Saturday 6th July, the morning started off raining overcast and dank, not a promising start to the day for the annual Crosspool Summer Fayre.
After a last-minute rush erecting the marquees, gazebos and inflating the bouncy castle/slide; the Fayre was officially open by the Rev. Suzanna Nockles. Happily the clouds had moved away to allow the warm sun to shine, on what turned out to be a wonderful afternoon for the many visitors to enjoy an upbeat performance by the ever-popular Scoil Rince Nua Irish Dancers – a rousing dance routine by the LMW Dance troop – Henry the cheeky monkey up to his usual tricks with the children’s favourite entertainer Barney Baloney – the big band sound of Glenn Miller by the Ambassador Swing Band performing to a full audience, enjoying a cream tea provided by the Crosspool WI.
The local Holly Hagg Alpacas and Llama were a big favourite with the children as was the face painting, Henna Tattooed art and the traditional side stalls/attractions – wet sponge. splat the rat, archery, coconut shy, books, bric-a-brac, hot dogs, burgers, ice creams to mention but a few.
Dave Bolsover’s amazing family guitar stall gave budding musicians the chance to have a go at strumming, possibly to stardom.
Later in the afternoon the 2019 Crosspool Festival scarecrow competition winners and raffle winners were presented with their prizes. All the children received a gift for a happy smile.
The Crosspool Forum organisers would like to thank all this year’s sponsors, the team of local people that turned up in the rain to help set up the event and everyone for attending and making this year’s Crosspool Summer Fayre a special day for everyone. Thank you.
We would like to get the following items back to their owners:- “SMALL TOOL BATTERY & CHARGER, left at this year’s Crosspool Festival Sunday Market with the baked potato van for charging, but never collected. “DOOR KEY”, found at the Crosspool Summer Fayre, CDYST Playing field Saturday 6th July 2019 “INLINER ROLLERBLADES” Size 32-35…20-22, handed in after the 2018 Summer Fayre, and still remain unclaimed. “UMBRELLA” A few weeks ago, a Good Samaritan stopped to help a local lady who had fallen down in the precinct. Staying to give assistance until the ambulance arrived; unfortunately this Good Samaritan left their umbrella by the kerbside. Now fully recovered from her ordeal, the lady would like us to pass on her sincere thanks to this kind person. The umbrella has been left at Bamforth’s Fruit Shop.
After long deliberation judging the many entries to this year’s Photo, Art and Cake competitions, the winners were finally announced and awarded with their certificates and cash prizes at the close of the exhibition in St Columba’s Church at 4.30pm, Wednesday the 3rd July.
This year’s Crosspool festival well- dressing on the theme of “TIME”, was produced over a period of a week by the Petalers seen stood to the left of the display, but has been in the planning since the beginning of the year.
Using only natural materials, it has taken a total of 400 working hours to produce this year’s traditional well-dressing.
Some of the materials used were:- Clay, Hydrangea, various leaves, Chrysanthemum, Magnolia seed pods, Parsley, Fern, Bamboo, Burberis, Ornamental grass, Magnolias, Feverfew, Pine cones, Peppercorns, string, grit and many many more. Can you spot any more?