Wow!!! What a fabulous weekend with both the weather at around 22°c and the event where we had over 1,000 people enjoy the day.
We had 36 stalls, more than on previous years and the Fair is now becoming a much appreciated local Annual Event.
This year we used the 3 lawns dropping down to the lake where the “Concours d’ Elegance” of vintage cars were displayed and judged against a perfect backcloth of the lake shimmering in the sunshine. The winner being Martin Johnson Howe with his Triumph Gloria and the runner up being Mr P Birch with his Austin Chum.
Alongside these was a 1908 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (50 HP or 7.8 Litre) on its first visit to Misterton one of only 5 left in the world.
The “Pony and Carriage rides” provided by “Rustic Occasions” was a spectacular event (as it was last year) and very many of our visitors enjoyed the ride round the grounds and along the lakeside. The Carriage also featured as clue number 4 in the BBC Radio Leicester’s Clueless programme – which also gave us added publicity and attracted more visitors.
More than £3,000 was raised for Rotary’s own Charity ‘Rotary Foundation’, £480 for provision of Aqua boxes for disaster areas and other charities had exceptionally good takings. It is estimated that the total monies raised for charity will be in excess of £5,000.
The Plant stall for Macmillan Cancer Support ran by Elaine Turner and her friend Tilly Yates received a generous gift of beautiful pansies from Ian Colledge, “the plant man” from Market Harborough which swelled takings to over £500 which will be matched £ for £ by Barclays.
Stallholders were really grateful for the help provided by our boys with their vehicles helping to unload produce and special mention must be made of the stalwart work of our car park attendants led by John Turner and Martin Iliffe (Vice President}.
Elaine and her team must be congratulated for running such a smooth running event in which (at the Gate) we were asked to pass on thanks to those involved by departing visitors laden with plants for their gardens and various other goodies. Very popular items were garden trugs and other garden items produced by the students from the Lutterworth College Enterprise Centre.
Lutterworth Rotary Club would like to thank Heather Craven for the use of the lovely, idyllic grounds in which to stage the event and also to thank the many people who regularly support them.
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