Fernhurst prepares for Revels

Last year's mini Revels
Last year's mini Revels

ONE OF the biggest dates on the Fernhurst calendar is fast approaching and organisers are praying for good weather.

Last year the annual Fernhurst Revels event had to be cancelled at short notice because of torrential rain throughout the month.

It was just one of many events which caused a nightmare for organisers and which suffered in one of the wettest years on record.

Chairman of the Fernhurst Revels Judith Turner said: “The Fernhurst Revels’ committee is hoping for a continuation of good weather until Sunday, May 19, when the village’s annual fete takes place on the recreation ground.

“Last year endless rain forced the event to be cancelled, and a mini-version joined with the Jubilee Celebrations the next month, but we are sincerely hoping that for 2013, all is back on course.”

The new May Queen is preparing for her coronation by the new vicar, The Rev Nicholas Haigh, who will be experiencing his first Fernhurst Revels.

The May Queen will process from Nappers Wood at 12.30pm, accompanied by her entourage of attendants, heralds, flower scatterers and all the entrants of all ages in the Heroes and Heroines-themed fancy dress competition, which will be judged after the killing of the dragon by St George and the maypole dancing.

“Then the fun can begin with a crowd of stalls with competitions, quizzes, tombolas, silent auction, plants, face-painting, cards, healing on the street, wet-sponge throwing, wood walking sticks, jewellery, personal colouring, table tennis against a robot, bouncy castle, archery, skittles and a fun dog show for all types of dog,” said Judith.

“There is also a beer tent, a hog roast, sandwiches, the Scouts’ barbecue, a picnic area, cake stall and tea tent to satisfy the inner man, woman and child. A collection of classic, vintage and veteran cars will be on display with a competition to choose the one you would like to go home in.”

Music comes from the much-appreciated Clare Phoenix Band and the highlight in the arena will be the audience-interactive birds of prey flying displays.

“Entry is free, so come along and enjoy the afternoon while raising funds for many different village clubs, societies and facilities.”