THE sun was definitely shining on Hatherden as families enjoyed the village’s annual fete, raising around £12,000 — more than ever before.

On Saturday last week, there was a host of fun to be had on the Wildhern Playing Fields, to help a host of local good causes.

In the main arena, four-legged friends and their owners showcased their skills and entertained dog lovers.

There were also performances by Louise Vincent School of Dance, Ruby Slippers, and a touch of martial arts was brought by Xion Gym.

Nicola Spear, co-organiser, said: “It was really good, we were really lucky with the weather, it stayed beautiful and sunshiny. It was packed, I don’t think we have seen so many people up there on the field.

“It seemed super busy, there was cars parked all over the village, as well as the designated car parks.”

There were a range of traditional fete stalls for old and young to enjoy, such as a tombola, but organisers had also created a coconut shy, crockery smash and a giant blow-up dart board.

Youngsters were also given the chance to meet members of the emergency services, with youngsters particularly enjoying the visit, while adults enjoyed the Pimms tent and flower stall.

And for the first time the fete was extended into the evening to give music-lovers a chance to hear a line-up of artists.

Alex Krupa, Pete Donan, Jane Deer and Graham Rust entertained the crowds.

The money raised will be split between Friends of Hatherden School, Hatherden Parochial Church Council and Hatherden recreation committee to help with each of the organisations’ ongoing activities and projects.