The weekend before last we all went to the Richmond May Fair. It was the first time for me and I was pleasantly surprised.
Mother and daughter selling their wares with a smile! Oh and a fan…
What appealed to me was the fact that there was a huge eclectic mix of stall holders. The ambiance was jolly even in the blustery winds as you can see with the balloon lady, I half expected her to take off at any moment.
There I found the lovely old fashioned ‘traditional rides’ as you will see below, this always keeps especially the younger children happy…the sweet bubble as I call it was doing a thriving business too!
As well as this however, there was a large variety of different charities present with their stalls, activity and socially leg organizations, private stalls and a large amount of schools had tables too.
This is not to forget the craft tent which much to my dismay I only discovered at the end of our allotted time there when energy levels had plummeted but being a ‘shopper’ I had to make a visit through and out swiftly, keeping my purse tightly tucked in my pocket as I could hear my children wailing for me to come out…
The buzz of activity as you can see was thriving around the school barbeques, the cake stalls and the children all seemed to enjoy doing their part to raise funds.
One of the charities that tugged at my heart amongst all the other well deserving ones was the Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare Organization which relies on donations to look after anything between 80-90 greyhounds at any one time. With this responsibility comes also other than feeding and veterinary bills the general time spent walking them, socializing etc.
The average career duration for a greyhound normally goes no further than 4 years which is fairly young in doggie years. As you can imagine there is a lot of time left for them to lead happy lives elsewhere, but often do not. Having been at the tent I can say that they are simply adorable, very gentle in nature, I had to peel my children and dogs away from them.
I shall be intending to make a visit to them and do a fuller article however in the meantime so you might know, they offer people who do not have dogs the ability once vetted to come down and borrow one for a weekend, the same goes for coming down and dog walking, taking them on holiday and of course they look to re-home them as well.
With the large number they house, it is a good opportunity for people who do not have dogs due to living constraints or otherwise to be able to enjoy a slice of doggie heaven.
If you are interested in making a visit the number to ring is 01932 224918 and they are based in Hersham. Or you can look up further details on their website here.
Until then, some pics of the beautiful hounds
They had a wonderful band playing when I arrived which later turned in to some funky dance music and various little shows. I did of course get distracted by the vintage police car which looks rather like the policeman might be giving himself a ticket!!!
It was very doggy friendly and Teddy as usual had to say ‘hello’ to everyone, I wonder where he gets that habit from?
Then there was a fair amount of commotion at one corner of the Green, being nosy we wandered over only to find a large group of Morris Dancers. Now I think these guys deserve a huge round of applause they were fantastic. I know they get a bit of a rough time in the ‘trendy’ stakes but heck, they were fun to watch and my children were riveted, what child would not want to bang sticks against each other?
Personally I think they should introduce it in to the school syllabus 🙂
It was of course thirsty fun, so we popped in to ‘The Cricketers’ next door for a pint to sup whilst we enjoyed!
Before we discovered the ‘craft tent’ we bustled around saying hello and nosying generally in a few other tents and stalls, below of which you will see some. We passed an enthusiastic human re-cycling advertisement, she was lucky not to be swept off her feet in the wind.
I got a grand smile from the Air Cadets and also the Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts
My son had a huge smile as he won a glass blown ornament in the shape of a dragon. Do you remember those fragile glass animals that one used to collect as a child? Now I am showing my age here.
I finished off as mentioned before in the craft tent, some simply stunning pieces of craftmanship, imported items, local products, I simply could not get around it all, luckily for my piece of plastic stuffed in my pocket.
Local hand made pottery
Beautiful Indian hand woven bed spreads
Jo Beckett ceramics, you can also find some of her wares at Sheen Living
Now I nearly bought some of these, I just like rustic
I would like to say I drove this home but that would be a barefaced lie, yes another vintage car in the car park and I had to take a pic of it.
As always thank you for reading.
You can see some more Fair dates on an earlier post, click here.
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Fair Dates coming up:
Hands Charity Fair ~ Bank Holiday Monday May 26th 2014 ~ 10am – 3pm
Where – Twickenham Green
What – The Fair will be visited by the Major of Richmond who will peruse the 75 charity stalls at 11am. As well as there will be home-made cakes, refreshments, another yummy BBQ a Summer must and amusements for children.
How much – free entry
Event contact details:
For further details see firstname.lastname@example.org
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