The sun shone on Saturday and hundreds of people from Mayfield and Ashbourne made their way to the MRA playing fields for the village summer fair.

With over 30 stalls and games, dog show, shire horses and mantrailing demo – there was plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Dog show winners
Some of the winners of the dog show – Prettiest Bitch & Best in Show (Lola) and Best Puppy (Luna)

Alder Carr Farm of Church Mayfield provided a brilliant barbeque with their own sausages and burgers. “Fantastic day at the Mayfield fair! Thanks to everyone who came, what a wonderful community event raising money for the local playground. We’ve had a good laugh, a few beers, and hope everyone enjoyed the sausages!

Barbeque by Alder Carr Farm, Mayfield
Alder Carr Farm provided the barbeque with delicious sausages and lamb burgers

The tombola was very popular and raised over £200.

Tombola at village fete
MARNA’s Tombola and plant stall before the start

But the biggest fund raiser by far was the raffle. Ruby Stanley of Mayfield Snuggery won the top prize of £100, and straight away donated it back to the playground fund! Thank you Ruby and all the people and companies who donated prizes including Alton Towers, Wild Park paintballing, Duncombe Arms, Royal Oak, Nigel’s Butchers, Denstone Farm Shop, Peak Wildlife and Gullivers Kingdom.

In another event Longcliffe Calcium Carbonates donated a gallon of whisky (yes, a gallon) for the prize. A game of giant hoopla round the whisky decided the winner.

Caleb Allen won the Gallon of Whisky donated by Longcliffe Calcium Carbonates. David Turner presented him with his prize.

Other games included the popular welly wanging – won by Big Jim Gregory who managed to throw the welly a massive distance clear over the hedge, and the crossball challenge.

Crossball challenge
Setting up the crossball challenge game

The Mayfield Arms moved their bar from the Memorial Hall to the pavilion for the day. Volunteers Simon Sowter and Mandy Sowter were kept busy all afternoon as people almost drank the bar dry. The Memorial Hall committee donated ALL the profits to the playground fund. Thank you!

Thank you as well to all the volunteers, stall holders, prize & produce donors, everyone who came and those who couldn’t make it but bought raffle tickets or made a donation. It was a great event and something for the entire community to enjoy.

Some comments left for us on Facebook summed up the mood:

We really enjoyed it. Thankful to everyone who made it happen.”

We’ve enjoyed every minute of it thankyou!

We had a great time

Absolutely brilliant day for all well done. A trite disappointed pat Smith’s photo’s weren’t on show was so looking forward to them

Had a great time seeing people I ain’t seen for ages good sausage cob too

What a fantastic event! Thank you for organising it. It was lovely to be out in the sunshine with such a great sense of community

Kerry Turner, chair of the summer fair committee, commented “It was great seeing the village enjoying a public event after so long and we are all so thrilled with the support we had on the day. Every contribution makes such a difference to this project, thank you everyone.

Shire horses at the mayfield fair
Boothay shire horses at the fair


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