fantastic result!

We had a wide range of fairground rides and bouncy castles to choose from along with a giant foot-darts game and the ever-popular “have-a-go” archery. The new addition of Handball was very well received with visitors of all ages, from toddlers to grandmothers taking a shot and scoring. Thank you Stansted Supers Handball Club for setting that up.

Much Hadham Baby and Toddler Group and Youth Create put together an expanded “Kiddie Corner” and “Fun Zone” this year for our younger visitors which included a soft-play area, sand pit, face-painting and character “meet and greet” performances. We understand both had excellent feedback from users and it’s nice to see these local groups benefiting from the exposure the event gives them.

It was great to see that fete stalwarts target bowls, china smashing, coconut shy, roll-a-ball and tombola were all inundated with players, proving that our careful mix of modern and traditional content works very well.  The China Smashing game was met with what appeared to be an increased level of enthusiasm this year, so much so we think it would be better described as “Anger Management Therapy” next year.

Always a favourite, the train ride entertained kids young and old with huge smiles as they were transported around the field by our vintage tractor pulling equally vintage trailers.

The white elephant, clothes and book stalls all did a roaring trade, as did the raffle, and of course there was live music from the Bocking Brass providing a nice musical note to the event.

Nearly 50 trade stalls offered a wide range of goods and services and we have received so many good comments from them as well as their customers about the range and quality on offer.

Once again The Dog Show, run by the Little Hadham MediVet team, was hugely successful.  The show has become a firm fixture for many owners wishing to show their animals and we are so grateful to Joe Wyatt and his team for running such a popular, well respected and fun show.  The separate Dog Agility Arena, run by Red Dog Training, was also very popular with visitors.

We had a wide range of food outlets this year with new entrants Van Pizza going down so well that they ran out of pizza dough and the superb BBQ, roast pork carvery, “Gin & Fizz” bar, paella stall and vegetarian/satay kitchen all served long queues of hungry yet happy people.

The bar this year was provided by The Prince of Wales Public House and we are grateful to our dedicated team of village volunteers who expertly ran the teas for us. Each served a huge number of guests.

The same traffic management and car parks plan was used this year and once again we parked nearly 1500 cars all without incident and without creating gridlock on the high street. Parking in the village streets was also significantly reduced with only one reported issue. Thank you to all the residents that helped us by moving their cars off the main roads for the duration of the event, it really does help us.

Of course, an event this size does not just happen.  There is a huge amount of time and sheer hard work in putting it together and running it on the day.  We would like to thank EVERYONE involved for all their efforts and fantastic spirit and goodwill.  We had a marvellous team of volunteers and we could not do it without them.  

A big thank you also to Dr. Roh, Maureen Renny, Kevin Gregory and David Bottrill for allowing us to use their land for access and car parking, which is so vital for the running of the Fete.

Finally, while we go to great lengths to ensure the extra traffic and number of visitors which the Fete generates has as little impact as possible on the village, there is inevitably some disruption on the day and we thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation.

It is always fantastic to welcome so many visitors to our village each year for what must be one of the friendliest and enjoyable events in the area. We look forward to welcoming everyone again next year.