STOP PRESS: The Saturday daytime activities have been cancelled because the fields are simply too sodden.
Draycott’s big community day is almost upon us… and excitment is growing!
Yes, in a few days – on the weekend of the 14th/15th July 2012 to be exact – the annual St Margaret’s Summer Fayre is back with us. It takes place at Highfield Farm on ‘Ford’s Field’, which is the big field alongside the main road through the area.
It attracts hundreds of people each year, raising much-needed community funds in the process.
In the past, it has been mainly a vintage-vehicle show plus extras, but this year it spreads to two days and will feature a lot, lot more than just the vehicle event.
Selwyn Edwards, the organiser, tells us that, therefore, the event will be bigger and better than ever!
Lots of things to do
As well as the vintage vehicles on display, there will be lots of stalls, from crafts-stalls to garden-produce to the now legendary cake-stall. Many of the organisations which play such a role in local life, from the Women’s Institute to the U3A, will also have information points telling people about what they do.
One highlight will be the Draycott Crafts Group stall, which will be selling work they’ve made through the year.
If you want more details of these, you’ll need to contact Pauline Clarke.
The Saturday evening disco & Karaoke, which will be run by Gracelands DJ, has been a success in previous years, and it’s been decided that you can’t have too much of a good thing; so it’s on again. (Entry to the bar and disco, which is in the large marquee in the field and starts at 8pm, is just £2.50 for adults).
On Sunday, the ‘Draycott-Olympics’ commence! It’s all for fun of course, but the games are an opportunity for all children to take part. For details of the type of games, and how to get involved, see the section further down this page.
The small print
Of course, you get nothing this good for free, but the admission price to the event has been kept down. It’s £2.50 entry for adults, with school-age children getting in for the bargain price of … well, nothing at all!
Both Saturday and Sunday day are the same admission price, and a bar is open on both days too.
SATURDAY (11am-4.30pm): car boot sale, gymkhana (GYMKHANA NOW CANCELLED – as of 7th July), stalls, tug-o-war competition, tractor demonstrations, vintage vehicles rally.
SATURDAY EVENING (8pm-midnight): Disco & Karaoke
SUNDAY (11am-4pm): Punch & Judy show, magic show, dog show competition, sword fighting demonstration, stalls, vintage vehicles parade, Best-dressed Queen competition, children’s ‘Olympics’, barbeque.
The profits will largely go to helping with the running costs of St Margaret’s Church, the 13th century church that you can see looking down on Draycott.
It takes tens of thousands of pounds a year to maintain this lovely and historic church, so fund-raising such as this is always welcome. (If you want to look round the church, it is likely to be open during Heritage Weekend in early September, so put that date in your diary…)
To mark the fact that St Margaret’s Church is the centre of attention, there will be a small service, conducted in the marquee, at 5pm on the Saturday, ie, between the gates shutting for the day-session and opening again for the disco. If you want to attend, ask St Margaret’s rector, Reverend David Bickersteth, about the details.
As well as those who run stalls, there is a real opportunity this year for the rest of us to take part.
Basically, there will be an open Dog Show competition, a tug-o-war competition, and games for the youngsters. Competitors will want to contact Tom (01782 398282) for details of how to enter. Pubs, groups, church-organisations and neighbourhoods etc will need to contact John Clarke for details of how to enter teams into the tug-o-war.
Meanwhile, the childrens’ games – featuring Egg & Spoon races, tug-o-war, race through tyres (stepping into), and a rather cute wheelbarrow race etc – are ones kids can just volunteer to enter on the day, but if you want more information, again, John Clarke is the man to contact.
For us older folk (!), there is one competition restricted to over-50s only; and that’s the Best-Dressed Queen competition on Sunday. You can come as a lookalike to Elizabeth II, or you can just dress up in as regal a finery as you can find in your wardrobes.
For stalls, the dog show and The Queen competition, contact Pauline.
It sounds like it will be a brilliant weekend, and let’s hope – for Selwyn’s sake, as much as ours! – that the weather is kind.
We’re crossing our fingers….