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BRADFIELD MAYFAYRE 2017

Mayday Bank Holiday Monday 1st May
From 12:30 to around 5:30pm

A traditional Mayfayre set in the picturesque village of Bradfield Southend.
Includes the companion Dog Show.

Village Hall Playing Fields, Bradfield Southend, RG7 6EY

Family £6.00
Adults £2.50
Children 50p

Raising funds for the local community for over 30 years

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ABOUT THE MAYFAYRE

The Mayfayre has become one of the best local traditional Country Fayre's in Berkshire, providing very good value for money and an afternoon of fun and entertainment, drawing people from across Berkshire.

FOOD AND DRINK

A variety of local food is available, including West Berkshire Brewery and Tutts Clump Cider at the beer tent, excellent Vickars Game barbeque, home made WI teas and cakes, and a Curry from the Sachin Club.

FUNDRAISING

This event is an annual fund raising event for voluntary organisations and community projects based in the Bradfield community.

Raising funds for the local community for over 30 years.    

ATTRACTIONS

Test your skills at the Plate Smashing, Coconut Shy or Tossing the Bale competition, have a go at Skittles, the bouncy castle slides and many, many more attractions.

Art In Action showcases local artists demonstrating their work.

CENTRE RING and MUSIC

The centre ring features Maypole Dancing, the Goring Growlers dog agility team,  and don't miss the famous Pig Racing! 

The music tent has many talented local acts.

MAYFAYRE BEGINNINGS...

In 1977 local villagers successfully came together to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Following this event, many people suggested that we had an Annual Village Occasion.  The enthusiasm from individuals, village clubs, the Parish Council and other organisations was such that in 1981 the first Bradfield Mayfayre took place on the Village Hall Playing Fields.

Jimmy Balsdon was our first Chairman and the organising Committee included – Mrs. Beausire, Rosemary Masters, Linda Bennell, Peter Bird, Sue Gilchrist, Mrs. Mount, Derek Young, Denise Horwood, Carol Yeoman and Jackie Maclean. Mrs. Ritchie and Mrs. Cresswell organised Coffee Mornings and whist drives raising funds to enable the MayFayre to get off to a brilliant start.

Admission to the Mayfayre was 50p for adults with free admission for children. The programme of events cost 20p. There were Decorated Floats and Bicycles, a Fancy Dress Parade …musical pony rides, a dancing display, Tug o’War Competition, Gymnastic Display, Maypole Dancing and the Blackdam Majorettes. The first MayQueen arrived in a horse-drawn decorated carriage. Music was provided by Bradfield College Brass Band and Pangbourne Silver Band. The first Dog Exemption Show (Ray Willis) was held and there were many stalls and side shows.  John Bishop brought along sheep for shearing and a demonstration of spinning … Norman Patterson brought along pigs and Mr. A.Phillips provided a poultry display.  

There were races for the children, a Half Yard Ale contest, Tossing the Bale (Bob Wyatt) and Bowling for a Pig.  We had a Custom Cars display, a licensed bar, ice-creams, hot dogs and afternoon teas.  In St.Peter’s Hall there was an Arts & Crafts Exhibition and a display of Bradfield Local History.

For those who had some energy left a social evening was held with music provided by Orange Discotheques.  

So here we are in 2017 ready to celebrate the 36th Bradfield Mayfayre – many of the original committee members, supporters and programme advertisers are still in and around the village and have wonderful memories of the early beginnings of what is now a most successful annual event.

QUESTIONS and ANSWERS

WHERE CAN I PARK?

Plenty of FREE parking is provided on the Bradfield Southend Cricket Club field, with easy access to the Mayfayre.

HOW MUCH IS IT?

Family £6.00
Adults £2.50
Children 50p

WHEN IS IT?

Monday 1st May 2017.
12:30 to 16:30

WHERE IS IT?

Bradfield Southend Playing Fields, RG7 6EY

ASHAMPSTED ROAD and DARK LANE are closed - Be aware there are ROAD CLOSURES if coming from the North.

CHAIRMAN'S WELCOME

Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to the 36th Bradfield Mayfayre. Please relax and enjoy yourselves in the good old fashioned British way.  Our 'Art in Action', a well-established Mayfayre favourite, is back with exciting demonstrations and displays by local craftspeople for you to see their exciting work.  In the Beer and Cider tent, Bradfield Social Club will be working hard to satisfy your thirsts, having set a new record last year!

Firstly, I must thank all the Mayfayre Committee, a dedicated team of individuals, who once again have come up with an thrilling event with something for everyone young and old.  A lot of time and thought goes into each Mayfayre but without your generosity and loyalty our task, providing vital funds to our needy community projects, charities and voluntary organisations, would be much harder.  There is a summary of last year's disbursements on the following page, which totalled approx. £11,600.

A very special mention and thanks must go to our Mayfayre 2017 Community Partners: Bradfield Enterprises & College, Bradfield Social Club, Bramley Bakery, Parkers Estate Agents and the Performing Rights Society who are all extremely generous in helping us meet our objectives.

