THANK YOU to all those who helped make the 2018 Mayfair a success despite the rain
- THANK YOU to the dancers from Mayfield and Five Ashes Primary Schools, Mayfield Pre-School, Mayfield School, Skippers Hill, Bricklehurst and Pembury. You were all superb this year and coped so cheerfully with the weather
- THANK YOU also to the teachers, parents and other helpers whose dedication and support make it all possible.
- THANK YOU to the Mayfield Band and The Celestials for their joyful music which makes everyone want to dance and for the Mayfield Primary Recorder group for accompanying the Mayfield Pre-School dancers
- THANK YOU to the incomparable Simon Rudge who makes the Maypole dancing happen and without whom we would be lost
- THANK YOU to the Morris Men and Mummers for their traditional splendid additions to the colour and atmosphere of the day
- THANK YOU to all who provided prizes for the Silent Auction. Provisionally this has so far raised a fantastic £900
- THANK YOU to Sheila Humphreys and the Flower Guild for their wonderful decoration of the May Queen and her throne as well as to all those who decorated the High Street and made flowers for the dancers
- THANK YOU to Araminta for being such a beautiful May Queen this year
- THANK YOU to our Jana Howard our Frost Queen
- a HUGE THANK YOU to Ian Parker who not only chaired the organising committee and added energy and information to events going with his tannoy announcements but also stepped into the large boots of Johnny Marsh to become our new Green Man
- THANK YOU to the High St shops and other retailers who provided vouchers (don’t forget to use yours! – see the Mayfield & Five Ashes newsletter) and prizes,
- THANK YOU to all the stallholders who turned up despite the rain to provide entertainment, refreshments and a wide range of goods to buy as well as the local organisations with their Know Your Village stands and the shops who stayed open
- THANK YOU to Rosemary at Rosina Fabrics for once again organising a tombola raising £85
- THANK YOU to the girls from Mayfield School who ran the penalty shoot out, Splat the Rat, cakes and other stalls for us
- THANK YOU to the rest of the organising committee who worked so well together, shared the jobs, coped with the unexpected and just generally got on with it: Alex Standen, Andrew Burnett, David Saunders, Jeanette Hore, Kellie Green, Lesley Medlock, Marion Robinson and Roger Stone as well as many of their partners who were roped in to help before and during the Mayfair
- and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who turned up to support and stayed around for longer that expected considering the weather
- Finally 88 THANK YOUS – one for everyone who took part in the BIG DANCE at the end and helped us smash our previous record
- and if we have left anyone out, our apologies but please consider yourself thanked.
We will be collecting in all the money taken in the next few weeks and announcing the amount. Some of it will be used to improve the village Christmas lights and this year we are also supporting the Mayfield and Five Ashes Newsletter in its beautiful, smart new format and the re-introduction of the Blacksmiths Festival.
Also we will be looking at any lessons to learn from this year to make next year even better. So if you have any suggestions please let us know. We will talking to Guinness World Records to see if they will ratify our BIG DANCE effort next year when we plan to have over 100 dancers.
See you next year …
Highlights of the 2018 Mayfair (Sat 11th May)
- For the second year, we enacted the battle between Spring and Winter, with the Green Man driving the Frost Queen out of the village – and we were delighted to have new incarnations of both the Green Man and the Frost Queen
- We smashed our own record for the Big Dance, with 88 people dancing round the Maypole together
- Once again we had wonderful dancing from our local schools Mayfield and Five Ashes Primary Schools, Mayfield Pre-School, Mayfield School, Skippers Hill, Bricklehurst and Pembury
- and there was fantastic support from parents, locals and visitors despite the weather