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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Plenty of FREE parking is provided on the Bradfield Southend Cricket Club field, with easy access to the Mayfayre.
Monday 7th May 2018.
Midday to around 17:30
Bradfield Southend Playing Fields, RG7 6EY
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
Entries from 12:30 p.m. and Judging commences 1:30 p.m.
New for this year: Child Handling classes for 16 and under. See schedule below for details
Enquiries to Angela or Ray Willis 0118 974 4872.
The Goring Growlers Dog Agility Team will be giving a demonstration and there’s a chance for your dog to have a go afterwards.
Watch the local pigs race. You can name the pigs for the races, and take a bet on the winner!
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.
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.
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!
..the opening by the May Queen and attendants and Maypole dancing.
We have many games and attractions for a full afternoon of fun! These include:
Toss the Bale
Fishing for Ducks
Milk the Cow
Toss The Horseshoe
Splat The Rat
Penalty Shoot Out
*** NEW GAMES ***
Toss the Bunny
Coach and Horses
Fury Foot Circus Workshop
Berks Federation of WI
St Peters Pre School
Bradfield College Sports Complex
To be drawn at 4:00 p.m. Monday 7th May 2018
Many prizes including:
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.
We are extremely grateful to our Community Partners and Suppliers who have been so generous and supportive of the Mayfayre.
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.