Record crowds turn out for Easebourne fair

Easebourne fair
Easebourne fair

A WARM, sunny day ensured record crowds for the annual summer fair held on the lawn of Easebourne’s ancient Priory.

All the usual village fête stalls were there, manned by enthusiastic villagers.

There were excellent prizes for the raffle run by the Evans-Joneses, and a joint of pork donated by Michael Courtney butchers was the substitute prize for a live pig in ‘bowling for the pig’.

One of the highlights every year is the tea tent run by Hilary Craig and her team, who also served up delicious cream teas with homemade scones and strawberry jam.

Music was provided all afternoon by Haslemere Town Band.

The bottle tombola, manned by Patty and David Christie, was a great success, as was the children’s tombola run by Alison Davis.

Master of ceremonies Derek Welsman, vicar of St Mary’s Church in Easebourne, rustled up contestants young and old for the running races, with small prizes for the participating youngsters.

Elsie Pack drove a hard bargain at the gift stall, and Maureen Day co-ordinated games and activities for the Scouts and Guides.

Brenda Histed was the chief make-up artist on the face-painting table and inside the church was a marvellous display of craftwork and paintings by the talented residents of Easebourne.

Overall organiser Roger Sked announced a profit of nearly £2,000 had been raised for church funds, and he thanked volunteers for helping clear up, and for all their hard work throughout the course of the day.