If the weather forecasters are right, this summer is going to be a good ‘un – and slap bang in the middle of the British summer this year comes the twenty-fourth Draycott St Margaret’s Summer Fayre – so, it’s time to get yourself ready!
The date for your diary is Sunday 12th July, with everything kicking off at 11.30 and finishing just before 5pm.
After two years in which the main attraction was the Viking re-enactors (who were brilliant), John Clarke and his team have decided on a change.
This year the fair goes back to the 17th Century and the time of the English Civil War in which Royalists fought the Roundheads.
The particular re-enactment group coming this year are from that very era and call themselves ‘Sir George Lisle’s Regiment of Foote’ (pic: right) which is also the name of an actual regiment which recruited from North Staffordshire during the Civil War. They are part of the famous Sealed Knot society.
Expect loud bangs, ancient regimental manoeuvres including pikes, and lots of fascinated children to be watching! There will two displays during the course of the day.
Also new this year will be local strongman Fred Burton. Fred has been performing extraordinary feats of strength down the years, and, at the fayre, he will be making three new attempts on the Guinness World Book Of Records – all of which will be monitored by properly appointed referees.
Believe it or not, Fred will make these lifting-and-carrying attempts with… his little finger, and his teeth….
But the old favourites are not ignored.
At the top of the field, as part of the usual classic & historic rally, hundreds of vintage vehicles (from cars to tractors), and working engines, will all be on show. The Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society will also be running a 1930’s double-decker omnibus in a route round the area, from Tean to Cresswell to Blythe Bridge, picking up anyone who wants to jump on!
The fun-fair and stalls will be next to the rally.
The first actual feature on the day, taking place at 11.30am, is the popular Dog Show. All fayre visitors are invited to enter their pets into the competition.
The fantastically enjoyable Family Sports competitions are back – who can forget how the children memorably beat the Vikings at Tug o’War two years ago? Not to mention the day that the Draycott Ladies showed the Men how a will-to-win can always beat ‘experience’.
Inside the marquee, will be bric-a-brac stalls, tea & cakes, and a bar – not forgetting the fantastic burger-stall (where the queue never dies down….) – plus children’s entertainers all through the day.
Many local organisations will also have stalls displaying what work they do in our area – in case you had forgotten how much goes on this area….
The great thing about the fayre is that almost all the organisation and support for it comes from within the parish district (Draycott, Cresswell, Totmonslow and Draycott Cross). There are no ‘paid professionals’ here; it all comes from the heart.
Much support comes from St Margaret’s Church itself where the parishioners and church wardens are always the first to volunteer their services.
This year members from ‘Mish-Mash’, the church’s youth club, will be assisting at the tea-bar. Be kind to them; it’s their first year…
And, once again, another set of stalwarts have stepped forward to man the hot, tiring and very successful burger-stall – well done to the staff of the Draycott Moor College.
In fact, most of the stalls and activities are also run by local people, including members of the Draycott Women’s Institute and the Craft Club.
Incidentally, if you belong to a local organisation, and you’ve forgotten to get yourself a stall or otherwise get involved at the fayre, it is not too late, but do hurry. Phone John on 01782 396190, or, if you are a Facebook person, message the Fayre’s Facebook page.
And it’s great to know that much of what you spend, whether it’s for the entry fee, or at the stalls, will makes its way back to Draycott.
The profits all go to supporting St Margaret’s, the ancient church which has overlooked this village for the last seven hundred years – and hopefully will for many more.
Admission is £4, with children under 16 getting in for free.
See you on Sunday the 12th!
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