What better way is there to celebrate the summer (although we haven’t really seen that much of the sun so far this year) than to have a Midsummer Fayre, writes Jon Seymour.
That’s exactly what the committee in charge of Wimbotsham Reacreation Ground thought at least.
It all took place on Saturday and all monies raised go towards the upkeep and improvement of the site. This year they were hoping to raise some money to improve the pavilion. This was only the second time that the event was held, but it was very well organised.
There was quite a lot to do as well. Various stalls were laid out selling their wares, and as it was a family orientated affair, there was a lot of entertainment for the children. There was an interactive story time, croquet, giant bubbles and several musical acts played throughout the day.
Musically, all of the acts fitted in very well, and all offered to play for free. Adrian Pope was first up, and set the bar very high. Sometimes just one person with a guitar can produce a really big sound, and this was one such occasion. His stage presence was as big as his voice, and the crowd lapped it up
Lost Highway were up next, a duo consisting of acoustic guitar and bass, along with some vocal harmonies. They performed a covers set which was varied and well received.
Third to take the stage were “The band with no name” a group of local youngsters who haven’t been together long enough to think of a name yet. The trio played a short covers set, and they were obviously nervous to start with, but the nerves faded quickly. They have the makings of a very good band, and will only get better with practise. Keep an eye out. Maybe candidates for next year’s Battle Of The Bands….
The audience were then treated to a recital by the Wimbotsham School Choir with a few summer related songs mainly centred around planting and growing crops. It’s always a treat to see young children enjoying themselves on stage, and of course that spilled out into the crowd.
The penultimate act were Howard and Min, who played a chilled out set of covers. Again it fitted in with the summer theme, and at times it got a bit “Woodstockish” as it was very laid back. It was enjoyable though, and pleasant to listen to.
Last on the bill were TickinBoxes, who also provided the sound set and equipment for the event. They played a mixed set of covers and original material, and were exceptionally good. Their own songs were thought provoking, and each had a particular meaning, which was explained before the song was performed. These guys are very good, and I’ll look forward to seeing them again.
It’s great to see a community coming together and putting on events like this, especially when they’re such a resounding success. Thankfully the weather held off all afternoon, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Hopefully this event will grow, because it’s something for the whole family to enjoy, and there was a lot going on. Hope to see you in 2016!