The contrast from last year’s heatwave couldn’t have been starker, but despite cold winds and a couple of sharp squalls, there was still plenty of Spring sunshine to attract the crowds.
With another good selection of stalls, selling food and drink, handicrafts and plants, as well as the popular attractions by animal charities, and chances to win coconuts and sweets, there was plenty of interest for the visitors.
In the Arena, the ever popular Punch and Judy show still wowed the kids, and the ferret racing as usual got the crowd excited. The tug of war matched boys against girls, although the winning performance of the girls may just have had something to do with some surreptitious help from a couple of dads! The Etcetera Morris Men added some authentic jingling bells and whacking sticks, and the Anwaar Belly Dancers added some colour – surprising that no hypothermia resulted from the exposure of midriffs! The new attraction of Maypole dancing was highly appropriate for the month, well done to the 4th Epping (St John’s) Brownie Pack who entertained us all. Events concluded with some more four-legged excitement with the ever enthusiastic dog show.
A big thanks to all who attended and spent money with us, benefiting not just the shows and stalls, but also of course the Friends of Swaines Green and our conservation fund. Thanks too to those who helped set up, keep the event running, and clear away again, including hard working
1st Theydon Garnon Scouts and 3rd North Weald Scout Leaders, Army Cadets, and too many individuals to mention. Well done
Russell Kemmish for being an excellent and entertaining compere, and demonstrating a unique fashion style, and
Morag and Jeremy Batchelor and family for running the beer tent all day. And finally thanks to
Ahmet and Michelle at the Thatch Cottage, who allowed us to use their land for the Arena and surrounding stalls.
We hope to see you all again next May!