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Silver Band at Midsomer Fayre

NRPS at the Fayre

Fully involved in the community- and an outing with Margot!
We were delighted to be invited to take part in the Midsomer Fayre again this year, and members turned out in force, on a gloriously hot summer’s day, to set up our stall well in advance of the midday start. We were especially pleased that our Hon. President, Margot Witcombe was able to join us, and thank Bill Collett for all his determination to make the excursion possible for her. It was good to see her catching up with old friends, and she continues, as she always has, to be so very involved and supportive of our efforts to take the Society forward with fresh ideas and innovations. It was her father, Albie Seymour, that founded the thriving Society all those years ago.

Situated in the main Somer Hall, we were well placed to attract those seeking refreshment and respite from the heat and frantic activity elsewhere. Enjoying the cakes and cuppas provided by the hard-working ladies behind the scenes, attendees were able to browse the exhibition of our prints from local walks and excursions enjoyed of late, and to linger over the digital imagery displayed on the TV screen that have been taken further afield. Dan Clarke provided simple tuition on how to improve the use of the camera on the inevitable mobile phone, and our photographers in their NRPS embroidered T shirts, were out and about all day, recording the myriad of colourful events taking place in the Park. We are happy to make our best images available to the organisers to illustrate and further promote what was such a successful and enjoyable event for the whole community.

We have plenty to work on! There was lots of action from skates and scooters, Maypole dancers, goats and brass bands. The stalls were colourful and the marquees were a hive of activity, and the local MP turned up with members of his young family, despite all the dramas of Downing Street in the past few days! There were young drummers, budding artists, aspiring bee keepers and a whole host more to attract our attention, and we really enjoyed the opportunity to snap away, as well as to exhibit and make ourselves known more widely. Like everyone else we look forward to next year’s Fayre, and hope that the weather will be kind again !

Jenny Short 09. 07.2022