Droxford Country Fair 1st June 2019 – and Next Steps

Droxford Country Fair, Saturday 1st June

Both the Friends and the PCC supported the Country Fair on Saturday 1st June, respectively running a cake stall and the village Raffle which raised over £1,000.

In addition The Rector, Revd Tony Forrest presided over a ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony to mark the completion of the construction phase of the Hub Annex.  A peal of bells rang out to summon visitors to the new Community Hub Annex (thanks to the Soberton and HAmbledon bell-ringers, and the Meonstoke School Drummers drummed up a storm.  After a short introduction and thanks from the Chairman of FODC, John Symes, the Rector cut a ribbon to signify the end of the construction phase of the hub project.

Finally, the Sing and Tonic Community Choir sang some celebratory songs.

Wilfrid’s – the Café on the Meon – Coming soon

On Fair Day, Wilfrid’s Café volunteers served tea and biscuits in the North Chapel to give a foretaste of what the Café will offer and receive feedback. Our plan is to open the Café regularly in the late autumn and use September and October for training and trial openings on selected weekends for the benefit of visitors and walkers. 

Volunteers for all roles, baking, serving, coffee-making, cleaning etc are invited.  Training will be provided where necessary.  Please send your name, email and type of interest to Margaret Wallace at mandrw@hotmail.co.uk   

Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is designed to display the history of Droxford’s church and community from Saxon times to the 20th Century.  Highlights will include John of Drockensford, Chancellor of England in the early 14th Century, and Churchill’s visit to Droxford Railway Station before D-Day in 1944. 

Panels describing the D-Day story and Churchill’s historic visit were be exhibited on Fair Day, together with DVD recordings of local memories and historic footage from Droxford’s celebration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in 2014.  

The Heritage Centre proposals which were presented at the public consultation held in March 2017 were also displayed on Fair day, and further public comment invited.  Please contact Michael Chandler (mjchand110@gmail.com) if would like to volunteer to help or make a donation to the Heritage Centre.

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