Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Village fayre raises record amount after switching days

A RECORD £1,300 was raised at this year’s summer fayre in Remenham.

A RECORD £1,300 was raised at this year’s summer fayre in Remenham.

Hundreds of people attended the event at the parish hall with attractions including a produce and cookery show, children’s races and tug of war competitions for different age groups.

There was also a tombola, a cake stall run by Remenham WI, a barbecue, raffle, crockery smashing, splat the rat, hook-a-duck and wet sponge throwing. The children’s events included a sack race, a three-legged race and a “four-legged race” in which three competitors ran in a line with their legs tied together.

The fun dog show had 15 entries and the veterans category was won by villager Ann Shemilt’s 13-year-old labradoodle Truffle.

The proceeds will go towards the restoration of the brick walls surrounding the hall.

Barry Rosier, who compered the afternoon, said: “The four-legged race was my idea. I like to improvise and it turned out to be a good laugh — some teams who’d done well in the three-legged race found it really hard. People thought it was crazy but they loved it.

“This is the first time we’ve held the fayre on a Sunday instead of a Saturday but we did very well indeed. The turnout was exceptional. We had a few walkers pop in and even a group of seven Japanese students who were heading up the towpath to take photos of Temple Island and heard me making announcements over the public address system. They even had a go at the tug of war!”

Co-organiser Amanda Gibbon said: “This year was a great success and we are very pleased with both attendance and the amount we raised.  Despite being a small hamlet, we attracted quite a few visitors from outside the area.”

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