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Past Holliberry Fairs

1st of February 2014

The organisers of Holliberry Fair, Ann and Phil Waine, are keen to find out in which year the name was changed from Christmas Bazaar to Holliberry Fair. Do you remember? Here to help jog memories are some points of information about activities associated with the Fairs in the post-war years:

– The main venue for the fairs was the Church Institute, now the Village Hall.
– Its main function was fundraising. In November 1949 it was held to raise money for St Paul’s Church electric lighting fund.
– To start with it was held on a Wednesday because shops were closed in the afternoon and people worked on Saturday mornings.
– The name Hollyberry Fair was in use by 1955 when Gerald Lane was vicar
(1953-60) and that year £175 was raised
– The guest of Honour was Miss Ruth Dunning and Mr Abrahams of The White House played a major role in the organisation. The variety of stalls was very similar to that of today but interestingly the handkerchief stall took £8 10s.
– On Saturday 23 November 1957 the Fair was opened by Watford Palace Theatre stars, Gilda and James Perry, who were aided and abetted by local children. A men’s stall was a special feature and tea was provided.
– In November 1965 the Hollyberry Fair raised £270. It started with a coffee morning and the stalls had taken £80 before the main event in the afternoon when it was opened with a mime of Sleeping Beauty performed by the school children under the direction of Bobby Judge who was thanked by the vicar, Len Olyott (1960-65).

Do you have any old photographs or memories from these events that you could share with us, please?
We have just two photographs donated by Audrey Robinson and Pam Dawe.
Were you or your child ever a lavender girl or did you take part in one of the mimes?
I would love to hear from you.
Mary Nobbs, 01923 2694

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