Berden is already working hard, putting together plans for its annual Summer fete on Sat 13th July, 2pm, and this year they are planning something different.

This year Berden will be bringing the party into the heart of the village and recreating a street festival/party atmosphere.

All the family favourites will still be on offer, including the Grand Draw, Bottle Stall and News Tombola. There will be traditional fete games including bowling for a pig, wet sponges, and
crockery smashing for everyone to enjoy, with books, cakes, toys, vintage preloved, plants, produce, music and entertainment on sale and classic cars to admire, with a few new surprises planned.

Berden’s delicious cream teas and BBQ will be available and entertainment will be provided by the Bishops Stortford Town Band and with the brilliant Calamity Clown to keep the children entertained.

Berden Street Fete promises to be a fantastic event for the whole family so don’t forget to save the Date – Sat 13th July 2019, 2pm, and come and join in the party helping to raise money for the church and other local community organisations.

Never been to our Fete before? Pop this postcode into your SatNav to get to us on the day: CM23 1AY

Berden 2019 Fete News Update

We are pleased to announce that our 2019 fete will be held on Saturday 13th July 2019. This year, the fete will be held in the main street in the village. Please check back soon to find out more!


A gloriously sunny and warm day, one of very many this year, helped our celebration of seventy consecutive fetes a real joy for our many fans and supporters. Seventy years is a fantastic achievement and our fete has been the main financial stay behind all of our village facilities for each and every one of those years. It has continually eased the running and maintenance of both our church and village hall and, in recent years, our children’s play facilities. It goes further than that: As the fete also shows community commitment it has helped us to obtain grant assistance from both national and local funding sources. So, in short, Berden would not be what it is today without our magnificent fete, and it is probably the best in the area by a long way.

Huge thanks to all, and there were a lot of you, who got involved in any way – baking, donating, assisting on stalls, selling grand draw tickets, moving equipment (from A to B to C and finally back to A), coming up with ideas and just plain being there! There were just so many jobs, both small and large, and all very, very worthwhile.

Elsewhere in this magazine, and on the website fete Facebook page, you will find a full breakdown of the figures, and a lot of work went in to that as well. Close to the bottom right hand corner you will see that we ended up with an income of £11442.08 which gives, less expenses, an event profit of £9759.44. Just over £2500 will be retained as working capital to cover all overheads and ease the cash flow for 2019 and the remainder will be divided, in varying amounts depending upon needs and circumstances, between the church fabric fund, the village hall and the children’s playground.

Our gratitude to all of you who helped to make life easier for us, your 2018 fete committee and sub committees, and easier than it appeared in early January and thanks also to Paul and Michelle for the use of their truly beautiful garden.

Steve Bates, John Burton, Amanda Coomber, Fi Cook, Sue Griffiths, Kae Hewitt, Jayne Liddle, Deborah Patrick, John Riddell, Wendy Riddell, Emma Slade, Rob Talks, Chris Thickitt and  John Walker.


PS. And my own personal thanks to both the committee, the sub committees and Bronwen for making the job of fete chair a real privilege. JB.

Quote from old Mr. Grace – ‘You’ve all done very well!’



The really worthwhile job of fete chair 2019 is up for grabs. You will get lots of experienced help, guaranteed. A new broom is now essential.

If interested please call me on 777674. JB

Fete Accounts 2018

Come and guess the name of our Berden Bear! 

Berden Bear will be visiting Clavering Shop this weekend. If you would like to come and guess the name of the bear, for a chance to win him/her and a bottle of bubbles, come along during shop opening hours, otherwise our Berden Bear will be at the Fete on Sat 14th July!


Save the date!

With the glorious weather in full swing, there is just one thing to do…think to the summer! Do make sure you save the date for our 2018 Berden Fete, which marks our 70th anniversary! We look very forward to welcoming you from 2pm on Saturday 14th of July 2018.



It might not have been a financial record breaker, thanks probably to the rather indifferent weather, but in terms of smiles and happy people it was certainly a winner! Counting is still proceeding but at this early stage we believe that, yet again, we have topped ten grand. Actual figures will be reported in the October magazine, and on the website.

And so far as the pleasure that our fete gives to others that is immeasurable: I even encountered one little chap who was utterly delighted at winning a tea towel on the News Tombola! He must be easy to please come Christmas.

Very many people said ‘thank you’ for organising their annual treat – but that gratitude is not for me alone. Those thanks should be going to all the over 130 stall holders and others who contributed, on the day, in so many ways to making Berden Fete 2017 another great event. And without the great group of people who formed the fete committee and headed the sub-committees it just wouldn’t have happened so my thanks go to Kae Hewitt, Catherine Felstead, John Riddell, Brian Sumner, John Walker, Steve Bates, Amanda Coomber, Rob Talks, Sue Griffiths, Chris Thickitt, Jayne Liddle, Deborah Patrick and, also, Bronwen who, in particular, contributed in so many ways.

Berden Fete people are all heroes whether you have been mentioned in name or not.

