The Parochial Church Council of St Mary’s Church set up a committee to arrange BADBY FAYRE every even year since the early 1980s. The purpose is both to raise funds for the maintenance of the church building and to provide an opportunity for the village community to get together for an enjoyable event.
In early 1998, Stuart Hodgkins, the second organiser, started the event in motion then left the village. To entice Geoff Pullin to carry on his work, the PCC agreed that the profits that year would go to the scheme to recast the cracked fourth church bell. The bell was sorted out in 2000, but he kept at it until 2014, with magnificent help from many stalwarts and by seeking out newcomers to the village to get them to help. However with ten Fayres done and dusted, Geoff wants to pass the baton on. Frances Williams and Marian Gulliver have taken it up for 2016. Jim McBeth galllantly offered for 2018 and is also looking to co-ordinate 2020.
For newcomers and a reminder to others when booking their holidays, the event is always held on the afternoon of the first Sunday in September of even years – and coincides with the annual flower and vegetable show staged by the Horticultural Society. The Church, Chapel and The Green (which is closed to traffic) are used for exhibitions, craft stalls, brass band, Morris dancers and games. Fennell’s Field is filled with a large collection of vintage tractors and agricultural machinery by David Fennell and Don Baseley and their many enthusiastic friends. Car parking is provided at Challis’ yard, the School and the Sports Field.
In 2014, we had good weather and raised £3,675 for church restoration and in Fennell’s Field £218 was raised for the air ambulance.
Many thanks to the very many people who help to store equipment, set up, prepare and run stalls and draw, donate goods and prizes, produce and materials, advertised the day, clear away and hopefuilly they will keep at it in 2016. Also thanks to all those who came along to spend their money!
The church restoration fund contributes to the continuous maintenance and repair needed for a building dating back to the 14th century and the current scheme to improve the rear section of the church and the heating over the next couple of years.
If you have any bright new ideas for the next Fayre, what about volunteering to put them and other ideas into action. Tell Jim McBeth 07717 414664 who will be pleased to hear from you or email firstname.lastname@example.org