Saturday, 22 June 2013

#CountryKids at the Village Fayre

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
Today we have spent the afternoon at Ings Village Fayre. This is the neighbouring village to their school and the children from both villages attend together. Therefore events at either village are well attended by people from both. The day wasn't looking too promising when we arrived as it had rained all morning:

I was there in my capacity as an Usborne book seller as well as a parent. My children are quite adept at setting up with me then going off to spend their allocated spending money! The great thing about a local Fayre with people we know is that they and I feel safe for them to wander around without me.

It was a nice traditional fete with homemade cakes, card tombola and other tempting games and stalls. My daughter soon went off and my son headed for the coconut shy opposite us. This was being run by the landlord of the local pub the Watermill Inn and my son spent the next hour assisting by collecting the balls that had been thrown.

His sister had to keep coming back more frequently for more of her spending money as she seemed determined to try all the games! It was a lovely family atmosphere with people from all generations finding something to enjoy. Everyone made most of the lack of rain and we just had to occasionally hold the marquees down in the wind! Eventually my son went off with a friend and his sister took over on the coconuts:

By the end of the afternoon our combined winnings included:
  • A coconut
  • A packet of crisps
  • Water bombs
  • Mini plane
  • Flying saucer toys
  • Chocolates
  • Hariboes
  • Chocolates various
  • Wine bottle stoppers
  • 2 cuddly toys
  • Bottle wine (hic!)
  • A pineapple
Such are the joys of village fetes! I missed out on seeing the duck race but my son got to watch. The water luckily wasn't flowing too fast like last year when they had to cancel this part of the afternoon. Just outside the main part of the fair was a street organ but I only caught it right as it was shut down:

In the church my children were fascinated by the traditional lace making crafts on display:

The altar window was also pretty eye catching:

The parish hall which hosted the fete was the village school from the 17th century and rebuilt in 1859 but closed in 1972:

The old school warning sign still exists and is so much nicer than modern ones:

So glad that the community still rallies round for events like this even though most people with school age children can't afford to live there! My children certainly enjoy the village atmosphere so I just need to win the lottery to move in properly... Roll on next year and we will be there again soaking up the village atmosphere.

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