Thanks also to all our loyal and new advertisers in the 2017 programme. We are very grateful and lucky to have such wonderful supporters so we can continue to plan and provide a real "Value for Money" event.

Here's hoping the sun shines on us again and we all enjoy a fantastic afternoon and catch up with friends and neighbours. If anybody would like to join the Mayfayre helpers please speak to any of the 'yellow shirt' brigade. Save the date of Mayfayre 2018 which is 7th May. Put the date in your diary now!  Please enjoy and have a great afternoon! 

Jim Balsdon, MBE, Chairman

COMPANION DOG SHOW

Entries from 12:30 p.m. and Judging commences 1:30 p.m.

Classes

  • PEDIGREE: (Veteran over 7 years, Puppy 6 to 12 months, Yearling, Working & Pastoral, Toy & Utility, Gundog, Hound & Terrier and Open (All AV))


  • NOVELTY: (Best Crossbreed, Best Veteran over 7 years, Most Appealing Eyes, Best Rescued, Best Companion Dog Club DOG or BITCH, Dog in Best Condition, Best Crossbreed Puppy, Handsomest Dog, Prettiest Bitch, Waggiest Tail and Judges choice to take home.)


  • OBEDIENCE: (Strugglers, Triers and Hopefuls)


Details:

  • £2.00 per entry Pedigree and Obedience classes; £1 per entry Novelties classes.
  •  Car Park Free.
  •  Mayfayre Entrance charges also apply. 

 Enquiries to Angela or Ray Willis 0118 974 4872.

CENTRE RING and MUSIC TENT

GORING GROWLERS

 The Goring Growlers Dog Agility Team will be giving a demonstration and there’s a chance for your dog to have a go afterwards.

PIG RACING

Watch the local pigs race. You can name the pigs for the races, and take a bet on the winner!

MUSIC TENT

There will be music from Englefield Primary School Choir, and South Berks Concert Band.

AND...

...the opening by the May Queen and attendants and Maypole dancing.

GAMES AND ATTRACTIONS

We have many games and attractions for a full afternoon of fun!  These include:

GAMES

Coconut Shy
Plate Smashing
Hoopla
Bouncy Castle
Pedal Cars
Skittles
Treasure Hunt
Toss the Bale
Fishing for Ducks
Bottle Mania

NEW GAMES

Putting Board
Milk the Cow
Cricket Nets
***  NEW GAMES  ***
Toss The Horseshoe
Splat The Rat
Commando Net
Penalty Shoot Out
Field Treasure Hunt
Guess Where

ATTRACTIONS

Tractors Display
Cow & Calf
Farrier
Coach and Horses
Sheep Sheering
Fury Foot Circus Workshop
Beenham Rally Cars
Grundon Recycling Display
Berks Federation of WI
Sachin Trust


ATTRACTIONS

Sunshine Club
St Peters & PTA
Church stall
Methodist Church
Parish Council
Gigaclear fibre broadband
Bradfield College Sports Complex
Face Painting

FIELD MAP

GRAND PRIZE DRAW

To be drawn at 4:00 p.m. Monday 1st May 2017

Many przes including:

  • Luxury Hamper with Local Berkshire Specialities
  • Carriage Ride for four around the lanes of West Berkshire
  • Electric Strimmer donated by Oakleaf Garden Machinery
  • MOT at P R Motors of Tidmarsh
  • Meal for two at the Queens Head, Bradfield
  • Two planted tubs from Bradfield P.Y.O.
  • Tour of West Berkshire Brewery for two
  • Swimming and Exercise Vouchers for Bradfield Sports Complex
  • Many other prizes including Tutts Clump Cider and Laithwaite’s Wine

50p per Ticket. On sale from our Raffle Stands (next to Pig Tote and Art & Craft tent).

100% of Ticket sales go to support our community and local charities. 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND SUPPLIERS

We are extremely grateful to our Community Partners and Suppliers who have been so generous and supportive of the Mayfayre.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Bradfield Enterprises

Bradfield Social Club

Bramley Villiage Bakery 

Parkers Estate Agents

Performing Rights Society

West Berkshire Brewery

SUPPLIERS

Vickars Game

Bradfield Printing

Grundon
(TBC)

Tutts Clump
Cider

2016 BENEFICIARIES

Thanks to you, your generosity and support, the following disbursements, totalling £11,600 has been made to our village based organisations, charities and community based projects from the proceeds of the 2016 Mayfayre.

New Church £800
Newslink £500
PTA £1200
New Village Hall £1000
St Peters Nursery £500

John Simmonds Trust £650
Brownies £200
Whist Club £250
Luncheon Club £250
Women's Institute £200

Englefield School £300
Scouts £1000
Sunshine Club £800
Charlie Waller Trust £700
Kaleidoscope Choir £150

Young Farmers £450
Bradfield Cricket Club £1000
Standby Volunteer Group £100
Social Club £1250
Marine Cadets £500