7th July 2012
some pictures and comment
from our lovely day on our Village Green
Declared open by the rector of this parish
The Reverend John Parker
whose prayer was answered
for good weather.
The Village Green bench doesn't normally see such actvity.
Zumba at 1pm
Dog Show at 2pm
Children's Races at 3pm
Bowling for the Pig
John and Chris Ford
(the pig was nicely prepared,
ready for the barbecue!)
The winner with the highest points
Our bouncy Pirate Ship
provided by Pete Dutch
Psychic readings with Lynda
Nail painting with Annabel
A recent project in Fordham has been with the planting of a new orchard - and the obvious follow-up attraction of the cider that can be produced. Early days yet but the cider press is ready and waiting and eager to get pressing.
Here pictured are Stephen Foster and Simon, sampling the rocket-fuel, the produce of Rob Malcolm and David Baker.
We heard tell that the rector's wife had to sit down in the quiet after a taste of Rob's 'apple-juice'.
The Plant & Produce Stall
manned by Dave Bodle
(in green shirt, talking to Rod Bleach)
and Barbara Jones.
The North East Essex Badger Group.
Most of you know already that badgers have taken a shine to Fordham. With the activities of the Woodland Trust and the loss of so much farming land, our badgers are everywhere. The group welcomes new members and currently meet every first Tuesday of the month at the Cricketers in Fordham Heath
The Bric a Brac stall
manned by Tizzy.
Mike Lake brought us his
Hole in One game,
although the state of the green
could have been better.
Beyond him AJ and the team from
All Saints Church
had a football goal scoring contest.
Paul from the shop and his golfer mates
thought they would try their hand, as did Pip.
Who won the bottle Mike?
Note the state of the village pond,
newly re-vamped as part of the
Fordham in Bloom
initiative driven by
Barbara Jones and team.
The goal scoring competition
inspired plenty of youngsters
to try and get three balls past the goalie.
The raffle was run by
and Una Lawrence
The book stall was run by
Paddy and Lynn Salter
ran the refreshments
Tara and Jayne from
The Three Horseshoes
provided the beer tent, together with the barbeque.
Seriously underestimating the demand,
beer and burgers were soon sold out.
and Richard Tebbutt
putting the world to rights.
took on the task
of providing portraits.
Here he sketches
The Video Tapes
our band for the day.
Well done lads!
There is a lot of talk about
getting a new village sign.
So Nigel Head-Jenner
set up a board to invite people's
opinions about how one might
look, giving examples of the signs from
The general themes centred around
Trees, river, church, farming, etc.
ZUMBA CAME TO FORDHAM
It seems doubtful that Fordham has ever
seen anything like it before.
brought the less shy members
of her Zumba dancing group
out onto the green to show us all
how it should be done.
Hilarious, in fact.
Well done ladies
(and two gentlemen, we think!)
The video is good too
but we have been threatened
with legal action or bodily harm
or both, were we to publish it.
The categories were:
- Waggiest Tail
- Most Like Their Owner
- Best Dressed
It is such a lovely picture we thought we would put it up first.
This is Nicola Goodall and her little Westie called Tilly
Here's Tipsy, official guard dog at the pub.
She may look a pussy cat but, given the chance,
she'll have yer arm off.
The Great Dane contingent.
Tara and Tipsy - three puppies?
A few contenders for best dressed.
A couple of pirates getting ready
for the best dressed category.
Best look alike?
Pete Dutch and Bessie.
No, but a good runner up.
A fitting winner of the best dressed prize.
This chap came with eye patch and
FUN AND GAMES
CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Hook A Duck
The Three Horseshoes
children brought along
a few games.
As well as this one, they had a
Guess the Name of the Bear
competition. Also a
competition. Also, they were doing
...and perhaps, the best fun of all,
Tara and Jayne
The Three Horseshoes
were superb sports,
placing themselves at the
mercy of the wet sponges.
The throwing team.
Egg and Spoon Race
firmly with his thumb on his egg.
We also had
Three Legged Race
Thanks Janet Tebbutt for organising this
Bet you can't
position works best.
AND THE END OF THE FAIR
Fordham Parish Council
announces the prizes for the raffle
(Sylvie Rayner won the telly).
This young lady collected her
mum's prize for her.
,,,and the bear's name turned out to be
A big thank you to everyone who contributed, helped, attended, cleared-up, etc. for the 2012 Fordham Fair, held in aid of
FORDHAM VILLAGE HALL
To start with, the weather looked as though we were all in for a soaking. It poured with rain while we were erecting the marquee's and gazebo's but stopped in plenty of time to get everything ready in time for the 12 noon opening and prayer from our rector, John Parker. The weather stayed dry and warm for the entire afternoon and the atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly. Everyone I spoke to said they were really enjoying themselves.
Highlights of the afternoon were the Zumba demonstration, courtesy of Sue Allen and her pupils who had not only come from Fordham but from the groups that she has in Colchester so a big thank you to all of the Zumba dancers who turned out and gave a great display. Thank you Sue, we're missing you already.
The dog show, judged by Anne Honeyball from Aldham, was an amazing surprise because so many dogs came along with their owners to enter the competition and, although very lighthearted, showed that we all want our pooches to excel. There were a variety of costumes for the best dressed dog from pirates to parlour maids. The top prize going to a golden retriever dressed as a pirate complete with sword, name unknown. There was a top prize for the dog that looked most like its owner which went to Tuppeney Pennefather and top prize for the waggiest tail went to a Black Labrador, name unknown. A lot of fun, with all participants getting a few dog biscuits for their trouble. Thank you Anne for taking the time to come and be the judge for the day.
The children's races, led by Janet Tebbutt, were also very popular with lots of children taking part in a three legged race, egg and spoon race and throwing the egg. George Malcolm's technique for the egg and spoon race won him a prize of a skipping rope. If you put your thumb on the egg, it doesn't fall off! The throwing and catching the egg, which included several adults, went on for some time with a huge distance eventually opening up before the egg finally broke in someone's hands. Lots of fun, and all thanks to Janet.
We had books with Lynn & Paddy, Bric-a-Brac with Tizzy, Plants & Produce with Dave, Barbara and Daphne, Fordham Orchard with David & Rob, Cakes with Sylvie & Davina, Refreshments with the WI, Barbecue & Bar with The Three Horseshoes, Bouncy Castle with Peter, Nail Painting with Annabel, Physic Readings with Lynda, Bowling for the Pig with John and Chris, Hole in One Game with Mike, Portraits with John, Children's & Adult Stocks with Jayne & Tara, Face Painting, Guess the Name of the Teddy and find the Lucky Lolly and Hook a Duck from the children at The Three Horseshoes, North East Essex Badger Group, the raffle with Shelagh & Una (top prize, 22" flat screen TV, won by Sylvie), Beat the Goalie with AJ and friends from Fordham All Saints Church (holiday club coming up for 5 - 11 year olds, August 13th - 16th, book now!) and finally music from The Video Tapes, a local band comprising of Sam Griffiths and friends, making their public debut, Jenny playing the Saxophone and Roger entertaining everyone at the bar on the concertina.
If I've missed anybody out, I'm truly sorry. The grand total raised will follow.
Notes for next year! Better PA. Better signage. A better golf green. More beer. More burgers. More cakes. Ice Cream. Kerb ramps.
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