If you were as astonished and as impressed as we were by last year’s Draycott St Margaret’s Summer Fayre – well, prepare to be amazed. This year is going to be even bigger, and even better!
It’s not long now until the big day – so make a note in your diary. The fayre takes place in the centre of Draycott on Sunday July 13th.
If you enjoy Top Gear, you’ll absolutely love the massive displays of hundreds of classic cars, tractors, engines, trucks and motorcycles.
But, the vehicle fun doesn’t stop there – this year, a miniature railway is on site, a vintage double-decker bus is offering rides, a World War Two plane is flying overhead… and there are carousels and mini-quads at the funfair!
This is the twenty-first year of the Fayre; and, because of last year’s outstanding success, organisers expect thousands of people through the gates.
But, of course, there is more to the event than just fun for transport buffs. This is a family day…
It is also a local & traditional country occasion, with the usual dog-show and country games for the kids, not to mention craft displays by local organisations.
As usual, the funds raised will go to a great cause: maintaining the village’s ancient church.
But, if you are still wavering, there are two other main attractions which you will enjoy.
The fantastic Y-Draig group re-enact the Viking era, with authentic costumes and encampments. They will demonstrate Viking fighting skills too – though, when Y-Draig challenged the village’s children to battle last year, the poor Vikings were put to flight!
Meanwhile, the famous jazz-busker Eric Newton will lead the live-music bill. Worth the admission fee just by himself…
Just make sure you don’t miss anything….
* Dog show – all dogs welcome! A national dog-show judge will be making the choices
* The Y Ddraig Viking re-enactment group will set up a Viking village; and demonstrate Viking sports during the afternoon
* A vintage Dakota plane will be flying overhead at around 2.50pm
* Children’s country sports – all children invited! Forsbrook Guides are supervising
* Punch & Judy Show; and Magic Show
* Eric Newton, ‘The Jogging Jazzman’, plays his clarinet
* Vintage and collectors’ tractors on display
* Classic cars, trucks, lorries, buses and motorcycles and static-engine displays
* Funfair, run by Duncan Milner – including a ride-on miniature train
* The Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society is running a 1949 double-decker bus in a continuous circuit along the main road to Tean then to Blythe Bridge and back to Draycott all day. (There will also be stops at Rookery Crescent in Cresswell, at 10.35, 11.30, 12.25, 1.20, 2.15, 3.10 and 4.05).
Trips are free – though donations would be welcomed…
* Mr Braunton has his mini-quad bikes out on the field – just for kids!
* Draycott Sports Centre are giving everyone a chance to play ‘short tennis’; and take part in fitness exercise routines
* The Huntley Wood Country Activities Centre is hosting a Country Craft Village, featuring locally-born Anthony Hammond and other craft workers. Anthony will be carving a wood-sculpture from scratch, which is beign raffled off at the end of the day
* Stalls: selling local produce, second-hand goods, books and craft items. Organised by stalwarts Selwyn Edwards and Pauline Clarke.
* Tea Shop with sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks, run by Christine Wibberley and her team.
* Barbecue – run by Lee Stanford & his team from Draycott Moors College – with beef-burgers and hotdogs.
* Bar, run this year by Ben Hart and his team.
* And don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket from Bill & Nola Ward !
The top prize this year is well worth winning, being a “bushcraft experience day” donated by the Huntley Wood Outdoor Experience Centre. The lucky winner will, along with a group of up to 10 people, be able to spend a day at Huntley Wood, with expert bushcraft tuition from Christian Fox of OWL Craft. The day can cover a variety of topics, from edible plants to fire lighting and making shelters and other wilderness living skills, depending on what the lucky winner is interested in, and is suitable for adults or children.
Portable toilets are laid on.
A giant marquee will keep us all dry, should the weather be a little unkind.
Parking – in the next field – is free.
Admission to the ground is £4 for adults; kids under sixteen are allowed in free.
The fayre is held, as usual, right in the centre of the village on Uttoxeter Road (ST11 9AE) with gates open at 11am. The day closes at 5pm with a church service in the marquee.
For more details, and to hire a table for a stall (just £10), phone 01782 396190.
And just a reminder: most of the people who put on the fayre are local volunteers doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. So, as well as to everybody mentioned above, thanks must also go to:
Paul Ford, who goes above and beyond in letting the fayre use his fields and helps also to prepare those fields
Master of Ceremonies, John Beardmore
Tom Sales, who manages the tractor collections – and more
And… of course… John Clarke, who has managed to bring all these talents together to make it all happen!
…and, er, anyone we’ve forgotten to mention…
And – if you’d like to remember the wonderful day it was last year – just click to see photos and reports from Draycott Fayre 2013
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