THE villagers of Trysull, in the green fringes of the Black Country, offer a warm welcome to all at their garden fete this weekend.
Fiona Bowers, chairman of the Social and Fund Raising committee, said, "The preparations are well under way and visitors will be able to join us at the vicarage for a traditional, relaxing garden fete for families and friends of all ages to enjoy.
"There will be many games and activities as well as several stalls to browse. We will have a bouncy castle and a face-painter and Trysull School is helping us to organise some children's games including splat-a-rat, hook-a-duck and straws-in-the-sand. There will be a lovely Shetland pony to cuddle and a local magician from the Magic Circle to do some tricks.
"The Vicar, Rev Jeanette Hartwell, is asking people to guess the name of her pet chicken and giving a prize of a cuddly craft version to the winner. We also have a joint of lamb for the winner of our skittles competition, a modern version of bowling for a pig. We are holding a cake bake-off, where anyone can enter their home made cakes for the competition.
"Entry to the fete is free and we will only have a small charge for the games and activities. Families with both children and grandparents will be most welcome; the children can enjoy the games while the grandparents can come along for a lovely cuppa with home-made cakes and enjoy the atmosphere.
"We aim to re-create a traditional village fete atmosphere with many attractions for both children and whole families to enjoy, and proceeds will be towards All Saints Church, Trysull."
The Trysull Village Garden Fete at Trysull Vicarage, School Road, WV5 7HR, runs from 2pm to 6pm, Saturday, July 12.