Sat, 03 Sept 2016
ORGANISERS of the popular Chapel Row Charity Fayre are hailing its 20th anniversary year as its best yet.
TV presenter Chris Tarrant, who lives in nearby Bucklebury, provided the commentary for the sheep racing and Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley sponsored one of the races, as the crowds flocked to The Green.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, James Middleton, also attended the free event with his partner.
Highlights on the day included a fun dog show, ferret racing, farm animals, a beer tent, many craft stalls and a display of classic vintage cars.
The younger guests were also well catered for, with a children’s corner, complete with a Victorian funfair and bouncy castles.
Secretary Lynette Maja, who has been on the organising committee from day one, said: “It was absolutely fantastic, our best ever year.
“Everything was so well organised and just fell into place.
“We haven’t added up the total amount raised yet, and because it’s a free event it is difficult to put a figure on how many came but judging by the fact we sold out of almost everything says it all really.
“The weather held out for us as well, which always helps.”
A silent auction held on the day raised £406 and there was also a raffle with the top prize of a pair of VIP tickets to see Tony Hadley perform at the Royal Albert Hall.
The fair had to be cancelled last year owing to a lack of committee members, but a dedicated team worked hard to ensure this year’s event went ahead.
It was first set up 20 years ago and since then it has raised £160,000 for local charities.
The charities that will benefit this year are Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support, West Berkshire Mencap and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.