Fete 1963

The Wolverton Express 17 May 1963


Three former “Miss Castlethorpe’s” were present in the Village Hall last Friday evening, when 16-year-old, Valerie Carpenter, a shop assistant, was selected as “Miss Castlethorpe”, 1963.
Jane Bavington, who received the title in 1962 and will crown her former school-friend at the fete in June, Sue Lane, winner in 1961, and Carole Keeves, 1959 title-holder, who is now secretary of the Village Hall Committee, were all present.
This was the seventh “Miss Castlethorpe” contest organised by the Village Hall Committee. After the selection a dance was held.
In the absence of Mr. A. Cowley (chairman), Mr. B. Tapp took charge, and Mr. T. West was M.C. for the evening.
Two 15 year-olds were runners-up, Gillian Sibthorpe, a Radcliffe School pupil, and Wendy Tipple, a shop assistant at Wolverton.
Attendants at the fete in June will be: Veronica Marks, Gillian Pile, Avril Ray, and Estelle Tapp, with Trevor Ray page boy.

The Wolverton Express 05 July 1963

Brollies out at Castlethorpe

Queen - Valerie Carpenter crowned by Sheila Sawbridge
Valerie Carpenter being crowned by Sheila Sawbridge. Attendants, Gillian Pile, Veronica Marks, Trevor Ray, Estelle Tapp & Avril Ray.

After many years of hard work Castlethorpe now has its own village hall. Letting charges are kept to a bare minimum so that when alterations or decorations are needed special money-raising efforts have to be made.
This was the case on Saturday when Hall Management Committee organised a fete in the grounds of Castlethorpe Lodge and though hampered by heavy rain they managed to raise £118.

The fete began, as usual, with a procession and crowning of Miss Castlethorpe 1963. This ceremony was to have been performed by last year’s queen Jane Bavington. Unfortunately she was ill in bed with measles and her place was taken by Mrs. Sheila Sawbridge, of Lincoln Lodge.

Attendants: Left to right: Gillian Pile, Veronica Marks, Estelle Tapp, Trevor Ray, Avril Ray,

Round the village

After the crowning,Miss Castlethorpe, Valerie Carpenter (16), with her attendants, Estelle Tapp, Gillian Pile, Veronica Marks, Avril Ray, and Trevor Ray, were taken round the village on a decorated float, led by the New Bradwell Band.

Tom West parade marshal, with the New Bradwell Band marching down South Street, Castlethorpe
Tom West parade marshal, with the New Bradwell Band marching down South Street, Castlethorpe.
At the Lodge, Mr. B. Tapp vice-chairman welcomed everyone, in the absence of the chairan, Mr. A. J. Cowley. He explianed the purpose of the fete and thanked Mr. and Mrs. Stacey for generously allowing them to hold the event in their garden.
Mrs. E. Stacey officially opened the fete. She was glad to have been asked foe two reasons, she said. One was for the opportunity to thank everyone for the welcome they had received since coming to Castlethorpe. The second was the opportunity to help them in their voluntary service.
She was thanked by Mr. T. West, who had acted as parade marshal, Mrs. Stacey with Mrs. Stockdale and Mrs. Sawbridge had judged the fancy dress competition, awarding prizes to Susan Keeves (gypsy), Rosalind Harper (litter bag), and Yvonne Smith (Telstar), Eileen Sibthorp (Be prepared for the English summer) had the prize for the most original costume.

Brollies out at Castlethorpe
Brollies out at Castlethorpe

Dancing in the barn

Arrangements were made by the committee with Miss Carol Keeves as secretary and Mr. Ron West as treasurer. Stalls and sideshows had to be housed in the large marquee or former stables, and dancing by children took place in the old tithe barn.
Helpers included: Door stewards, Mr. G. White, Mr. A. E. Meacham, Mr. J. West: treasure hunt (Youth Club), Lynda Nicholls, Gillian Sibthorp: pound, Mrs. B. Tapp, Mrs. H. Ray, Mrs. L. Grace: cake, Mrs. P. Mullins, Mrs. D. Pittam: tombola, Mrs. J. Sawbridge, Mrs. D. A. Ward, Mrs. G. Frost, Mrs. J. Sawbridge jun., Mrs. A. Lane, Mrs. P. St. John: refreshments, Mesdames F. Keeves, A. Cowley, J. Robinson, H. Cook, F. Bavington, R. Mills, McMillan, R. Welsh, B. Evans, S. Thomas, E. Ray, E. Homer, Miss. U. Coey, Miss. L. Rook: bowling, Roy West, Keith Belton, housey-housey and holiday spinner Mr. J. Carpenter, Mr. S. Nicholls, Mr. F. Keeves loud speaker equipment Mr. R. Eales.

In spite of the rain £80 was taken at the fete and the remainder of the proceeds by competitions and a social and dance. Miss. U. Coey won the prize of coal and Mr. Peter Hart the chocolates.