Well once again we had fantastic weather for our annual Country Fayre on Saturday, 23rd September, despite some very heavy rain the day before! After a misty start, the skies cleared, and the sun shone on another great Country Fayre.
The Fayre opened to the sound of the Bedford Pipe Band, with former Spitting Image star and comedienne, Kate Robbins, performing the official opening ceremony. The arena was then the scene of continuous entertainment with performances from The Shefford Majorettes, The Biddenham School Steel Band, St Andrew's School Country Dance Group, Gamlingay School Choir, Pirouettes and Pullbacks, and not forgetting, Nigel the Juggler.
As always, there were plenty of stalls, ranging from tombolas to craft stalls, and a variety of snacks including bacon rolls, burgers, teas and cakes, as well as a fine selection of home-made jams and cookies.
Besides the stalls there were still plenty of activities to take part in, from traditional favourites like hoop-la to more unusual challenges like the climbing wall (see photo) and even a snail race - with plastic snails!
A very popular event in the arena was a hard fought 'Naval Gun Run' between teams from the Army, Air and Sea Cadets. We may be seeing that again next year!
The photos should give some flavour of what was a fabulous day. What they don't show is the magnificent £9,000 that was raised for The Children's Society and Save the Children. So, an enormous thanks to everyone that was involved in the event whether they were manning a stall or spending their money!
Next year's Fayre will be on Saturday 22nd September. See you there!