Yes it’s that time of year again… so we can really start looking forward to Draycott-in-the-Moors’ very own carnival, fete, vintage-vehicle rally, show and traditional fair all rolled into one – the St Margaret’s Summer Fayre.
This year it takes place – in the centre of the village as usual – on the Sunday of July 14th.
It had been hoped to open on the Saturday afternoon this year too, but in the end, this proved too difficult.
Highlights of the Sunday include: a Viking re-enactment battle, a funfair, the ever-popular rally of vintage vehicles & machinery, country-games for kids (and adults!) to take part in, magic shows, and fly-pasts by a vintage aeroplane. And that’s just the highlights…
Saturday – the warm-up
On Saturday evening (July 13th), there is a pre-Fayre warm-up event.
From 6.30pm, a family-disco will get underway in the marquee on the main field, with local band Jacque Rabbit taking over the stage around 8.30pm.
Jacque Rabbit are known for their covers of 70s rock music, and also their entertaining act!
A full bar is available. Tickets to this evening event are £4 – or £3 in advance – with children under-sixteen allowed in free.
Sunday – the main event
Sunday is the big day however – with entertainment in the main ring & the marquee all day long, food & refreshments (including a bar) available, and a chance to take part in traditional games…
The gates to the field open at 11am. Admission on the day is £3.50, with kids under-sixteen coming in free; and car-parking is free.
Programmes will be on sale for 50p.
The main ring promises to be busy! Not only is there a Viking re-enactment display from the Y Ddraig Group – where kids get a chance to take part in a Viking battle! – but a vintage tractor parade, and those participation games we mentioned (wheelbarrow race, anyone?). Scratch tug-o-war teams will also get a chance to compete.
In the big-field itself, the funfair and vintage vehicles rally are the big attractions.
Hundreds of vintage vehicles are expected – with a strong representation from The Potteries Vintage & Classic Car Club in particular.
There will also be: a bric-a-brac stalls section (you need to apply beforehand for a stall); Anthony Hammond’s amazing woodwork demonstrations, displays from Draycott Sports Centre members and Stone Young Farmers, as well as magic and a Punch & Judy show from Ian Davis.
Remember: if you have a dog, bring it along, as there is a dog-show (at 12.30pm), which is free to enter on the day, and all are welcome.
In the skies, around 1.30pm, you’ll see a vintage Dakota plane, so long as the weather and conditions hold.
In the marquee will be magic shows and Punch & Judy from Ian Davis for the kids, refreshments (with home-made yummy cakes), craft stalls (including Stuart Tunnicliffe’s paintings sale) and plant stalls and music, including hand-bell ringing displays from ‘The Innringers’.
As befits a fair that raises money for the ancient church nearby, today concludes with a religious service in the marquee.
St Margaret’s benefit
This fayre is important to Draycott – as it is the main fund-raiser of the year to help pay for the running costs of the village’s beautiful church.
St Margaret’s Church can be dated back to the 13th century.
Because it is so old however, running costs are very high.
The organisation and labour behind the fayre all come from volunteers, so that profits can all go to the fund-raising.
Older people may remember incidentally, that the fayre is a traditional event, and always takes place close to St Margaret’s feast-day. The whole holiday used to be known as the Draycott Wakes.
(Incidentally, if you’d like to see inside St Margaret’s Church – to see what you will be contributing to -, it is open to the public on the first Saturday of every month during the summer from 2pm-4pm.)
Contacts / details
For all queries, tickets and comments, phone 01782 396190 or email Organiser John (as we call him!). That’s the same contact details for if you wish to take a stall or take out some advertising in the programme (just £10 for a space).
If you are coming from outside Draycott, to find us please put ST11 9AE in your sat-nav, or simply find your way to Highfield Farm on the main Uttoxeter Road (it’s number 215) through Draycott. The car-park will be signposted.
See you there!