- Trustee News -
Published 8th March 2017

James Steel has decided to stand down as Treasurer and as a Trustee of Much Hadham Recreation Trust.  James has been our Treasurer for several years now.  It is one of the key roles within the Recreation Trust, preparing the annual accounts, dealing with cash floats and collections for the fete, dealing with gift aid applications, paying applicants their grant monies and so much more. We would like to say a big thank you to James for his efficiency and enthusiasm in everything he has done for the Trust, including his wise counsel as a trustee.

However, we are delighted to report that Ashrafa Sutton has agreed to become a new Trustee, and to take over the role of Treasurer, in James' place.

- 2016 Grants Awarded -
Published 18th November 2016

The Trustees met in November to consider grant applications for 2016/17. First, it was agreed that £1,500 would be set aside for investment to refurbish and renew equipment for next year’s Fete and for additional website and social media activity. Then, following the success of this year’s Fete, private donations and the contribution of part of the surplus from the Queen’s Birthday Party, grants of £19,985 in total were allocated. 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 organisations who received grants 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 the grants to be made.

- 2016 Event Report -
Published 12th September 2016

Well, what a difference a year makes!

After two years of atrocious rain this year’s Village Fete was blessed with glorious sunshine, and the visitors kept on coming. In fact it was one of the busiest years ever, with over 1,300 cars in the car park and many more arriving by foot, and hopefully also one of the most entertaining years.

We had more fairground attractions than ever, three bouncy castles to choose from, a new “Kiddies Corner” for the toddlers and new tennis and hockey challenges alongside such Fete stalwarts as target bowls, china smashing, archery and the train ride. The coconut shy was faced with such a deluge of sharp shooters that it ran out of coconuts and had to shut up shop early!

We had a wider selection of food outlets than ever. New entrants such as a “Gin & Fizz” bar and paella stall seemed to go down very well alongside a superb BBQ (run by the Green Tye & Perry Green Society), a roast pork carvery, vegetarian/satay option from Tickle Cottage and donuts. Our own bar enthusiastically run by MH Football Club along with the teas and cakes expertly run by village volunteers each served huge numbers of guests and made significant contributions to the result. There were two ice cream vans but the queues suggested that three would not have gone amiss and we know that over 5000 hot sugary donuts were served.

The Dog Show, run by the Little Hadham MediVet team, was hugely successful. All of the 13 classes were oversubscribed, with entrants from far afield mixing happily with local dog owners. We also had a separate Dog Agility Competition this year, run by Red Dog Training, which was very popular. The white elephant, clothes and book stalls did a roaring trade, as did the raffle and there was live music from the Bocking Brass Band plus other events and stalls far too numerous to mention. 

We are delighted to report that the profit from this year’s Fete is over £17,000. This is a marvellous result; more than the last two years combined.

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 (although we could always do with more) and we could not do it without you! A big thank you also to Dr. Roh and Kevin Gregory for continuing to allow car parking on their fields, which is so vital for the running of the Fete.

Finally, while we go to great lengths to ensure the extra traffic 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 co-operation.

- 2016 Grant Applications Open -
Published 1st October 2016

Any organisation within the Parish wishing to apply for a grant should send in their applications to arrive by 23 October, so that the Trustees can allocate funds at their meeting in early November.  Applications should include details of the organisation, the amount requested, the proposed use for the grant monies, other actual or potential sources for the funding and any relevant supporting materials. 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.