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.
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]
After scouring a variety of sources on June 1st I listed local events occurring June. I thought a recap of what’s on between now and the end of the month might be useful, plus I’ve found another event, this one a walk around the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Click on the links to view the event details,
Here’s a list of local fêtes and shows in June.
NOTE: Correction of error in day of RMAS Open Day. It’s on Sunday not as I wrote on Saturday
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.
On the afternoon of Sunday 28th June it’s Bisley’s Strawberry Fayre, at Bisley Village Green, Bisley, Surrey GU24 9EGA, from 13:30 until 17:00pm.
It’ll have all the events and activities that make the Fayre good fun. The Almac Bisley Brass Band will be entertaining, as will the Chobham Morris Men, and the Leanne Edwards – School of Theatre Arts. There’ll be a variety of refreshments, including a hog roast, strawberries and cream, and a Pimms tent.
Hope I haven’t hexed the weather by posting these photos of last year’s Fayre. We’re hoping to attend, and I’m hoping to enjoy the fun of a human fruit machine. Simple pleasures make me smile.
Unlike yesterday, when the we had some severe showers, today we had sun and clouds for the Bisley Strawberry Fayre that we attended.
Many of the familiar stalls were at the Fayre – strawberries and cream in the refreshment tent, the hugely amusing Human Fruit Machine, Bisley Residents Association stall, tractor rides courtesy of Tim Price’s tractor and trailer, and the Bisley Common Games. New this year was Ferret Rescue Surrey’s ferret racing stand. I enjoyed holding Lennie a six year old male albino ferret.
The Almac Bisley Brass Band, and the Chobham St. Lawrence Morris Men kept visitors entertained, while the Bisley Village Hog Roast kept them fed, and the Pimm’s Tent kept them watered.
I was delighted to meet John Smith of the West End History Project – West End’s Citizen of the Year 2014, but sad to hear that his colleague Mick Glazier is unwell. So much of the Fayre was photogenic, I’ve attached more photo’s than I would normally.
Oops, almost forgot to mention the 2014 Bisley Village Awards, which were: Bisley Vets Ltd – the Bisley business of the Year, Norman Holden, chair of the Bisley Residents Association – the Bisley Citizen of the Year; and Jozy Sorby from Bisley C of E School – Young Citizen of the Year.