The 2018 Neston Village Fair took place on Saturday 30th June, a break in tradition as it was brought forward a week to avoid a clash with the Northern Lights Parkgate Festival which had been fixed for Sunday the July. The weather was, if anything too hot, which in the end may have affected the overall financial outcome as, whilst the overall attendance was equally as good as last year, people were not staying on the field for quite as long.
In total there were 16 information stalls, 15 non-parish fund raising stalls and 4 parish stalls, which raised £1,900 for the PCC and £1,500 for the non-parish charities, which was down on last year. This was in part due to the excessive heat, as above, and the reduced number of Parish stalls. In addition one of the major sponsors withdrew this year. The event is about more than just raising funds and the enjoyment on the faces of so many of our youngsters makes the event well worthwhile and there is also the exposure of so many local charities and groups through their presence on the field.
The fair was opened by the Mayor, Cllr Pat Kynaston, who also crowned the Rose Queen, Cassie Wilkie, who was accompanied by her two attendants Mya Bridgwater and Grace Jones, all from Neston Primary School.
The Grand Parish Raffle once again included a lucky dip as well as the normal raffle, this went down very well with combined takings of £726. Many thanks to Jacki Brien for all her hard work in organising this.
There were a number of activities on the field whilst Dave's Repti-liscious Reptile Party returned and proved, once again very popular. There was as usual a good turnout of classic cars.
The entertainment flowed throughout the afternoon, and was provided by the choirs of Neston Primary School and Woodfall Primary School, the Little Actors Theatre Co & InterACT Youth Theatre, The Parade Jazz Band and finally, the many talents of the Hip & Harmony Group. Once again the Bethania puppets performed throughout the afternoon, followed by the Neston & District Churches Together providing entertaining readings from the bible as part of the Open Book initiative.
In conclusion, I would like to thank the members of the Committee, who put in such sterling work, and all those people who helped in any way, whether on stalls, on the field or setting up before or clearing away after. I would particularly like to thank Tony Cooke who took over from our long term compere Alan Johnson, and did such a splendid job. Also a big thank you to the members of the ATC, who provided invaluable help throughout the day.
If we are to continue in future years with the fair, which is probably one of the main fund raisers for the Parish, we need more volunteers for the Committee from within the Church, so if you are interested please contact me, either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (336 4364) to discuss how you may help.
Chairman Village Fair Committee