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Draycott Fayre 2016 – review

On a day when you have to compete against Andy Murray in a Wimbledon final, Lewis Hamilton in the British Grand Prix, not to mention the Annual Cheadle Road Race, you might at least expect the weather to be kind.  Especially when you are celebrating your 25th anniversary.
Nope! Didn’t happen.

The morning of Sunday 10 July dawned windy, squally and rainy. It was so wet underfoot early on in Ford’s Field that the path into the field had to be abandoned eventually (after a lot of work by the fayre tractor-driver hauling vehicles out of the mud!) and exhibiters had to be re-routed on to the site.  Well done to volunteer Nola Ward who acted as an impromptu traffic police officer!
We won’t mention the tent that simply blew in the air and sailed away.

But… as they say … the sun shines on the righteous.
Unbelievably, by late morning, the bad weather was over, and the crowds began to stream in like nothing had happened.

Fab fayre

It was another great Fayre.
The piece de resistance’ had to be the float, on the truck: celebrating a wonderful 25 years in existence of this event.

Draycott Fayre 2016 - 25 years banner

Parish councillor Pauline Clarke shows the ’25 Years’ banner – made by the Brownies

The Draycott Brownies decorated the float (in more ways than one) – it was a magic idea, and also alerted the neighbourhoods to the presence of the fayre.

The great thing about this fayre is that there is something to watch or to do almost every minute – even though the carousel and bouncy trampolines and quad-bikes kept most of the children pretty busy most the time.
Once again, the Y-Draig Vikings re-enactment group were the stars of the day (though no one fancied joining in their authentic seventh-century meal…!)

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In fact, for all children there it was a terrific day – with sports (including the brilliant sack-race, and a Vikings vs The Rest tug-o-war) organised by Dave Meller.  He managed to keep charge… most of the time…
Some children also joined in with the drummers, some flocked to the puppets, and some decided to do battle with the Vikings (the Vikings lost).

Community involvement

What was also great was the number of organisations from our community who turned up in one shape or another.   Among them: the church hall committee, Draycott Plant Nurseries, VVSM community action group, the Draycott Craft Club, the local Brownies & Girl Guides, Draycott Sports Centre, St Margaret’s Church congregation, the local Women’s Institute, Draycott Moor College (who raised £1100 on the day!!), Andy Bird and the Angling Club, the Draycott Arms… not to mention the St Margaret’s Fayre Committee & Volunteers led so ably by John Clarke…
If we’ve forgotten anyone – our apologies.
Next year, it would be nice to see even more community-based organisations doing their bit…

It was also wonderful to see the oldest person in our district turn up.  Betty Hammond (the former parish councillor) is well over 100 years old, but she was there – determined to see her grandson Anthony Hammond perform his usual startling feats of wood-sculpture.
Incidentally, a kind lady bought young Sam a ticket to try to win Anthony’s finished sculpture (a wooden owl) – and it turned out to be the winning ticket!  A nice story.

Draycott Fayre 2016 - ice cream

Draycott Fayre 2016 – a perfect way to spend a day!

Thanks once again to John Clarke and his team.  Let’s hope we have another twenty-five years…

To see lots more photos of the fayre, just visit the Fayre facebook page)
To see the preview of the 2016 Fayre, click here

Draycott St Margaret’s 2016 Summer Fayre

Time to get your diaries out – because the liveliest day of our summer is almost upon us…  Yes, the vibe around the Draycott Summer Fayre (which is now confirmed for Sunday July 10th), is already buzzing!

Welcome return

The big news is surely the return of Y-Ddraig .  This fantastic group re-enacts the Viking era, with authentic costumes and encampments. They were massive hits at the 2013 and 2014 fayres, and it was only other commitments that prevented them coming back last year.

Viking conflict

The ‘Vikings’ enjoyed themselves with a number of battles

The lads and ladies of the group also demonstrate, and teach, bloodcurdling Viking fighting skills – though they have had their come-uppance in previous years when they challenged the village’s children to battle… (!)

