Westwell Fete 2014


Westwell is a beautiful rural village tucked away on the Kent Downs, and whilst only a few miles from Ashford it has managed to retain its own identity and has a great community spirit to it.  When Nicola and I were going through the planning approval process last year, the Parish Council was incredibly supportive of what we do.  Many of the residents of the village walk their dogs near our camp and we always leave water out for them.  So although we don’t live in Westwell, we certainly feel a bond with the place.

This year we attended Westwell Fete 2014 and had a small stand.  The fete itself was excellent and just how a village fete should be.  On one side of us we had a coconut shy and the other a bouncy castle.  There was a slippery pole, cow pat bingo, tug of war, egg throwing, crockery smashing, face painting, bric-a-brac, ice creams, the pub was open and doing a roaring trade!

Westwell Fete 2014

For our part, Nicola did some carving demonstrations and made birch spoons.

Westwell Fete 2014

I did a few fire by friction demos at the stand and then a group fire by friction demo in the ‘arena’.  We had plenty of volunteers to help out and on the third go got our ember!  The kids then took in turns and blew the ember to flame.

Meanwhile, we entered Willow in the Dog Show; she won ‘Best Bitch’ and then ‘Best in Show’, she was very pleased with herself!

Westwell Fete 2014

Westwell Fete 2014


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Lead Instructor at Jack Raven Bushcraft, teaching bushcraft, wilderness and survival skills to groups and individuals.

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