Shipton’s traditional fair 2019

In all probability there are times leading up to an event when all organisers a) question their sanity, b) vow never to repeat the experience, c) turn their house into a storage unit and d) forget what sleep is.

Then we have a couple of days like we had over the Bank Holiday and it all becomes worthwhile. From my point of view, it was a pleasure to be once again reminded of the tremendous community spirit we have in our small village, not only with the turn out and support on the day, but also with the generous donations over the past months.

The Shipton Volunteers were tireless under the able direction of Carole Arnold and Rob Dyer. Many were present from 10am – 4pm on the day prior, setting up all the gazebos. They were back again in the morning at 8.30am and worked through to the start of the Fair, returning at 4pm to help with the dismantling.

An event of this size would be impossible without the fantastic support and enthusiasm of those willing to run the games and stalls for us and those who kindly lent us their gazebos.

Unfortunately there is not enough space to thank everyone individually; however I feel special mention must be made to Chris Fitzpatrick who constructed all the fiendish games on display, Graham and his friend from the Cricket Club who stepped in at the 11th hour to sit on the gates all day, the WI under the sure guidance of Kay Shortland excelled themselves as usual and made all the fantastic tablecloths on the stalls, the Cotswold Canine Athletic Team who worked tirelessly all day in the sun, the 1st Wychwoods Scout Group who helped me develop the balloon art game and then proceeded to cover themselves with paint! Lastly 2120 (Witney) Sqn Air Cadets under Flt Lt Mike Caffrey who helped setup, run the main car park, sold programmes and ran two games.

Lastly the four special people who have been with me on this journey from the very start back in October – Ray Derkacz, Tim Yates, Carole Arnold and Kay Shortland.

Great teamwork, a boiling day and a wonderfull event!

Tim Brunsden

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October-November 2019