Marston Magna Midsummer Fair

Marston Magna Midsummer Fair – 2019

Next year’s fair will be held on  Saturday 15 June 2019  so put the date in your diary now

Marston Magna Midsummer Fair – 2018

We had a very successful event on Saturday 9th June, helped by good weather over the day and evening. Around 500 visitors of all ages attended, not to mention 50 or so dogs!

The wide range of attractions, many of them for the first time, helped to swell the crowds and keep the youngsters amused and occupied. Pony rides and a visit from a local fire engine were among the highlights.

We are enormously grateful to everyone who helped with the planning and organisation of the event, and of course all those who turned up on the day.

The Fair was also a financial success. While some figures are yet to be finalised, the provisional overall results were –

Total takings on the day, including Duck Race and Raffle £3,492

Cash sponsorship and donations £ 756
Total income £4,248
Total expenses £ 958

Surplus for distribution to local causes £3,290

Main individual gross takings included –
Entry Gate (adults only) £ 323
Raffles £1,003
Dog Show & Temptation Alley £318
Plants £263
Bazaar £130
Cakes£ 260
Teas £78
Pimms & Prosecco £517
Games £82
Tombola £137
Other stalls etc. £130
Annoy the Treasurer £12
The Duck Race contributed £200 towards the totals. The Duck Race winners were –
1. Sue Fraser
2. Viv Bateman;
3. Warwick Milne
The Fir Villa Basket of Fruit was won by Lyn Monson.

And the main raffle prize-winners were:-
Cynthia Eydmann; Simon Mottram; Jean Timbrell; Simon Bate; Sam Browne; Janet Koerner; Charles Saggs; Crispin Whittell; Craig Parsons; Allison Hardis; Colin McCourt; Emily Turton; Chris White; Ruth David; Sarah Henry; Norman Watkins; John Haigh; Sarah Howell.

Allocation of Funds

A number of bids were received for funding from the proceeds of the Midsummer Fair and an allocation committee (comprising people independent of any of the organisations/activities seeking funding) has assessed each of them.

The funds to be allocated this year are as follows:

* Playground equipment – £500 towards the cost of renewing or extending playground equipment. Support and maintenance to be further discussed with the Parish Council.

* The “mowing gang” – £500 toward the costs incurred this year in keeping the grass cut in the Moat Field and to cover the continuing costs next year.

* First Aid Course – £300 provided that enough people sign up to make it worthwhile (and make a small contribution to the costs).

* St Mary’s Church – £2,000 towards general running costs.

The date for the Midsummer Fair 2019 has been set for Saturday 15th June.

If you have any ideas for the event that you would like to suggest or if you would like to volunteer to help with the organisation please contact Ann McKee on 01935 850471 or at ann-mckee@outlook.com

The 2017 event contributed to the formation of the Village Action Group, and towards the Community Dinner organised by our Cidermen, as well as support to the local Church and the Village Hall.

Photos from 2018:

Photos from 2017: