Almac Bisley Brass Band offering free tuition to potential new members

I’m always happy to help promote good things. This is one such.

The Almac Bisley Brass Band is keen to add new members to the band. They’re offering free tuition for four weeks, and can supply instruments.

Here’s a photo of the band and instruments at this year’s Bisley Strawberry Fayre [click to expand].

Successful Bisley Strawberry Fayre

Arriving at the Bisley Strawberry Fayre on Sunday 25th June we found a space in the Shaftesbury Road car park adjacent to the A322. Our resulting happy state continued during the afternoon of the Fayre. It seemed to us that the event was bigger this year, and attracted more visitors – just what they need to help fund improvements to the Bisley Village Hall.

My signal failure, again this year, to win anything on the Human Fruit Machine. Never mind, it’s simple fun. Refreshment came from the hog roast with stuffing and apple sauce, plus a pint of Hog’s Back TEA. I read in the programme that the Barrett/Porter family, who provided the hog roast, are moving away from the area. We’re among those who the programme notes ‘are sorry to see them go’.

Three Strawberry Fayre stalwarts, the Almac Bisley Brass Band, Leanne Edwards School of Theatre Arts, and the Chobham St Lawrence Morris provided the entertainment. Each of their performances was much enjoyed by the visitors.

Oh, and we got to chat to our MP – the Rt Hon Michael Gove. As we left I chucked some money into the bucket of the Silver Human Statue, and Jany received the thanks from her. Here’s my photo montage of the Fayre.

June events: Bisley Strawberry Fayre on Sunday 25th June 2017

Simple fellow that I am, I enjoy the human fruit machine at the Bisley Strawberry Fayre. Also, I know we’ll meet many people we know, which means a good old chinwag.

On Sunday 25 Jun 2017 it’s Bisley Strawberry Fayre, a traditional country fayre on Bisley Village Green. The regular attractions are the Almac Bisley Brass Band, and Chobham St Lawrence Morris, though more importantly are the strawberries and cream, plus the PIMMS tent, and not forgetting the hog roast for more substantial fare.

Entrance by lucky programme, adults £1, children free, from 13.30 pm to 17.0 pm at Bisley Village Green adjacent to the A322 [GU24 9EG] 

The sun comes out for Bisley’s Strawberry Fayre

The same successful elements made this afternoon’s Bisley Strawberry Fayre as enjoyable as in previous years. While the early rain at the start of the Fayre kept numbers down a touch, there were more stalls than in previous years.

Soldiers from Alexander Barracks at Pirbright were collecting for the ABF charity, while also helping with the organising of the Fayre. They’ll also be at the Royal Logistic Corps Open Day at Deepcut on July 5th. We’re looking forward to bumping into these soldiers again. Top men all.

Meanwhile there were star performances by the Chobham St Lawrence Morris Men, who have some new members from the last time I saw them, with a larger group of musical accompanists, and some extra Morris dancers.  The other star turn was from the young dancers of the Leanne Edwards School, exhibiting the fitness, flexibility and fun you expect from the young. Gosh, there was much more to enjoy with skittles, coconut shy, human fruit machine, tombola, raffle, Almac Bisley Brass Band, tractor ride …. and so on.

Staying to the end of the Fayre meant seeing presentations to Rev Richard Abbott as Bisley Citizen of the Year, Chloe Boyd as Young Citizen of the Year, and The Hen & Chickens pub as Bisley Business of the Year.