Joe Sims to open Bitton church fete

September 02 2021

ACTOR Joe Sims will open the St Mary’s Church Fête in Bitton on September 11.
Joe’s first steps in acting began as a pupil at Sir Bernard Lovell School and his career has taken him to national and international fame in many roles including that as Nigel Carter in ITV’s Broadchurch. A special welcome awaiting him and others at the event, which opens at 1.30pm.
Cakes, jams and chutneys, will be on sale, together with handicrafts, nearly new clothes, household items and books and there will be games such as skittles and a coconut shy. Entertainment will be provided throughout by Oldland Brass Band, the Somerset Moris and Professor Hudd’s Punch and Judy show.  Refreshment stalls and a barbecue will be available both on the main field and in the church, as well as cream teas in the garden of Church Farm.  There is a licensed bar.
Highcroft Veterinary Centre will run a dog show with classes for dogs of all shapes and sizes.  Also on show will be an array of classic cars, carefully restored and tended by their owners.
The fête will end after the drawing of the raffle - first prize a Fortnum & Mason hamper donated by Fine & Country of Bath - and the final special event of the Egg Throwing Competition.
The fête is part of activities to maintain the historic church, which has received international attention, this year as churches joined in a celebration of the Ellacombe Chimes – invented in Bitton but used in churches worldwide.  The church has also just launched its own Development Appeal with the ambition of modernising its facilities so that the church can become a community hub all year round as well as celebrating and protecting its long history and heritage.