This Day In 1989 - Village Gets In The Party Mood


12th July 2011

Maiden Newton is definitely going to be the place to be this weekend when the Fancy Fayre once again takes place.

The Fayre, regular event in the 19th Century was re-established in 1986 and is now coming to be known as a popular West Dorset Event taking place every July.

The Fayre is a community event in which the majority of the village organisations participate, bringing together their own ideas to form a weekend of interest for the whole family.

Starting on Friday evening with a car treasure hunt, the village provides 48 hours of attractions and interest for all. Visitors will find detailed programs of the whole weekend available from shops in the village, and there is a committee stall over the weekend where any questions will be answered.

Maiden Newton takes on an attractive floral appearance as the Fayre approaches as the residents have spent considerable time preparing bedding plants to enliven the scene.

Saturday and Sunday start officially at 9.50 with the ringing of the bells of St Mary’s Church and there will be plenty to occupy the day.

Street stalls selling a wide variety of goods exhibitions in St Mary’s Church and the Old School House, a display of static engines by the West Dorset Steam Traction and Engine Club, games for all ages, children’s tractor rides.

One of the most popular events is the three mile foot race on Saturday morning, which starts at 11.20. Teams of three and individuals participate, many in fancy dress.

As Maiden Newton is well served by British Rail, why not leave the car at home and arrive in the village relaxed and ready to enjoy the day. This will allow you to appreciate the floral display at the station towards which British Rail have made a generous contribution.

Children may be left to enjoy the bouncy castle and the adventure playground while the parents go off and explore the village. For the steadfast, a guided walk of the attractive surrounding countryside will start at the War Memorial on Sunday at 13.30.

A first prize of a £300 holiday voucher redeemable at Dorchester Travel is being offered, so don’t forget to buy some tickets at the Committee Stall.

[From the Dorset Echo 12-07-1989]

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