Fête Accomplished! The 34th May Day Fair – Monday 7th May 2012

Posted on May 7, 2012

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Alexandra Rogers was crowned the May Queen

Showers couldn’t keep the crowds away from the May Fair on Monday, the 34th organised by Christ Church Southgate. As well as a great day out with activities for all ages, initial figures suggest the fair raised over £6,000 for three chosen charities; The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Brain Tumour Research Campaign and the Christ Church 150th Anniversary Fund. Stalls selling books, plants and jewellery benefitted other good causes, with the Hatters Explorer Scouts Unit running the barbeque. New attractions this year included miniature golf, which proved extremely popular withSouthgate’s budding Colin Montgomeries!

The outgoing Mayor of Enfield Cllr Christiana During crowned Alexandra Rogers as the May Queen and presented garlands to her attendants Amelia Marriott and Imogen Morris. Entertainment ranged from jazz music to a serenade of Olde English Madrigals sung by the choir. Fr Peter Jackson presented prizes to the winners of the children’s art competition and drew the raffle while anxious ticket holders looked on.

We are grateful to everyone who has been involved in making the Fair happen again this year, in particular the Highlands & Southgate Squadron Air Training Corp for providing so many volunteers and Enfield Council for closing the Green, allowing the return of the much loved miniature railway! Special thanks are due to all those who helped to organise the event and run stalls, in particular Frances Wyatt and Nicole Cross.

The book stall was the highest earning non-food stall! We sold over 1,000 books!

I was delighted that the book stall returned the highest sales of any non-food stall! Thanks to John Rose, Angela Parker and the volunteers from The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy and the Brain Tumour Research Campaign for helping me run the stall and of course to everyone who gave such generous donations. Our work categorising and ‘facing up’ our stock paid off. We sold over 1,000 books! I was also grateful to Clem and Lee Falcone of La Vita restaurant on The Green who stepped in to help Henry run the Bacon Roll stall after our MP was unable to attend at the last minute. Their business skills paid dividends; by moving the stall next to the Pimms Tent they doubled sales!

Raising as much for charity as last year is a magnificent achievement given the weather and is a wonderful way to mark our 150th Anniversary year.

Suggestions for the next Fair are always welcome!

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