As the last details trickle in, it looks like the Draycott Fayre 2014 will have surpassed even last year’s record takings. It’s believed – though the full accounts have yet to be completed – that the event could have raised a staggering £10,000 altogether.
The money raised has come not just from the fayre itself but also from a fund-raising night hosted by the rock band Jacque Rabbit.
As the name – St Margaret’s Summer Fayre – suggests, the day is specifically organised to raise money to pay for the maintenance of the village’s parish church – which is over 700 years old, and in constant need of running repairs. A worthy cause.
As we mentioned in our review of the day, one of the big attractions at the fayre was the live-sculpting feature – in which local boy Anthony Hammond created a wooden statue of an owl before our very eyes.
Her raffled it off for charity; and the winner turned out to be Annette Smith from Hollinsclough. Annette was one of the exhibitors, who had brought along her red London taxi to show in the vintage-car rally – and she was really chuffed to be able to take the owl home with her.
If you enjoyed Anthony Hammond’s work, we can recommend that you take a trip to see his Cedar Tree carving at the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s base near Stafford. The piece is being billed as the largest chainsaw carving in Staffordshire…
The other results people have been waiting for are those of the Grand Raffle. Click here to see the full list of winners.
Congratulations to first-prize winner Wendy Mears: she’s won a full day for her and a group of friends to learn and experience wilderness-skills & bush-craft at the local Huntley Wood Outdoor Centre. The day is led by ‘OWL’ Forest-School instructors.
(I wonder if Wendy will learn enough to be able to help us to decide how best to cook the red-currants in our garden – before the birds eat them all…)
Thanks also to all the people who have emailed in photos of the day to us. Though we had enough photos to create a small gallery of photos immediately, the additional pictures have helped to make the gallery much larger.
To see the full gallery of photos of the day – click here. (Don’t forget to select ‘Slideshow’, then ‘Show Info’ & ‘Full screen’ if you want the best viewing experience).
And that’s not all…
Just a reminder now that the good times never stop in Draycott district!
The next local big family event is at the end of August, when the cricket club has its Open Day & Music Festival at its ground in Cresswell.
The main event, on Saturday 30 August, features includes face/body painting, circus skills, bouncy castle, magic, balloon modelling and stalls… and even incorporates a ‘gurning’ championship! More details on our What’s On page.
Don’t forget to put the date in your diary…