The 2017 Fair on 4 June was blessed with pretty near perfect weather. Plenty of sun and a slight breeze with occasional clouds – a change from 2015 and 2016 which were if anything too hot. The rain stayed off and allowed all 1,023 visitors to enjoy everything the Fair had to offer. All the usual participants were there and we had – for the first time – a Saxon and Viking re-enactment courtesy of Wuffa. Anyone who thought they would simply be going through the motions would have been very impressed by the effort they all put in, in heavy clothing and weapons (see photos at bottom courtesy of the Wuffa website). There was also a whole host of other nature-related exhibitors down on the Marsh who were happy to see increased footfall over previous years.
On the top field the Band played on. We missed your performance last year and how good it was to spend the afternoon listening to all the old favourites. Parking was handled skilfully by 1st Loddon Scouts and the dog show arena was busy from start to finish (see photo, right). Everyone seemed to enjoy the day and the organising team will be doing the sums to work out exactly how much money has been raised for our selected charities (The Big C, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, St Andrew’s Church Claxton and Claxton Village Hall). The exact figures will be published on this website just as soon as all the accounts are settled.
So well done everyone, volunteers, exhibitors and visitors alike. One visitor was overheard saying how surprising it was that a little village like Claxton could stage such a large event. It takes months of effort by a committed group of volunteers and that sort of comment is really appreciated. Thank you.