HUNTINGTON Court was, for the 63rd year, the venue for the famous Huntington Fete, thanks to the generosity of Mr and Mrs William Shone.

Mrs Rachel Jones, who has lived in the Huntington area all her life, gave a fine speech as she opened the fete.

Once again, in spite of it being on Wimbledon Ladies Final Day, scores of people came from all over the counties of Herefordshire and Radnorshire to enjoy the traditional afternoon.

The jam and produce stall raised over £500, the plant stall raised nearly as much. The cake stall was cleared in minutes and even the coconut shy, the wheel of fortune, the quoits of (in)famous politicians and splat-the-rat, all increased their takings.

More helium balloons were released than ever, strawberries and ice cream were devoured, the bottle stall had people guessing and Rachel's bric-a-brac stall raised yet more.

The grand total of the 2017 Huntington Fete came to a staggering £4,052. This for a tiny village of 88 this must be seen as a tremendous achievement. However there is a twist to the story...

Each year books are provided by a local resident for the Huntington Fete bookstall.

Last year one book in particular caught the eye of a car enthusiast, helping at the fete, who felt more money could possibly be gained by selling it elsewhere.

The book in question was Sublime Creations a first edition of only 300 copies, which covered the early history of Porsche.

The Porsche Owner Club was contacted and £650 was offered and accepted, which has been added to the funds of the Church of St Thomas a Becket, The United Reform Church and Huntington Village Hall, as well as to local nurses to buy some essential equipment.

Robert Jones, chairman of the fete commented, "Another great Huntington Fete has happened because of the community spirit the village has. However, we are of course, incredibly grateful to the well-known bookstall holder who produces every year some rare and highly interesting books for us to buy. Little did we realise, until one of our residents spotted it, that the Porsche book was so valuable and we are very grateful to him for giving the village the proceeds of the book."