Hannington holds 2001 Country Fair and Barbecue
24 Jun 2001

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The Overton Rugby Club put on a display of mini-Rugby at Hannington, one of the largest village fairs in Hannington, attracting crowds from all over Berkshire.

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The Countryside Alliance: Whether or not you participate in country sports, find out what the Alliance is doing to protect our way of life in the country.

Birds of Prey: We again welcome Bruce Berry from the New Forest Owl Sanctuary. Unfortunately we only have limited space for a flying display, but Bruce welcomes your questions.

Ferret Racing: Mike and Pat Withers will be racing ferrets through a 16m course throughout the afternoon, with the final in the Main Arena. They will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

Parade of Hounds: We welcome the Vine and Craven Foxhounds and the Sandhurst and Aldershot Beagles.

Fly Tying: Paul Brodey of the Kennet Valley Fly Dressing Guild will be demonstrating the art of fly tying, and displaying both the materials from which flies are fashioned and thc finished product.

Kintbury Gundog Club: Meet members of the club and their dogs. Find out more about raising and training gundogs.

Poultry Rare Breeds: The Hampshire and Berkshire Poultry Society have a number of different breeds of fowl for you to see and will answer any questions on their breeding and management.

Hurdle Making: We welcome Julian Simpson-Atkins who will demonstrate the art of hurdle making, and will answer any questions and welcome orders.

Archery and Rifles: Paul Qldring has kindly set up an archery and rifle range for all comers to "have a go"

Game Pens: Guy Pike will have various breeds of game birds on display, and will explain how eggs are hatched and young poults are kept.

Tractor Rides: There will be a tractor and trailer available for anyone wishing to see some of the beautiful countryside surrounding the Village.

Country Dancing: We are grateful to the teachers and pupils of Ashford Hill Primary School who will be giving displays of both modem and traditional country dancing in the Main Arena.


Hannington Silver Band: The Band's first public engagement was at Hannington Methodist Church Harvest Festival in 1924. It is now well known around a large part of Hampshire, undertaking a considerable amount of charity work. Three years ago they were awarded a substantial grant from the National Lottery Fund in order to provide continuing opportunities for musically minded children in Hannington and surrounding areas to achieve a high musical standard.

Church: Parts of our Church of All-Saints are 1.000 years old. Some of the proceeds from our Country Fair are dedicated to keeping it in excellent condition. Please find time for a visit and see the new Whistler windows. We are grateful to our Rector Andrew Barton for the use of the Church.

Vintage Vehicles Display: Brad Murduck's renowned collection is complimented by some immaculate Armstrong-Siddeley cars lovingly restored by Iain Campbell and friends.

Bucking Bronco Rides: Test your skill, and enjoy a laugh at the expense of others! Great fun for all the family.

Go-Karts: Both the mini go-knits (aged 2 to 8 years) and the Glo-Karts (all ages from 9 years) are located in the field behind the church. Have a go and find out if you are a budding Schumacher!

Mini-Rugby: We are grateful to the mini section of the Overton Rugby Club, who will provide a display in the Main Arena, and have a stand for you to show your rugby passing skills. Gary and Julie Miller will be happy to explain the clubs activities.

Microlight: We are fortunate to have a microlight on static display.

St John's Ambulance: We appreciate and welcome their attendance. They will be pleased to discuss any aspects of the activities of St John's Ambulance.

Spit-roasted lamb - barbecued sausages - burgers - bacon butties.
Also available are: pancakes - cans of drink - strawberries - french crepes - ice cream - teas - coffees - squash. All the meat is supplied by Manydown Farm Shop and is either produced on their own farms or other local farms, so the origins of all meat is known.
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