What a week that was. After two years of planning, we managed to pull off 26 events in just 10 days. We started on the Friday evening with a reception for our generous Patrons, without whom we could not have achieved what we did.
Fair Week proper started on the Saturday, when 64 families took part in the Scarecrow trail guessing the Olympic sport and national flags of 21 scarecrows dotted around Wrington. It was wonderful to see so many families walking around the centre of the
village so obviously enjoying themselves.
Wrington School's PTA Plant Sale and coffee morning was well attended. The Drama Club completed their two one act plays, Pity About Kitty and Albert.
On Sunday the 'Open Air' Churches Service wasn't - the weather saw to that. Instead it was held inside All Saints' Church. Straight afterwards was the Wellie Dressing competition - congratulations to those who took part. That afternoon more families joined in the Treasure Hunt before joining us at a barbecue. Inside the Sports and Social Club pavilion, 80 young people were dancing
their hearts out at our Children's Disco - a sellout.
It was amazing to see so many people on the Recreation Ground field which, whilst bathed in sunshine, was so squidgy that we had already decided not to hold our Spring Fête there the next day. With just 24 hours' notice, 'Plan C' was implemented as we moved the whole Fête into the Memorial Hall and its car park. And what a success it was. Visitors and stallholders alike were all happy that we pulled off a memorable afternoon.
Thanks go to Wrington Parish Council for enabling us to make the move, as well as for all the other support it has provided,
enabling many other events to in the Hall.
To round off the bank holiday we held our Wine Tasting evening with Mimi Avery - another sell-out event.
On Tuesday the Crafty Little Stars enjoyed decorating plates to take home to their families. In the evening we had either pie or paella at The Plough, before listening to a wonderful folk concert by Steve Hogg and two of his friends. Wednesday saw Afternoon Tea and Bingo enjoyed by almost forty people. The Junior Youth Drama Club's 'Magic of the Musicals' was another sell-out performance - well done Julie Kingcott.
On Thursday 200 young people at Wrington Primary School dressed up for the day according to different decades of HM The Queen's reign. A driftwood chair, made and donated by Mark Bullen, was unveiled in the willow reading area on the school field and then the children were treated to afternoon tea served by members of the Fair Week Committee. Our Quiz Night at the Sports and Social Club pavilion was another sell-out. Friday's Farmers' market entertained an additional stall hosted by members of our twin town Villeneuve-lès-Béziers.
The Diamonds Casino night was enjoyed by many (but remembered by fewer). No Fair Week would be complete without our Pageant. A sunny, dry day provided the perfect backdrop, with good timekeeping by all except the train drivers, who found themselves at the opposite end of Broad Street to their train. All Saints' Church was adorned with wonderful floral displays creatively crafted to represent 'Queens'. The Scout and Guide Barn Dance sold out. The PTA held their annual Fun Run and we rounded off the week with a Songs of Praise where seven local organisations chose and introduced hymns which were appropriate to them. The week was perfectly summed up by Bethan Gomersall, a pupil at Wrington C of E Primary School, in a poem she had written and then delivered at the Service.
What a week! What a village! Here's to 2017!