MESSY egg and coconut throwing were just some of the fun activities enjoyed at the Medmenham Village Fete which was hailed as the most successful event of its kind so far.

Some 400 people flocked to The Common Moor on Sunday to enjoy the sunshine and the dozens of wacky events that were taking place throughout the day.

Among these events were egg-throwing and a scarecrow competition, when people of all ages made their own scarecrows.

Christopher Pearce, four, cunningly showed his support for our boys by making a scarecrow in the shape of foot-ball supporter complete with a red-and-white-striped face and an England shirt underneath his straw padding.

Christine Lewis, 41, chairman of the village residents' association Medmenham Matters, which organised the fete, said: "The day was a great success and we were blessed with the weather. We had more people than we have had before and made close to £2,000. We had a wonderful egg-throwing competition that made a complete mess. And the scarecrow competition was really fun."

Youngsters made the most of a fancy dress competition which this year had a nursery rhyme theme and dressed up as characters such as Rapunzel, Little Bo Peep and Little Miss Muffet's spider.

A bouncy castle, skittles, and a mini steam train in which kids whizzed around the field were also big hits of the day as was the raffle.

Mrs Lewis said: "We have a generous resident who donated a prize of a night in a private box at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The top prize went to the Phillips family from Beaconsfield who are going to see the Proms."

The fun did not stop after the sun went down as a barn dance, attended by lots of families and children, wrapped up the busy day.

Mrs Lewis said: "Thanks to everyone who helped put the day together."

Proceeds from the fete are going towards the building of a new playground in the village.