Sunday, 24 October 2021

May fair fun for all ages

MORE than 1,000 people flocked to Mill Meadows in Henley on bank holiday Monday for the May fair.

MORE than 1,000 people flocked to Mill Meadows in Henley on bank holiday Monday for the May fair.

Families enjoyed picnicking by the river in the sunshine while being entertained by the Ellington Morris Dancers and the Barkham Ukulele Group Strummers, who

performed songs including Living Next Door To Alice, Let?s Twist Again and Hi Ho Silver Lining.

Other attractions included fairground games such as test your strength, a baking competition, a children?s fancy dress competition and a beer and Pimm?s tent as well as a bouncy castle, inflatable slide and merry-go-round for children.

There was also ferret racing staged by STA Ferret Rescue where visitors could bet on their favourite to reach the end of a see-through tube first. Stalls were manned by local organisations such as Henley Tennis Club and Henley Lions Club to promote themselves and raise money.

The fair, which is organised every year by the Henley Round Table, raised an estimated £500 to £600 for the group?s Helping Hand fund, which gives donations of up to £250 to local charities and worthy causes.

Club chairman George Thomas called it a ?brilliant? day. He said: ?We were all a little bit worried last week looking at the weather forecast but it turned out to be absolutely glorious.

?The fair is a great event. I remember coming down here when I was a lad so it?s nice to be involved with it now. It?s a nice occasion to celebrate all the great local organisations that we have.?

The winners of the baking competition the winners were: Overall 1st prize ? Katy Ivanova, 13, with Lemon Heaven; Tray bake ? 1st Emily Adshead, eight, with Millionaires Row, 2nd Ben Adshead, six, with Rocky Road; Cake ? 1st Katy Ivanova with Lemon Heaven, 2nd Grace Pratt, seven, with Happy Cat; 3rd Mathew Nichol, 12, with Strawberry Sponge; Biscuit winner ? Ashton Cartland, five, with Biscuit Shapes.

Meanwhile, a May fair took place at Sacred Heart Primary School in Henley on Friday.

Parents, staff, governors and pupils attended the event, which was in aid of the school?s plan to revamp four outdoor areas.

The theme of the fair was craftwork and there were stalls selling homemade gifts and treats including home-grown vegetables, cakes, jam, honey and jewellery.

Other attractions included tombolas, a raffle, bouncy castle and a barbecue.

The school choir performed the New Seekers? I?d Like To Teach the World To Sing.

Headteacher Gez Davis said: ?What a fantastic afternoon we all had. There was a lovely atmosphere and I was delighted to see so many parents, pupils and staff enjoying the sunshine and having some fun together.

?The PTA did a great job in organising the event and I?m confident that thanks to the generosity of the parents and children, we?ve raised lots of money to put towards the redesign of our outdoor spaces.?

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