Enjoy the fun of Wokingham May Fayre on MondayBy Laura Herbert
May 04, 2012
The streets of Wokingham will come alive on Monday as hordes of people descend on the town centre for this year’s Wokingham May Fayre.
Record temperatures may not be forecast for the 18th annual May Fayre but spirits have not been dampened as organisers Wokingham Lions Club are putting the finishing touches to Monday’s charity fundraiser.
“Preparations have been excellent,” says Candy Kirkland, president of Wokingham Lions Club. “We have had a positive response from stall holders with more than 100 stalls and we have got a really good variety this year.”
Each year the fayre attracts thousands of people who enjoy spending the Bank Holiday listening to performances and browsing games, food and gift stalls, all in the name of charity.
“Our biggest hope is that is it is a nice sunny day and the people of Wokingham can come out and enjoy the town and the community,” says Candy.
“Our primary aim was to put on a fair to bring people to the town so they can enjoy a cheap, family day out.”
The fayre has grown year on year and when it first launched was held in Market Square, along Denmark Street and a small part of Elms Field.
Today it fills most of Elms Field while the town centre is bursting with fun and games.
Visitors can enjoy a host of activities from 10am to 5pm from performances on an open-air stage in Denmark Street, to Maypole dancing in Elms Field.
Among those performing will be Razzamataz Theatre School, street dancers Vanquish and Glee Club UK.
This year’s event will feature the traditional magic and Punch and Judy shows in Erftstadt Court, as well as the latest addition of a Pimms tent, which is sure to go down well on a sunny afternoon.
Candy says: “We have had years where there has been a downpour until the afternoon, but as soon as it stopped raining they came out in their thousands. It was also a really good turnout of people, they seem to enjoy it whatever the weather and that really helps.”
Candy adds: “We do seem to be getting more people attending and the money charities are getting from it is great, especially in these financial times.”
Wokingham Lions support charities in the area and has this year decided to make Crossroads Care Wokingham and Alexander Devine Children’s Cancer Trust featured charities for the event.
"We work closely with charities in the area and Crossroads had a lot of funding chopped, as many charities have, and we feel it is such an important area to help carers in the community who get no respite at all and Crossroads can help them,” Candy explains.
“We have also been involved with Alexander Devine for a number of years and they have now got some land to build on and we are trying to raise some extra funds for them.”
Organisers estimate featured charities will received around £3,500 from proceeds of the fayre with the remaining money being split between other charities that apply to the Lions for funding.
For more details about the fayre visit www.wokinghamlions.org.uk