stockland devon may fair event 2015

Stockland Fair - Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May

A date for your 2019 diary

A traditional village country fair in the Blackdown Hills

Stockland Victory Hall, Stockland, Devon EX14 9EF

The ancient village of Stockland is the setting for this glorious one-day traditional family oriented English fair originally granted by King Henry III to the Manor of Stockland in 1252. Stockland Fair regularly attracts more than 2000 visitors and is an afternoon of family fun featuring traditional games and entertainments, rural crafts and displays, food, stalls and music. Stockland is in the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is approximately six miles equidistant from the towns of Axminster, Chard and Honiton. The Fair is held in the grounds of Stockland Victory Hall, with grass field parking provided close by with the generous help of local landowners.

Stockland Fair Report 2018

There had been ominous predictions of thunder storms over the late May Bank Holiday weekend but despite the warnings the sun shone on Stockland Fair on Monday 28th May and we had a truly fabulous time. People flocked to Stockland for the afternoon and the lovely weather meant that our visitors stayed longer to enjoy all the things that the Fair had to offer.

The afternoon began with our Fancy Dress Parade led around the Fair field by the Big Noise Street Band. There were some fabulous costumes on display with a theme of ‘All Around the World’. There was then something for everyone, our programmed events comprised the fabulous Dan Brazier with his juggling, uni-cycling and magic. He drew big crowds all afternoon, the Falconry display was a great attraction as well and much enjoyed. New this year we had a demonstration from the ‘Eastern Promise’ Belly-dance team who had people flocking to admire their gyrations. Honiton Band were a great draw and added to the fabulous atmosphere throughout the afternoon. We also had our own Ollie Days singing to the people at the bar.

As well as this there were a number of demonstration events programmed in throughout the afternoon with Roland Thompson the Farrier and Ashley Selway shearing his sheep as well as hedge laying and other traditional displays.

Many of our regular stall holders were delighted with the new marquees and stalls that we had at the Fair this year. It made the Fair look much smarter and improved the experience for stall holder and visitor alike. We had a wonderful selection of different stalls and crafts in attendance from Walking Sticks to Doggy bandanas, from Corrymoor socks to hand crafted iPad stands. Truly something for everyone.

If looking around the stalls and watching the attractions left you hungry and thirsty we had the good ladies of SWAG in the Hall with teas, cakes and sandwiches as well as the Bar, ice-creams, drinks, hot dogs and burgers.

There were then the activities to do of course and there were many of them, a wide selection of traditional games and activities which added to the enjoyment of the Fair. We finished the afternoon with the Legendary Stockland Eggathon. This has been hotly competed over the years and the current record stands at an impressive 97’ for a raw egg to be thrown and caught. This year was no different with 8 pairs throwing to stay in the competition at 89’. Of those last competitors the only ones to clear were Paul and Josias Drew and so they became our worthy champions. With that record of 97’ within touching distance the gap between father and son was set at 100' and the crowd were hushed in anticipation. It was oh so very close, the catch was made but the egg (all eggs this year kindly donated by Farleigh Eggs) broke.

So, that wrapped up our Fair. All that needed to be done now was take it all down and tidy up. It was great to see so much help with this at the end of a long day and, having finished, we had a well deserved beer and fish and chips.

As the new Chair I wanted to say thank you to everybody who helped make Stockland Fair what it was. It is extraordinary that such a huge enterprise comes together and that was down to the hard work, endeavour and enthusiasm of a host of people. Whether you were making things, organising things, parking things, selling things, donating things, serving tea, cake, hot dogs, burgers, putting things up, taking them down, tidying the village, handing out flyers, putting up posters etc. etc. etc. on behalf of the Stockland Fair Team I would like to say a massive thank you for being part of it all.

Early indications are that we raised a considerable amount of money for local causes. What happens next is that the Stockland Team have a meeting where we agree how to allocate the funds across village organisations. This year we will also be making a donation to our nominated charity, St. Petrocks, which is an Exeter based organisation working with the homeless.

Next year the Fair is on 27th May, come along or get involved.

David Urquhart

Contacts

Chair: David Urquhart

Secretary: Jill Mills
fair.secretary@stockland.org.uk

Stalls Coordinator: Annie Williams
To book a stall or a pitch at the fair
Tel: 07593 648983
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