A version of this report first appeared in the Stratford-upon-Herald, June 16 2016

The light rain at the start did not dampen the spirits of the large crowds who turned out for Wellesbourne’s Annual Street Fayre on Saturday afternoon. The event commenced with the children’s parade from the precinct with many of the children wearing crowns they had made, and led by the Shakespeare Morris Men. Two of the children cut the ribbon to open the fayre. The Morris Men continued to entertain the crowds during the afternoon.

There were nearly fifty stalls along Church Street and around the church centre selling a huge variety of goods, dispensing information and offering games to play. Wellesbourne Ladies Club won the prize for the best-dressed stall. The Scouts climbing wall attracted large crowds as did the coconut shy, face painters, craft stall and Wellesbourne Wanderers football target shoot. As usual, the fire engine was a great draw as was the Lions skittle alley and the penny arcade. The pet show added to the attractions.

Refreshments on offer included cream teas in the church centre, a vegetarian stall, icecream provided by the Friends of Wellesbourne School, a doughnut stall, and new this year – hot dogs and burgers from Russells and Wests which were very popular. There were lots of cakes on sale as well.

Inside the church was a display by the photographic group and others and the church was festooned with over 300 birthday cards for the Queen designed by pupils at Wellesbourne and Moreton Morrell Primary Schools. At 3 p.m. a short service to celebrate the Queen’s birthday was held in the church and a group of 7 year olds played the national anthem on their recorders.

The committee would like to thank all the businesses who supported the prize draw and also the chocolate tombola. This was a new addition this year and proved to be very popular. The fayre this year was raising money for the new Sports and Community Centre being built in Wellesbourne.

The best thing about the day was villagers turning out to support a village event. The atmosphere on the street and the constant crowds thronging it during the afternoon were great.

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