Oxenhope Millennium Green Fete 2016

Oxenhope Village Fete

Oxenhope residents and visitors turned out in good number to enjoy the annual village fete on Saturday 16 July.

Despite uncertain weather in the run up, the afternoon turned out bright, making for an enjoyable afternoon on the village’s Millennium Green.

The Fell Race, which was the opening event of the fete, attracted 31 runners. It was won by Christian Holmes coming in at 22 minutes 27 seconds, beating his own course record by 11 seconds despite the wet and slippery conditions. Further results are summarised below.

This year visitors again enjoyed a dog agility display by Sowerby Bridge based Ulti-mutts Agility, and a number of visitors had a go with their own dogs, receiving helpful guidance and insights from the trainers.

Pony rides outside the Green proved a popular new feature, with Harden Grange Riding School in attendance.

The afternoon favoured the fairer sex with both the ladies and the girls winning the adult and child tug of war competitions.

Stalls run by different village organisations filled the grounds and the fairground rides were enjoyed by the younger children. Haworth Band provided a programme of popular melodies and the afternoon concluded with a sell-out Duck Race in the beck, followed by a raffle prize draw including some spectacular prizes kindly donated by a local businessman.

Ken Eastwood, Chair of the Parish Council and the Millennium Green Trust, said, “I’d like to again thank everyone involved with the fete, including our sponsors, exhibitors and the volunteers who worked tirelessly before, during and after the event. Early indications are that the fete generated a useful surplus which will make a much needed contribution to the upkeep of the Millennium Green, for the ongoing enjoyment of the village.”

Selected photographs available to view here.


Fell Race

Position Name Club Time
1st Male Christian Holmes Wharfedale  22.27
2nd Male Mark Sennet Wharfedale  23.30
3rd Male Alf Walker Keighley & Craven AC  24.56
1st Female Helen Glover Keighley & Craven AC  24.38
2nd Female Robin Culshaw Hyde Park  29.50
3rd Female Julie Narey Keighley & Craven AC  32.14
1st Veteran (Over 50) Male Martin Roberts Todmorden  28.24
1st Veteran (Over 50) Female Sue Roberts Todmorden  39.07
1st Veteran (Over 40) Female Diane Whitesday Keighley & Craven AC  32.13
1st Local Male Ethan Hassol Wharfedale  25.38
1st Local Female Amanda Harrison  Keighley & Craven AC  33.52


Race distance 3.3 miles, rising to 500ft



Winning, unclaimed raffle tickets:-

Yellow 143, 119,178 and pale orange 352.