Every year, the village looks forward to the annual fete, which is usually held on the first Sunday in September and raises funds for three village organisations: St Nicholas Church, the Village Hall and the community Sports Field.
This year, of course, all events have been cancelled due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. So the committee came up with a new idea: a socially distanced Village Promenade with stalls along the High Street, hand sanitisers were available at every stall. There was even a social distancing monitor, who patrolled the street with his measuring tape.
The day began with a fun run at 11 a.m., with the Village Promenade running from noon through to 3 p.m. The Promenade was opened by our own village ‘crier’, Matthew Tasker, with his bell.
All the usual attractions were there: Made In Eydon, with food made by villagers, the book and bottle stalls, as well as Play Your Cards Right and Hook a Duck. You could also buy cupcakes, have a drink at the bar, or have a hot dog. You could buy a raffle ticket (I fancied the third prize, a flight in a Gypsy Moth but unfortunately didn’t win).
The classic car display was a lot smaller this year, but still very interesting and, of course, there was live music from our resident oboe player, Kim, and you could also see a display from the village Historical society.
It was lovely to see so many residents come out to enjoy the day, and to see friends I hadn’t seen since before lockdown began in March.
Hopefully next year things will get back to normal.
Parish Cllr. Carol Henson