The Rotherfield Summer Fayre takes place on Saturday 20th July this year, in the garden behind the Kings Arms Inn.
The Fare's lead organiser is Andy Lakin-Hall, Assistant Charity Manager at Rotherfield St Martin, which partners with The Kings Arms to produce a traditional style village Faye for the whole community to join in. As many village organisations, groups and businesses as possible are invited to have a stall at the Fayre, to promote and celebrate the rich community that Rotherfield has to offer.
The Fayre opens at 12pm and the first major event will be the Fun Dog Show at 12:30pm. There are four fun categories, which anyone with a dog may enter: Obstacle Races, The Waggiest Tail, Owner Lookalike/Dressing Up and Potato Races. Just turn up before 12:30pm to register for an event. Entry in each category costs just £1, and there are some prizes on offer in each category, so do come along and join in.
We have Maypole Dancing from Mark Cross School at 1:40, followed by some singing from Rotherfield School. Then at 2pm we have the return of our Spacehopper Races. We have six spacehoppers this year, and there will be races for Children aged Eight and under, Children aged Nine to Fifteen, and then Grown-Ups, with medals for the winners and prizes for the children. Anyone who should like to sign up for the Spacehopper Races can register for free at the Information desk any time before 2pm. Last year's races were loads of fun, so do come along and join in, or just cheer the competitors from the sides of the arena.
The Water Rocket Challenge blasts off in the Lower Wallis end of the Millennium Green from 2:45pm. Anyone may enter their own rocket in this challenge for just £2 entry and there are prizes for Longest Total Distance, Most Beautifully Decorated Rocket and Individual Technical Achievement. There is also the School's Trophy, presented to the furthest flying rocket entered on behalf of a school. This event is not just for children, and adults can enter rockets too either individually, or on behalf of a local group or business. Building a rocket for this event is very easy. You can pick up a guide from the RSM Centre or look on our website www.rotherfayre.org.uk
A new item this year is our Tug-of-War event. Roger Watson has gathered together a hand-picked team to represent Rotherfield challenging all-comers in a battle of strength for the Tug-of-War title. Roger is confident of maintaining the Rotherfield team's 100% record - we have been told they’re undefeated, so we need rival teams of six to step up and prove him wrong on the day. Any teams wishing to pick up the gauntlet should register at the information desk before 3:40pm. We are also hoping to have a children's event, so anyone 15 years or younger who would like to enter can enquire at the information desk before 3:40pm.
Tickets for our Grand Raffle are on sale now through all the usual channels, and this year’s top prize is a fabulous Kindle eReader. Proceeds of the raffle go to Rotherfield St Martin, supporting elderly and vulnerable people in the community.
With a Hog Roast and Bar along with Teas, Coffees and Cakes on sale all day we hope the event will be loads of fun, so do come along and join us on Saturday 20th July to celebrate the best of Rotherfield. More information can be found on our website www.rotherfayre.org.uk.