WILLING volunteers have stepped forward to help save a cherished village fayre. St Margaret's Summer Fayre, Draycott was under threat after a 'perfect storm' of problems last year put this year's event in jeopardy. An appeal for volunteers resulted in a handful of new helpers, although organisers are hoping more people will step up.
The annual fayre at Draycott-in-the-Moors has attracted hordes of visitors as it has grown since the first event in 1990.
But last year, a lack of helpers, arid weather and a clash of dates with Cheadle Carnival meant the event made £5,000 less than previous years.
John Clarke is the driving force behind St Margaret’s Summer Fayre and joined the organising committee in appealing for people to set up the event, run attractions on the day and help dismantle equipment and clear the field afterwards.
He said: “We got some people who want to join in and we’ve got people to help in the preparation of the field.
“I get everything booked up early, a lot of the entertainments and attractions are booked 12 months in advance.
“What really pulls us apart is the actual preparation of the field and running some of the attractions.
“We think we’ve got enough people who have offered to help, we’re happy with the situation now, but anything can happen, so it’s always good to have more people – an extra pair of hands is always welcome.”
St Margaret’s Summer Fayre attracts crowds from across the area and raises thousands each year towards the parish share for St Margaret’s Church in the village.
John added: “Somebody told me I had to make sure the fayre keeps going because it’s wonderful.
“When somebody says something like that – and this was someone who doesn’t even live in the parish – and they appreciate what happens at the fayre, it’s quite touching.
“People appreciate the fund-raising aspect, but it also touches on the community. It’s vital that the fayre keeps going as so many of the little fayres have ceased to exist, we don’t want these traditions to disappear.
“We’re always looking for fresh ideas and extra help.
“It’s a lot of hard work, but when you’re walking round the field and its all come together and people are enjoying themselves, it’s a lovely feeling.”
The organisers of the fayre will meet at St Margaret’s Church Hall on Monday, March 4 at 7.30pm and anyone who would like to offer their help can attend, or for more information telephone John on 01782 396190.
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