Moorlands Village Hall
School Road, Bagnall





One of '20 great fetes' listed in The Times Weekend supplement (Saturday 6th June 2009)

Giving it a lot of wellie !!

Sunday 26 June 2011, 1 - 5pm

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The Bagnall Chestnut Queen Fete committee is delighted to announce that its 2011/12 Fete Queen is Miss Matilda Houston-Brown.

Matilda will be crowned at the village’s traditional fete on Sunday 26 June 2011 at a ceremony that takes place at the Moorlands Village Hall in School Road, Bagnall, Stoke-on-Trent. Matilda takes over the reins from current fete queen, Chloe Lovatt, in a tradition which has roots stretching back to 1922.

This year’s Chestnut Queen ceremony commences at 1.00pm with a procession of the new and retiring Chestnut Queens from St. Chad’s Church, Bagnall, led by Impact Percussion Group, before the new Chestnut Queen is crowned in a ceremony that takes place in the grounds of the Moorlands Village Hall. At the crowning ceremony the retiring Queen, Chloe Lovatt, 13, will present a cheque to the Moorlands Village Hall Committee. The cheque represents money raised at a number of community fundraising events which the Queen has attended during the year. The new Chestnut Queen, Matilda Houston-Brown, will be crowned by Ms Samantha Calvert, Chair of the Bagnall Chestnut Queen Fete Committee. Following the Crowning Ceremony, Matilda will undertake her first duty as Chestnut Queen and officially declare the fete open.

Matilda Houston-Brown is nine years old, lives in Bagnall and attends Endon Hall Primary School. Matilda is a member of the congregation at St. Chad’s Church, Bagnall and is very happy that the Rev Alan Betts of St Chad’s will be leading the ceremony on Fete Day. The fete will be quite a family occasion for Matilda as her brother, Wilfred, 5, and her cousin, Annie Rose, 4, will both be in her retinue as page boy and flower girl. Matilda loves animals and has a dog called Eric as well as two guinea pigs called Ivy and Clover. Her hobbies are ju jitsu (she is a brown and white belt) and drama but most of all she loves reading and writing and she is also fond of history. Speaking of her appointment as Chestnut Queen for 2011-2012 Matilda said, “I’ve been in the retinue too many times to count so when I was invited to be queen, I took the opportunity straight away! I am really looking forward to being the Chestnut Queen and I hope the members of my retinue will enjoy being involved too.”

In Matilda’s retinue are Emily Ball, 5, Maid of Honour, Jennifer Badger, 10, Eleanor Chapman, 8, sisters Lauren Grindey, 8 and Sophie Grindey, 6, Crown Bearer Wilfred Houston-Brown, 5, Flower Girl Annie-Rose Houston-Smith, 4, Kezia Pugh, 5 and Mya Vincent-Hall, 5.

The fete helps to raise funds to keep open the Moorlands Village Hall in Bagnall as a vital community resource. Chair of the fete organising committee, Samantha Calvert, notes, “The Chestnut Queen Fete provides a great afternoon out in this beautiful semi-rural village for all the family. Our fete has gone from strength to strength in the past few years and was listed in the The Times Weekend Supplement as one of ’20 great fetes’ in the UK in 2009. We look forward to welcoming our regular visitors and lots of new ones to this year’s fete.”

Bagnall has a long tradition of village fayres. Since the 1920s, a fete has been held in Bagnall village in the form of a traditional agricultural fayre which originally featured the crowning of a Rose Queen. The Chestnut Queen fete, which revives these traditions, was established in 1997 on the centenary of the planting of five chestnut trees on the Bagnall village green to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. These trees lend their name to the new queen ceremony.

FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT SAM CALVERT ON 01782 505430 OR 07967 042050 or email Notes to editors

· A photograph of Matilda Houston-Brown is available. Please call Sam Calvert on 01782 505430 or email

· The Moorlands Village Hall is a registered charity. There are around ten regular bookings at the hall which provide the community with facilities to try everything from rock band practice to dog training. The hall is also available for private hire for weddings, parties and meetings.

· The Chestnut Queen is chosen each year from among the Retinue and she attends several community functions during the year that aim to raise funds for the Village Hall.

Forthcoming fete meeting dates and times are also shown on the events page.

Next meeting: Wednesday 8th June


Samantha Calvert
Chair of Bagnall Chestnut Queen Fete Committee


Serving the communities of Bagnall, Light Oaks & Baddeley Edge.

Charity Registration Number: 500639