Thank you – John Burton




If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, don’t forget to come along to Berden Fete from 2pm on Saturday 15th. There is something for everyone from The Magnificent Bottle Stall, News Tombola to Hook a Duck, Baldock Midnight Morris Dancers, Bishops Stortford Band, Steam Engine Rides, Book Stall and White Elephant just to name a few. You won’t get bored!


Less than ONE week to go!

There is now less than one week until the Berden Fete 2017! Our gates will open from 2pm on Saturday 15th July 2017. Set your satnavs to CM23 1AY. We look very forward to seeing you!

Berden named as an Essex Village of the Year

Berden has won in fourth place in the Essex Village of the Year competition run by the Rural Community Council for Essex. The judges acknowledged that Berden village boasts an amazing annual fete which started in the 1940s and is run by more than 100 volunteers – and attended by many people, consistently raising around £10,000 for local facilities and organisations.
If you have not been to the fete before, why not come this Saturday 15th of July and see what you think?!
IMG_0716Villagers John Burton, John Walker, Wendy Riddell, Sue Griffiths, Amanda Coomber and Toby Fellows collecting the award at a ceremony held at Chelmsford City Racecourse on Wednesday, July 5 2017






Steve Sausage is coming to the fete!

Our fantastic childrens entertainer; Steve Sausage will again be at the fete this year. Make sure you come and watch his amazing magic shows on the main lawn!

Less than a month to go!

The fete committee are on the final countdown for the fete. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feed for updates and info for prizes and entertainment on the day!

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A message from the Tea Stall…

Come and enjoy a delightful cream tea during your visit to the Fete.  Our cream tea stall will be serving pots of tea with scrummy scones, delicious strawberry jam and decadent clotted cream.  You can sit at pretty tables sheltered by garden umbrellas in a charming courtyard setting whilst enjoying a quintessentially Village Fete tradition.
scone with cream and jam





The countdown for our 2017 fete is well on the way. The Fete Date this year is: Saturday 15th July 2017 at Berden Hall from 2PM. Please keep an eye on our website for more news or our Facebook or Twitter pages!




Auction - Word and Gavel for Final Bid




Although not strictly fete news, the funds raised from the tremendous auction of promises go to one of our village causes; the Berden Village Hall.

Please click here to view our lots for this year.
The auction of promises will start at 7pm for 7:30pm. Entry is £5 per person and includes supper.
We have lined up a local celebrity auctioneer and musical entertainment will also be provided.

Come along, make some bids and enjoy another fantastic Berden event in Berden Village Hall!











It’s not April Fools just yet!

Sadly, some of our fete signs have been vandalised this year. If you notice any signs with a cancelled sticker across them, please disregard. The fete is on this Saturday 16th of July from 2pm. We look forward to welcoming you all along on the day!

It’s almost fete time!

This year, our fete theme is floral! There is hardly any time to spare until our annual fete. Our gates will be opening from 2pm on Saturday 16th of July. Come along for a fantastic afternoon of entertainment, prizes and attractions all in the beautiful landscaped gardens of Berden Hall, a 16th centenary manor house. Don’t be late!











Do you shop at Waitrose?!

If you shop at Waitrose Bishops Stortford, make sure you put your green coin into the charity bin for Berden Fete. We are lucky enough to be one of the selected charities but only for the month of May 2016, so get shopping and help out a fantastic cause!

Introducing our 2016 Berden Fete Bear!
With summer certainly on the way, our 2016 fete bear has been enjoying a delicious barbecue in the sun! For a chance to win our lovely bear by guessing the name, come along to the Spring Berden Bus Stop Shop this coming Saturday 14th May 10am-2pm. If you can’t make it, watch out for many more opportunities to see him/her before the fete!
Entertainment for this year is looking fantastic!
If you have not already marked in your diary our fete date, make sure you do: 16th July 2016.
We have got an exciting array of entertainment lined up for visitors to the 2016 fete this year which includes:
Steve Sausage, Baldock Midnight Morris Dancers, Bishops Stortford Town Band, McMullen Horse and Dray, Steam Engine Display, Classic Car Display and a large number of other traditional stalls and attractions. Make sure you come and see us for an unforgettable afternoon of fun and entertainment!
Steve Sausage 2015
Planning and preparations are already under way!
The Berden Fete Committee are already working away hard to bring you the biggest and best fete ever for 2016. If you would like to know more, or maybe get involved, please contact us via the Contact Us page!
Berden Fête 2015 Result!
After an afternoon of fantastic sunny weather, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we have this year broken our record for money raised. We raised £12,250.00 on the fête afternoon this year, which is a fantastic sum. I would very much like to thank the hard working fête committee, stall holders, entertainers and the kind local folk who donate and contribute in varying ways. I would also like to thank the growing numbers of the general public who come along and support us on the day.
Keep an eye out on our Twitter and Facebook pages for further information on prize winners and photo galleries.

Robert Talks, Fête Chairman

Final countdown to the fête!
There is not long to go now until the fantastic Berden fête. The weather is set to be perfect today. Come along and enjoy yourself at our family friendly, local, charitable event. There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won and lots of superb entertainment on offer. Our gates open from 2pm with free parking. If you are not sure of the way, enter in the following post code into your satnav: CM23 1AY. See you soon!
Be sure to get yourself down to our magnificent Bottle Stall this Saturday at the fête. The bottle stall is stocked to bursting point with hundreds of bottles up for grabs from pop to wine and maybe even some champagne! Come along and try your luck, gates are open from 2pm THIS SATURDAY!


