There were smiles all around as the glorious sunshine came out for Yateley’s annual May Fair on Monday (May 5).

Around 3,000 people descended on Yateley Green to enjoy a day of community activities including raffles, bird displays, dancing and refreshments.

There was a real sense of community spirit at the event as groups including Yateley Gardening Society, Yateley Country Market, Blackwater Valley Countryside Trust, Yateley Common and Yateley Hockey Club held stalls for people to visit.

Entertainment was provided by the likes of Yateley Morris Men, a dog show and Frogmore Dance School, who wowed crowds in the centre of the green, and a brass band greeted people upon arrival.

New this year was a birds of prey demonstration by The Falconry School, war re-enactments by The Spectacular Knights Of The Crusades and a horse riding performance by The Stallions Of Substance.

Organised by Yateley and District Lions Club and opened by town mayor Councillor Gerry Crisp, the event was described as a “big hit”.


Chris Flack, spokesman for the Lions club, said: “It went really well.

“Even though many people walk to the fair, lots from outside the town drive and at one point the car park was full up so we had to direct cars to alternative car spaces.

“Lots of individual organisations made money from their stalls, such as the Alzheimer’s Society which raised more than £100 for the charity.

“The Lions club would have raised funds through car park donations and we hope to find how much that mounted to later this week.

“The event was just as successful as previous years and we saw just as many people as last year even though last year was hotter.

“Colin Ive, organiser of Gig On The Green, held a stall selling tickets for the music festival and he told me he sold more tickets this year than ever before.

“There was a range of ages that enjoyed the fair, from babies and young children, to teens and pensioners.”