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BRADFIELD MAYFAYRE 2018

Mayday Bank Holiday Monday 7th May
From midday to around 5:30pm

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

Village Hall Playing Fields, Bradfield Southend, RG7 6EY

Adults £3
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.

It's focused on fundraising for the community for over 30 years, and providing a traditional good value day out.

FOOD AND DRINK

A variety of local food is available, including West Berkshire Brewery and Tutts Clump Cider at the beer tent, excellent Vicars Game barbeque, homemade WI teas and cakes, and our pulled pork baps, supplied by the Queens Head on our savoury food stall.

ARTS AND MUSIC

The Art and Craft Tent showcases local artists demonstrating their work.

The Music Tent has many talented local acts, including Paper Houses, Englefield Choir and South Berks Band.    


ATTRACTIONS

There are many new games this year, including old favourites of Plate Smashing, Coconut Shy or Tossing the Bale competition, have a go at Skittles, the bouncy castle slides.

Attractions include Fury Foot Clown Workshop, Blacksmith Demonstration and Classic Tractors

CENTRE RING

The centre ring includes May Queen Opening and Maypole Dancing, the Borderline Morris Dancers, famous Pig Racing and may more

Goring Growlers return, with a have-a-go section for your dog.

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?

Adults £3
Children 50p

WHEN IS IT?

Monday 7th May 2018.
Midday to around 17:30

WHERE IS IT?

Bradfield Southend Playing Fields, RG7 6EY

CHAIRMAN'S WELCOME

Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to the 37th 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 a 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. £9,200.

A very special mention and thanks must go to our Mayfayre 2018 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 2018 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 2019 which is 6th 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)


New for this year: Child Handling classes for 16 and under.  See schedule below for details


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

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!

NEMISIS MARSHAL ARTS

Nemesis Martial Arts & Fitness Club was established in 2008 by Peter Felix 5th Degree Black Belt & Former European & British Undefeated Champion with the aim of providing high quality martial arts to the people of Berkshire.

BOB HOGG SHEEPDOGS

During the display Bob explains how the dogs are trained, then going on to work two, three and four dogs at the same time. Sheep, Geese and Ducks may all be a part of the display not to mention our new addition Paxo the Chicken. 

BORDERLINE MORRIS

Redefining what it means to be a morris tart, Borderline Morris defy death, convention,
speed cameras and basic physics with their unique, exciting performances.  Border morris with a difference - if Cromwell was still around he'd definitely ban it!

AND...

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

ARTS AND MUSIC TENTS

South Berks Concert Band

Englefield Primary Choir

Paper Houses

Art and Craft Tent

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

NEW GAMES

Putting Board
Milk the Cow
Cricket Nets
Toss The Horseshoe
Splat The Rat
Penalty Shoot Out
*** NEW GAMES ***
Toss the Bunny
Welly Target

ATTRACTIONS

Tractors Display
Farrier
Coach and Horses
Sheep Shearing
Fury Foot Circus Workshop
Berks Federation of WI
Face Painting


ATTRACTIONS

Sunshine Club
St Peters Pre School
Church stall
Methodist Church
Parish Council
Bradfield College Sports Complex


FIELD MAP

GRAND PRIZE DRAW

To be drawn at 4:00 p.m. Monday 7th May 2018

Many prizes including:

  • Meal at the Fox and Hounds, Theale
  • Luxury Hamper with Local Berkshire Specialities
  • Bread Making Experience from Lucy Steele
  • Meal for two at the Queens Head, Bradfield
  • M.O.T. at P.R. Motors of Tidmarsh
  • Swimming and Exercise Vouchers for Bradfield Sports Complex
  • Tutts Clump Cider and Laithwaite’s Wine

50p per Ticket. On sale from our Raffle Stand next to Pig Tote 

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

SUPPLIERS

2017 BENEFICIARIES

Thanks to you, your generosity and support, the following disbursements, totalling £9,225 has been made to our village based organisations, charities and community based projects from the proceeds of the 2017 Mayfayre.

New Church £600
Newslink £375
Bradfield Primary PTA £900
New Village Hall £800
St Peters Pre-School £375

John Simmonds Trust £500
Bradfield Brownies £150
Bradfield Whist Club £150
Bradfield Luncheon Club £200
Women's Institute £275