Sunday, 21 April 2019

All the fun of the circus at May Fayre

All the fun of the circus at May Fayre

MAYPOLE dancing, Morris dancers and a tug of war will be among the attractions at this year’s Henley May Fayre.

The annual event will be held in Market Place from noon to 5pm on Monday, May 6.

It will be the third year running that the fayre has been held in the town centre, having been moved from Mill Meadows in 2017.

It will have a circus theme and children are encouraged to attend in fancy dress which will be judged at 12.30pm.

The fayre, which will be officially opened by town councillor Stefan Gawrysiak, will begin with a Maypole dance by youngsters from the Steph’s Divas & Dudes dance academy, choreographed by dance teacher Anne Garrett.

Bezerkaz Circus performers on stilts will parade around Market Place during the afternoon and there will be a circus skills workshop for children, which will include plate spinning, juggling and balancing.

Music will be provided by singer Daisy-Willow, busker D’Rael and the choir from Rupert House School in Bell Street. Members of the Rock Choir will perform on the town hall steps.

Cameron Burne will give a demonstration of Irish dancing, the Ellington Morris Dancers will also perform and Trinity Primary School drama club will stage a short performance.

Children’s author and artist Caroline H Green will read extracts from her books in the town hall.

The fayre will culminate with the tug of war competition with a trophy, which has been won by a team from the Row Barge Inn in West Street for the last two years.

This year, their rivals will include the Argyll and Saracen’s Head pubs and firefighters from Henley fire station.

There will be more than 20 stalls offering food and drink, face painting, a tombola and games such as hook-a-duck and coconut shy. The Catherine Wheel pub in Hart Street will have a stall serving hot dogs and burgers in the town square, while the Three Tuns in Market Place will also be serving food. The Gin & Prosecco VW Van will serve alcohol.

There will be a raffle with prizes including dinner for four people at the Catherine Wheel, two six-month memberships of the Love Fitness gym at Henley Rugby Club and £245 in photography vouchers.

The fayre will be raising money for the Henley Stroke Club.

Organiser and town councillor Sarah Miller said: “I’m really excited and hope the weather is kind to us as it was last year.

“We have got some fabulous acts on the stage this year. I’m really looking forward to the Rock Choir, when 60 women will perform, and the tug of war.

“The circus is going to be great — I’ve had an awful lot of mums stop me and say their kids can’t wait to come to that.”

Road closures will be in place, including the road heading west alongside Market Place and the bottom end of West Street which passes in front of the town hall.

The fayre is sponsored by Henley Town Council, Wilkins Removals, Penny & Sinclair estate agents, Soha Housing and the Hot Gossip coffee shop in Friday Street.

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