Runwell residents held many successful fetes and fayres throughout the 1970s and 80s.
They were originally held in the Runwell Hall gardens, but as they became very popular they moved over the road to the larger St. Mary’s vicarage gardens in Church End Lane. They usually had a theme, and these pictures represent “Ye Olde Runwell Fayre” (1976) and the “Cockney Fete” (1981).
Profits from the fayres were donated to local charities e.g. Runwell Hospital, Runwell School and St.Mary’s Church, Runwell.
Headmistress of Runwell School at that time was Miss Pope. She was a very popular headmistress (especially with the dads) and would always support the fetes. The day she volunteered to go into the “throw a wet sponge at the teacher” boosted the takings quite a bit.
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