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St John the Baptist Parish Church

The May Fair

May Fair Celebrations - Bank Holiday Monday 7thMay 2018

May Bank Holiday in Crowthorne can mean only one thing – May Fair Celebrations with the Village Community of Crowthorne.  So once again a very big thank you to the parishioners of St. John’s for making the day possible and such a wonderful success.

The St. John’s May Fair is an annual event held on the Village Morgan recreation ground each Spring Bank Holiday Monday.  The weather is always a talking point and this year was no different as we were blessed unseasonably hot sunshine more typical of a hot summer’s day.

The opening of the event was blessed by the Rev’d Lisa Cornwell, and the afternoon of traditional village fair fun commenced.  It was a true privilege and joy for our very own St. John's GLorEE singers, led by Zellah Barrett, to ‘steal the show’ and give such an exciting and talented performance.  

The central events arena, expertly guided by James Laverick and Sarah Dewson, entertained the crowds.  Whilst the hot sunshine may have encouraged some to seek viewing from the shade, the refreshments or even the beer tent, our artists were undeterred by the sweltering heat and gave their all for the enjoyment of the village community.  The list of performers was; GLorEE, Sandhurst Community Band, Yateley Morris Dancers, EBOS singers and Laura Henderson Dance Academy.  Finally, the event requiring the most hands and feet was our ever-popular tug-of-war match, which is somehow amazingly organised on-the-fly by James and Sarah to the great amusement of onlookers and participants alike.

The local fire brigade were in attendance to support our May Fair, providing a focal point for young eyes and offering the opportunity to get close to a real Fire Engine! Thanks also to David Montgomery and fellow Buckler Car enthusiast for displaying a unique piece of local history.

Family entertainment was provided in the form of a magnificent inflatable assault course, Sam the Engine ride, Percy’s Horses, Pineapple Shy and Golf challenge.  For those with a more patient eye, bargains galore were to be found on our ever-popular stalls: Tombola, Teddy Bear, Lucky Spinner, Books, White Elephant, Children’s Toy (supported by a team of Edgbarrow 6thFormers led by Lia Butterworth) and Jewellery. 

For the thirsty and hungry on lookers we were able to offer refreshments in the form of; Ice creams, Mother’s Union cakes, Tea Tent drinks and nibbles, hotdogs (al la family Robertson and Forbes ‘in training’), Scouts-burgers and the highly popular beer garden serving a popular local Hogs Back ale.

Knowledgeable village gardeners, with visions for summer garden colour, flocked to our hugely knowledgeable plant stall volunteers, led by Caroline Ireson, keen to offer our unique mixture of locally grown plants and locally sourced bedding plants.  This year we would like to record a special thanks to Dr Edmund Chow who retied form the plant stall team after many years of generous service – thank you Edmond!

The day starts with a clear Morgan rec and ends the same way, but only due to the efforts of many hard-working men and women who load and unload the lorry, erect tents, assemble the PA system and generally ‘lift and shift’ all we use and see on the day. To that band a ‘warriors’ – thank you! – and see you next year J

May Fair is supported by local the Crowthorne Village traders via adverts within the events programme, hence we encourage you to make use of your community trading long after the Bank Holiday ‘dust’ has settled.

May Fair provides a wonderful community engagement opportunity for Parishioners of St John’s, to serve our local community and bring joy for the day. The event is also an essential fund raising event for the work of the church and its supported missions, and this year we are very pleased to report the event raised gross profits of £8,816 (less exceptional items a Net Profit of £8,442).

Parishioners, thank you one and all!

St John’s May Fair Committee