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Pheasant flies to freedom on a wing and a prayer

Mollington Fete is being held to raise money to repair a stained glass window in the village church. Earlier in the year, a pheasant took refuge in All Saints Church, and, when startled the next morning, tried to fly through the decorative window NNL-140505-113636001

Mollington Fete is being held to raise money to repair a stained glass window in the village church. Earlier in the year, a pheasant took refuge in All Saints Church, and, when startled the next morning, tried to fly through the decorative window NNL-140505-113636001

A village fete is this year being held to raise funds to repair a 137-year-old stained glass church window damaged by a fleeing pheasant!

The sixth Mollington Fete, which takes place on Saturday, May 17, will raise money to repair the hole caused by a pheasant trying to escape from the 14th Century church.

Fete fundraiser Ginetta Best said: “Earlier in the year a pheasant took refuge in the church and, when startled the next morning, tried to fly through the decorative window above the altar. The pheasant was unharmed, but the window will need replacing.”

The fete always raises funds for the church but this year the estimated £2,000 return is earmarked for the window repair as the insurance does not cover damage caused by wildlife.

Mrs Best added: “It’s a very skilled and specialist job which doesn’t come cheap. We’re hoping it will be possible to just repair the damage and that we don’t need to replace the entire window.”

The fete starts at 2pm, with activities for the entire family including children’s rides, teas, tombolas, book, plant and cake stalls, a raffle with a £100 cash prize, tractors, ferret roulette, beer tent and barbecue.

Spaces are still available for craft tables on the field – contact 01295 750761 for details.

The organisers are hoping as many people as possible can come along to the fete but Mrs Best said the pheasant – who is still in the area – is not invited.

 

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