Have you bought any Grand Draw Tickets yet?With less than a month to go, don’t forget your Berden Fete Grand Draw Tickets!! We have some wonderful prizes this year which include but are not limited to: £250 cash, light aircraft flight, premiership football tickets with full corporate hospitality, Dinner for 2 at Nicholson’s The Hilton, Luxury Hamper, Luxury Christmas gift wrapping for 20 presents, Luxury Christmas Cake & 20 mince pies, Fine wine hamper and much, much more!
2015 Flight

Guess the name of our Berden Bear!

Our Berden Bear will be back at Nisa, Clavering Shop on Sunday 28th of June, Saturday 4th July and Sunday 5th of July. Come along and guess the name! If you get it right, you win the bear on Fete day!!

Fete Bear 2015
Come along and see the Berden Fete Bear 2015!!!! – Sat 23rd May Berden Village Green!Our new Berden Fete Bear 2015 will be unveiled at the Berden Bus Stop Shop on Saturday 23rd of May 9am – 2pm. Come along and guess the name of the bear. We have lots of potential names to guess from and the bear will be making a second appearance at Clavering Shop closer to the Fete. The bear will of course also be available on the Fete day (Sat 11th July 2015), so plenty of opportunities to guess the right name!!
Berden Fete Bear 2014
Children’s Entertainer for 2015This year we are very lucky to have Steve Sausage running our children’s entertainment. Don’t be a silly sausage and miss him, gates open from 2pm on Saturday 11th of July 2015, Steve will be performing from 14:45.
Steve Sausage

Steve Sausage


Berden Fete 2015Berden Fete is this year to be held on Saturday 11th of July 2015 in the delightful grounds of Berden Hall. Our gates will open from 2pm with free parking available to all. Attractions this year will include; The Bishops Stortford Brass Band, Galleon Bouncy Castle, Mr Sausage Childrens’ Entertainer, Baldock Midnight Morris Dancers, Classic Vehicle & Tractor Display and many more attractions.Come along and enjoy the afternoon!




Are you a lucky prize winner?! Click below to find out….

The figures are in…..
After hours of totting up the takings, we are very pleased to announce that this year, after costs we made just over £9000! This is a wonderful achievement which would not have been possible without the help of so many. I would like to again thank all of the wonderfully generous visitors, volunteers, sponsors and entertainers. Our Fete bear, Trevor is taking a well earned break in his hammock. Check back soon for photographs from the day along with announcements on lucky prize winners!


What a day it has been!

On behalf of everyone on the Fete Committee & the villagers of Berden, I would like to very much thank each and every one of our visitors today for turning out and supporting us. We had a wonderful number of visitors and a truly magnificent afternoon. Congratulations to all of our lucky prize winners, including Shirley Eggleton from Manuden who won the £250 cash prize. Do keep an eye on our website as we will be posting how much we raised in the next 24 hours!


Just a few hours left to go…..
It is almost time for the Fete, the weather forecast is looking good, and the stalls are almost ready. Our gates will be open from 2pm, come along and enjoy the afternoon!
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Not Long to go…

We are now on the final count down to the Fete.
This years entertainment consists of:

  • Baldock Morris Dancers
  • Bishops Stortford Brass Band
  • Mr Marvel Childrens entertainer
  • Classic Car & Tractor Display

Our Fete is going to be officially opened by High Sheriff of Hertford, Fergus Mc Mullen with The RT. HON. Sir Alan Haselhurst. M.P. also coming along on the day to support us.

We have a large number of valuable prizes available on the Fete Auction, Grand Draw or Tombola Here is a sneak preview of just some of the items on offer:
Apple iPad, Sightseeing tour for two in light aircraft, Tour of BBC News studios in London, Signed 1st Edition Dan Brown Book, Mc Mullens Brewery Tour for 10 people including lunch, 2 tickets to premiership Spurs game in Corporate Box at White Hart Lane with full corporate hospitality, Fortnum & Mason hamper, 1 year gym membership, £250 cash, Luxury Hamper.


Hello from Berden Fete Committee!
The Berden Fete 2014 committee would like to say a BIG hello and thank you for visiting our new website. Please make sure you put down this year’s Fete date into your diaries; Saturday 6th September from 2PM, Berden Hall, CM23 1AY.

Check back soon to find out more info on our entertainment for this year, prizes and other exciting news.

Amanda Coomber, Fi Cook, Kae Hewett, Catherine Bell, Deborah Patrick, Robert Talks. Not pictured: John groves,Claire Groves.

Amanda Coomber, Fi Cook, Kae Hewett, Catherine Bell, Deborah Patrick, Robert Talks. Not pictured: John groves,Claire Groves.

Would you like to exhibit your classic car at our Fete? Please get in touch. Free entry for all exhibitors.


What do we do with our money? – Please click here to find out more on how we divide up the takings from our Fete.