Village gears up for Kinver Country Fayre

Dudley News: Gavin Williamson MP, centre, with country fayre organising committee members Phil Brown, left, and Paul Randon, right. Gavin Williamson MP, centre, with country fayre organising committee members Phil Brown, left, and Paul Randon, right.

CO-ordinators of Kinver Country Fayre have appealed for help in organising this year's event which takes place next month.

Established over 30 years ago, the traditional fun day has grown out of all recognition in recent times and attracted well over 11,000 visitors last year.

This year's event will be held on Father's Day on Sunday June 15 and organiser Charles Sadler admitted: "We definitely need more help on the day. The fayre is the highlight of the village calendar and raises a huge amount of money for local charities.

"This year, we already have over 90 trade stalls booked in. As a result, it takes us three days to get everything set up and we need more help.

"Everyone that turns out at the moment is a volunteer, but most of them are over 60 years old and we really could do with some younger blood."

This year's event has the potential to break all records, especially as the headline act will be The Vikings of Middle England - one of the country's leading re-enactment groups who will be doing battle on the day.

The fayre will have an 'Island Race' theme which will be reflected in traditional entertainment from around the British Isles, including Scottish dancing, English folk dancing and Irish music.

There will also be a host of the usual favourites including falconry displays, the Wyre Valley Axemen, dog agility displays, archery, children's entertainment, shire horses, farm animals, steam engines, classic cars and a fun dog show.

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson will be among those attending.

The Conservative politician, who will be having a stall at the fayre, said: "I am very much looking forward to this year’s event. I hope people will drop by my stall, either to talk about any issues they might have or simply to have a chat. I am really going to enjoy visiting the Viking Village and seeing the battle re-enactments."

This year's event is being sponsored by the 'Taste of Staffordshire' which will be showcasing culinary delights from local producers and farm shops.

Mr Sadler added: "We've got food to cater for all tastes. We've got one trade stall holder from Brittany in France coming. He came to Kinver for the first time last year and enjoyed it so much, he's coming back and bringing three of his friends."

Last year's fayre raised in excess of £10,000 which was donated in grants to community good causes.

Anyone who would like to help out can contact Charles Sadler on 07971 078858.

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