As befits the 25th year of the fayre, the rest of the line-up is incredibly strong too.
The organisers have pulled off a real coup to get the Staffordshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, twenty youngsters who really know how to play. They will be in the marquee.
The Joliba African Drums are coming along too, and they do more than just perform. What they do is encourage children to join in by having some quick tuition – and the afternoon finishes off with a performance by and with the children.  That will be definitely worth staying for.

With the Dog Show, the Children’s Sports and Tug-of-War tournament also there, it is going to be a busy afternoon in the main ring.  (If you think our dog has the makings of a champion, be sure to get to the fayre by 11am to register – the dog show is planned for 11.30).

Enjoying an ice-cream at Draycott Summer Fayre!

Enjoying an ice-cream at Draycott Fayre …

For younger children, instead of the usual Punch & Judy, there is the Coverdale Puppets experience (from Merseyside).  Check out their performances on YouTube, and you’ll agree that fun is the name of their game…

Relax, relax… as well

But the day is not just about ceaseless activity!
Thank goodness for the ‘Saint Margaret’s Bar’ and its cooling beers and ciders (and other drinks). A big thank-you to The Draycott Arms which will be running it this year.  Zara Hutson, from the Arms, has promised a proper ‘beer festival’, so if you enjoy a pint, it really will suit you.
The staff of Draycott Moor College has once again showed terrific willingness to join in community activities – they will be running the barbecue.  And don’t forget the wonderful Tea Shop run by Christine Wibberley & friends.

And you don’t even have to walk to the fayre! If you live in Tean, Cresswell, Blythe Bridge or Draycott, then jump on the special Fayre bus.  POPS, the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society, will be running a vintage bus around the villages all day.

A proud owner of a vintage machine at Dracott Fayre

A proud owner of a vintage machine, at the 2015 fayre

And – all the familiar sights will be on show too…    The vintage car and machinery rally, the funfair, the stalls selling everything from ice-cream to plants, the local community groups’ charity stands, the ‘country-crafts experience’ and even the popular family games will all be in evidence.
(If you or your local group wants a stand at the fayre, it is not too late to apply.  Just email the Fayre Organiser, and he will help you sort something out – £10 a table.)

Party, party on Saturday

For those that love to dance or just appreciate some live music, well, you will get your chance on the previous evening, ie the Saturday evening (9th July), when the marquee will be put to good use, hosting a band and disco.
The wonderful Jacque Rabbit band (featuring local lad Richard Ward) will be headlining the night; and Peter Wright, who is so well-known to all of us, will be running the disco.  Support band are Styx & Stone, who hail from Hilderstone just thre miles away.
It really is a fun summer’s night entertainment – so try to get your tickets early for that event – just email the Fayre Organiser£4 in advance, £5 on the night.


Please remember that this is a local event, run voluntarily by local people for a local charitable cause (the ongoing, and expensive, maintenance of our 13th century village church, St Margaret’s).
So, thinking of that – do you think you can help, by volunteering?
On the Sunday (and even the Saturday evening) there is always a need.  People are required for all sorts of tasks – from the basic, like stewarding on the car-park, right through to ‘shepherding’ the main acts.
If you can spare even a little time, or have some expertise, please email the Fayre Organiser John Clarke.  He will be very happy to hear from you!

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 around 5.30pm with a church service in the marquee.
Entry is £5 but children of school-age come in free.
On-site car-parking is free.


This page was last updated on July 8th.

For those who wanted to see the North Staffordshire Pony Club, a bit of unfortunate latest-news: the club have had to pull out of their fascinating ‘Musical Ride’ routine – twelve ponies and their riders that weave patterns to music.  Maybe next year…

Fayre volunteers will also want to keep an eye on the special Fayre Facebook page.

It looks like it’s going to be a good ‘un this year!