Greatham Feast is under way and here’s a rundown on the events still to come

The Greatham Feast fancy dress parade underway.
The Greatham Feast fancy dress parade underway.

The 555th Greatham Feast is under way and there’s lots to enjoy in the coming days.

Activities got under way with tournaments in football, darts, dominoes and cribbage.

And in the days to come, the village will enjoy shows, competitions and live entertainment.

Hundreds of people are expected to take part and the Feast committee chairman Bev Hutchinson said a small, but dedicated committee of people had worked tirelessly to put on a great range of events.

Relay races, egg and spoon challenges and other traditional games are being planned as well as a yard of ale competition.

Activities already held included a pensioners tea party, baby show and church service at the parish church of St John the Baptist.

Tomorrow, crowds will gather on the village green for the grand parade.

Sunday’s highlights include a church service and games.

Greatham Feast has been held since the 15th Century to bring the community together and mark the birthday of St John the Baptist on June 24.

For more details on the event, contact Bev on 07900 151283.

The schedule to come:

Thursday, June 23.

5pm - Five-a-side football at the ports field.

7.30pm-9pm - Finals of dominoes, cribbage and darts at the Hope and Anchor.

Friday, June 24.

8pm - Yard of ale competition and barbecue at the Bull and Dog.

Saturday, June 25.

10am - Team treasure hunt.

1pm - Grand parade from the Smiths Arms; grand parade of the fancy dress and decorated bikes to the green.

l Teas to be served in the community centre.

l Judging of the fancy dress and decorated bikes.

l Glamorous grandmother competition.

l Amusements and stalls.

l Face painting.

l Magician.

l Balloon modelling.

l Ami Ford’s Zumba.

l The grand draw.

The evening will see the Leanne Rivers Band providing entertainment on the green where there will also be a barbecue. Bring your own refreshments and seating.

Sunday, June 26.

9am - Church patronal service.

1.30pm - Swarm race - Children, teenage and adult sports.