Full steam ahead, despite the mud

Picture by Jacqueline Nutkins
Picture by Jacqueline Nutkins

Fayre-goers enjoyed a packed day, despite “mudbath” conditions.

Visitors to the annual Dacorum Steam and Country Fayre at Green Croft Farm, Potten End, were unperturbed by the weather conditions, which turned the site into a mudbath, donning their wellies to get stuck into the activities on offer.

Although the conditions were so severe that the second day of the event was ultimately cancelled, the organisers have praised the “fantastic atmosphere” and the “positivity” of all those involved.

“It wasn’t easy wading through all that mud,” said organiser Dawn Bunker.

“The farmer, Pete Groom, had to come out in his tractor to scrape and roll the entrance to make it flat enough for everyone to get in.

“But there was so much goodwill.

“Everyone stayed upbeat and the atmosphere was fantastic.”

Despite the mud, the displays of heavy horses, blacksmithing and birds of prey went ahead as planned, as did glass blowing, archery, farm machinery, vintage tractors, steam engines and commercial fire and military vehicle displays.

A few attractions, such as the vintage cars display, were unable to make an appearance, but visitors still enjoyed a variety of activities.

Hospice spokesman Alison Allard said: “There was something for everybody and, despite the threat of rain on Saturday, everyone had Dunkirk spirits, mucking in and helping each other to make the day a wonderful success.

“Thanks to everyone for your support.”

The fayre was held in aid of the Hospice of St Francis.

Over the last eight years, the fayre’s organisers have donated over £120,000 to the Berkhamsted-based charity to help it continue to provide its care for Herts and Bucks people facing life-limiting illness.

Hemel MP, Mike Penning, who is a patron of the charity, attended the fayre and judged the Rusty but Running competition.

The event organisers also have another goal in running the event, aiming to inspire the next generation to preserve the vintage vehicles of their heritage.

For more details about the Hospice of St Francis, see www.stfrancis.org.uk