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Baa-lmy summer night of sheep racing, music and garden games

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 22, 2014

Baa-lmy summer night of sheep racing, music  and garden games

Baa-lmy summer night of sheep racing, music and garden games

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VILLAGERS flocked in their hundreds to enjoy a sheep-racing spectacle held at an annual summer fete.

Cubley Fete was held at Cubley Lodge on Friday night to raise funds for St Andrew's Church.

More than 500 people went along and enjoyed music by Tutbury Wind Band, a barbecue, licensed bar and various lawn games and stalls.

This year for the first time organisers introduced sheep racing.

Rory and Kate Woods have a farm in the village and they bought along 16 Texel cross sheep.

Kate said: "It's the first time these particular sheep have raced, but we have done events like this before and they do enjoy it.

"It's great fun to watch and everyone gets into cheering on their animal."

Susan Hill, from Ashbourne, made the trip and said it was one of the best fetes she had been to.

She said: "My aunt and uncle live up the road, and my family is from Cubley, so it's nice to come along and show our support.

"It's such a lovely evening too, really warm and pleasant.

"The sheep racing was brilliant fun, we really enjoyed it.""

Margaret's Stall was one of the many attractions at the fete. Run by Wendy Fielding from Sudbury, the stall was held in memory of her late mother-in-law, Margaret, who used to live in Cubley.

Wendy said: "It's a beautiful village, so I like to get involved.

"There's always such a lovely atmosphere too."

Tutbury Wind Band have been supporting Cubley Fete since it first started 30 years ago.

French-horn player Eric Fern had the honour of conducting the band. He said: "We enjoy playing here and are always made to feel very welcome. It's a friendly village and so it's nice to support them."

Dave Legh, who owns Cubley Lodge, where the fete was held, said: "This is our 30th fete here and it's probably been the best so far. There are at least 500 guests which I think is the most we have ever had, and of course the beautiful weather really helps too.

"The money raised will go towards the village church funds, which is a grade-one listed building, so it will be much appreciated."

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