The St John’s Fete has been a tradition in Flinders for more than 80 years, with the first fete opened by the Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sir Arthur Coles, in 1939. This year, in spite of COVID-19, it continued with an online fete in January, and on Saturday, March 6, valuers Warren Joel and Paul Sumner – in the style of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow – cast their eyes over people’s trash and treasure at the Flinders Fake or Fortune Fete.
Fortune-hunters brought their paintings, jewellery, furniture and other objects d’art for their fake or fortune status to be assessed. Also in the grounds was a marvellous white elephant, artwork and book stall, homemade biscuits and jam stalls, and a wonderful plant stall for autumn planting.
A silent auction helped raise money for St John’s Church and other charities the fete has supported for many years, including Anglicare Rosebud, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Dandenong, and Western Port Community Support.
The fete’s organisers thanked the dedicated army of volunteers who sorted, baked and preserved for weeks to ensure a successful day, as well as the event’s many sponsors and donors who so kindly helped with much-needed fundraising.