The summer fete committee of a typical british village meets on a cold January night to discuss arrangements for that year's fete.
As committee protocol gives way to bickering and gossip, we begin to see the personalities of those present - Ethel knows everything about everyone; Pauline, the vicar's long-suffering wife; Gloria, exhausted by caring for her mother; Marjorie very attentive to shy teacher, Angela; elderly Mavis who chooses to observe or to play senile and Sally the army wife.
Much innuendo abounds around the vicar whose faith is in question and likes more than his share of communion wine.
Much has happened to everyone six months further on, not all of it predictable. The cathartic events of the fete are related with humour and pathos.