A soggy Petertide Fair still pulls the crowds to raise £7.5k so far

Petertide Fair - Ashlyns Samba Drummers and Berkhamsted Air Cadets make some noise at the Petertide Fair L to R: Father Tim Pilkington, Major of Berkhamsted Cllr Tom Ritchie and Father Tom Plant
Petertide Fair - Ashlyns Samba Drummers and Berkhamsted Air Cadets make some noise at the Petertide Fair L to R: Father Tim Pilkington, Major of Berkhamsted Cllr Tom Ritchie and Father Tom Plant
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It might not have rained cats but it definitely rained dogs at a very wet Petertide Fair held on Saturday, June 13 at St Peter’s church in Berkhamsted.

Despite the unseasonal weather, stallholders bravely set up their stalls in the rain and local people came to support the church and its chosen charity for 2015, The Swan Youth Centre.

Petertide Fair, Berkhamsted.

Petertide Fair, Berkhamsted.

The new dog show was popular with lots of Berkhamsted’s canines competing to win in five categories including Best Biscuit Catcher and Handsomest Hound.

New rector Father Tim Pilkington judged the Prettiest Bitch competition which was awarded to labradoodle Honey.

The North London Society of Model Engineers attended for the fourth year bringing their miniature train and there was entertainment from musicians from both Victoria and Thomas Coram schools, plus a superb performance in church by the talented Ashlyns School Orchestra, which pulled in the crowds.

The plant, cake, book and bric-a-brac stalls were popular and children enjoyed browsing the toy stall and playing Splat the Rat and Hook a Fair Trade banana, in the rain.

Petertide Fair - Paul Jullien and Honey, winner of the prettiest bitch.

Petertide Fair - Paul Jullien and Honey, winner of the prettiest bitch.

Money is still coming in from the silent auction but, so far, the fair has raised in the region of £7,500.

Father Tim said: “Even though the weather wasn’t kind to us, it was my first Petertide Fair and it was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion.

“I think the rain actually united people and I’d like to thank all our stoic volunteer stallholders as well as so many local people for coming to support our historic church and our 34th fair.

“There was a real sense of community spirit as I wandered around the stalls which was a joy to behold!”