Little Common Summer Fayre brings out the sun and the crowds
After a week of miserable weather, Little Common & Cooden Business Association was keeping its fingers crossed for its annual Summer Fayre planned for Saturday 12th July. Members of the Association were delighted that the sun came out and that crowds flocked to The Wheatsheaf to support the event. Thanks to Andy and Helen Franks for hosting the event on their premises. Almost 800 people attended the festivities and once again funds of almost £2500 were raised on the day which more than covers the costs of the floral displays around the village. Kathy Harmer, Chair of the Association, opened the Fayre and commented on the uniqueness of Little Common as a village which has a real community feel. She thanked all those people who shopped locally and supported the businesses in the village throughout the year.
As promised, the fayre was even bigger and better this year. Charlie the Clown was great at stirring up interest around the village and keeping visitors young and old amused during the afternoon. Locals were drawn to the fayre by the sound of live music which involved several local bands showcasing their talents and providing entertainment all day. Even the Classic Cycle group dropped in to enjoy the festivities. There were a wide range of craft stalls selling everything from colourful floral displays and plants to jewellery and home-made goods as well as everything in between.
Local traders and community groups worked together to man the stalls and many businesses had shown their generosity to donate not only goods for the raffle, tombolas and other stalls but also gave freely of their time to organise the event and set up equipment for the day. Redwell Estates donated the main prize of an Apple iPad for the Grand Summer Draw, won by Mick Cooke. Betts and Loyd, local butchers, were kept very busy on the BBQ providing burgers and hot dogs for lots of customers. For those wanting a traditional afternoon tea, MacMillan served a wonderful and welcoming array of goodies indoors. A popular attraction this year was the coconut shy – thanks to Boss Scaffolding for providing the frame for this.
A huge thank you to everyone for their support.