Christmas Country Fete for sale

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By ROBYN BRISTOW

The iconic Christmas Country Fete near Culverden could soon have a new owner and a new home.

After celebrating its 25th birthday in October last year, the fete was put on the market.

It is under offer which becomes unconditional on January 25.

Following the 25th annual fete it was “reluctantly” put up for sale, says one of the original founders Lou Davison.

She says there was a variety of reasons for the fete going on the market including her retirement this year and the conversion of Wynyard, the home of the te, to a dairy farm.

Mrs Davison says since the conversion three years ago they had found that both activities were not as “compatible as we had hoped”.

Therefore “regrettably” and “reluctantly” the event had been put up for sale.

“It has been great fun, but things have changed,” says Mrs Davison.

It has been held on the same Thursday in October for the past 25 years and other events have grown around it, with the Amberley A&P show the only event on the weekend following. Today there is Art in a Garden, the Counterfete, and garden tours.

The four original girls who started the te – Jossy Davison, Sue Gardner, Fiz Rutherford and Lou Davison – got together for a birthday bash prior to this year’s October fete to celebrate the milestone.

In recent years it has been organised and run by Blaise Davison, Charlotte Rutherford and Lou Davison with the help of daughter Flika Williams, who continued the traditional fete concept which has now become a well known destination for thousands of people over the years, both nationwide and overseas.

Wynyard, nestled in the Lowry Peaks range, became the permanent home of the fete.

When it began 25 years ago it moved around for the first five years until the team settled on Wynyard, which was a beef, sheep and dairy farm.