‘Gung-ho’ gets us through the rain

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - KATHRYN GRUDG­INGS and SYLVIA JONES Co-chair­women, or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee Bea­cons­field Coun­try Fayre

AFTER seven years of the sun shin­ing on Bea­cons­field Coun­try Fayre, it was in­evitable that one day the heavens would open and try to ruin our eighth.

But the com­mu­nity would not let a bit of rain spoil the day and it was great to see so many peo­ple brave the hor­ren­dous weather to come and en­joy the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. We were par­tic­u­larly thrilled that Mary Berry was able to open the fayre, and de­spite the in­ces­sant rain, she said it was a ‘real priv­i­lege’ to be there.

The dog show again proved very popular and this year there was a won­der­ful demon­stra­tion from Hear­ing Dogs for the Deaf.

Four­teen teams com­peted in the in­fa­mous Stretcher Race, with the win­ning team – Wild Train­ing Train­ers – com­ing close to the course record, and we had four teams com­pet­ing in the Chil­dren’s Stretcher Race.

Go Karts were a new fea­ture this year and again the stand show­ing the birds of prey fas­ci­nated young and old alike. A col­lec­tion of clas­sic cars had a stream of in­ter­ested on­look­ers.

Church stalls and craft stalls sold a va­ri­ety of items, and wel­come sus­te­nance came in the form of bar­be­cues, a pig roast and In­dian take­aways, washed down with Pimm’s or Re­bel­lion beer from the beer tent – not for­get­ting the cream teas in The Fitzwilliams Cen­tre.

It is too early to say how much money the coun­try fayre has raised this year. Un­for­tu­nately the weather will have had an ef­fect on the amount that can be given to lo­cal char­i­ties.

The com­mit­tee would like to thank ev­ery­one who helped to make the Bea­cons­field Coun­try Fayre hap­pen this year, de­spite appalling weather con­di­tions. In par­tic­u­lar, we are ex­tremely grate­ful to Mary Berry, the mayor and all the lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions that gave gen­er­ous spon­sor­ships and gifts for the raf­fle, the dog show judge and trainer, and to all the peo­ple who gave up their time and vol­un­teered to help on the day.

We are par­tic­u­larly proud of the ‘gung-ho’ spirit demon­strated by every­body, and we send you our sin­cere thanks.

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