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.
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.
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.
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.
The centre ring features Maypole Dancing, the Goring Growlers (TBC) dog agility team, Pinewood Gymnastics (TBC) and don't miss the famous Pig Racing!
The music tent has many talented local acts.
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.
Plenty of FREE parking is provided on the Bradfield Southend Cricket Club field, with easy access to the Mayfayre.
Monday 1st May 2017.
12:30 to 16:30
Bradfield Southend Playing Fields, RG7 6EY
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
Entries from 12:30 p.m. and Judging commences 1:30 p.m.
Enquiries to Angela or Ray Willis 0118 974 4872.
Pinewood Gymnastics of Wokingham will be giving a demonstration of their award winning routines.
The Goring Growlers Dog Agility Team will be giving a demonstration and there’s a chance for your dog to have a go afterwards.
Watch the local pigs race. You can name the pigs for the races, and take a bet on the winner!
There will be music from Englefield Primary School Choir, South Berks Concert Band and Bradfield College Staff Brass Quintet.
...there will be a Tag Rugby demo, opening by the May Queen and attendants and Maypole dancing.
We have many games and attractions for a full afternoon of fun! These include:
Climb the Wall
Toss the Bale
Fishing for Ducks
Milk the Cow
St Peters & PTA
Methodist Church and Parish Council
Gigaclear fibre broadband
Bradfield College Sports Complex
To be drawn at 4:00 p.m. Monday 1st May 2017
Prizes to be confirmed.
50p per Ticket. On sale from our Raffle Stands (next to Beer and Art & Craft tent).
100% of Ticket sales go to support our community and local charities.
We are extremely grateful to our Community Partners and Suppliers who have been so generous and supportive of the Mayfayre.
Bradfield Social Club
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
New Village Hall £1000
St Peters Nursery £500
John Simmonds Trust £650
Whist Club £250
Luncheon Club £250
Women's Institute £200
Englefield School £300
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