All the fun of the fayre

Rev’d Canon Katrina Scott lists the things that makes the season special

We are now well into the season of village fetes. I feel these are such special occasions – lots of visitors, and residents together, music, stalls, games, and hopefully a little sunshine too! They are days filled with planning and hard work for the ‘home team’, but also lots of laughter, fundraising for good causes, and friendships.

Whenever I come home after one of our fetes, I come home giving thanks for that local community. There are people who put up tents, who carry tables, others who bake cakes and serve endless glasses of Pimms, there are people who count out all the pennies, who decorate the streets, run the stalls, or who direct traffic to the car parks… and so many more. Fetes wouldn’t happen without so many committed volunteers and they are a great focus of community celebration.

Jesus talked again and again in the Bible about how we relate to the people around us and he stressed how important our community relationships are. One of my favourite stories he told is of the Good Samaritan, he told the people to ‘love their neighbours’, and told that story so that they would ‘go and do likewise’. I see these principles being acted on week after week in our Cotswold villages and I give thanks for them.

Fete season is a great chance for us to celebrate our local communities, to serve our neighbour and to show what a difference communities working together can make.


Revd Canon Katrina Scott is a Rector of 7 churches at the heart of the Cotswolds (including Cutsdean, Farmcote, Temple Guiting, Guiting Power, Naunton, Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter) and also Area Dean of the North Cotswold Deanery. She has lived here since 2015, having previously served in Coventry for 15 years. Katrina loves being a vicar, and loves being a wife and a mother too.