Community rallies together to put on great village fair

MUSIC MAKERS: The Waldingfield Wandering Minstrels entertain the crowds.
MUSIC MAKERS: The Waldingfield Wandering Minstrels entertain the crowds.

After the success of last year’s celebration to mark the Queen’s Jubilee in Great Waldingfield, organisers were asked to put on another community fair this year.

The culmination of many months of hard work, involving all of the village’s groups and organisations, came together on Saturday and resulted in another great celebration on the playing fields.

Alongside traditional stalls and events such as an egg and spoon race and a tug-of-war, villagers were treated to displays from the Waldingfield Wandering Minstrels, the Monks Eleigh Bygones Collectors Club and children’s entertainers.

There was a dog show judged by the Halstead Dog Club, a Great Waldingfield’s Got Talent show and there was even a choir – the Waldingfield Community Choir – specially formed to sing at the occasion.

Organiser Andrew Barlow said: “It was a very good day and everyone seemed to have a good time.

“With everyone involved, it was more like a county show rather than a village fair. “All the different groups in the village, from the WI, the horticultural group and the bowls club, the Scouts and Guides, they all took part. It was all free.”

Mr Barlow said five local bands played from 5pm to midnight to round off a successful day.

He added: “It’s not an annual event – it all started last year when we had the jubilee fair and we were asked to run it again – but we are having a think about possibly making it an annual or biennial event in the future.”