We were fortunate to be blessed with blue skies and sunshine once again this year for the annual St Andrew's Church Country Fayre on Saturday, 22nd September.
There was a strong scouting theme to the Fayre this year, with many scouts in attendance, demonstrating a range of activities including 'pioneering' with 'zip wires' and rope walkways between some of the trees in the churchyard. Further information was available from the national Mobile Display Unit on it's first visit to Bedfordshire. The scouting theme, and the scouting exhibition in the church were in celebration of 100 years of scouting this year.
The Fayre included the usual wide range of entertainment and activities, with plenty to occupy young and old for the whole day. The arena hosted a range of performances from local groups and organisations, including the Shefford Majorettes, St Andrew's School Country Dance Group, and School Choir, "Pirouettes and Pullbacks" dance school, plus local rock band, "The Escape" and the 1st Sandy Scout and Guide Reunion Band.
As always, there was no shortage of food and drinks available, from cookies to chutneys, and bacon rolls to burgers, as well as locally made ice-creams, home-made cakes and muffins, and an Indian buffet. But there was also plenty to do, including crossing rope bridges, scaling the climbing wall, smashing china (very popular!), as well as rides and slides for the youngsters.
This year's Fayre was raising money for two charities;
- UNICEF which supports children across the world, working in areas of child support, education, and HIV / AIDS. For more details, go to www.unicef.org.
- The Scout Holiday Homes Trust provides self-catering holiday accommodation for families with special needs - irrespective of any Scouting connections. For more information, go to www.scoutbase.org.uk/hq/holhomes.