The Haselbury May Fair
Every year the Haselbury May Fair is always an event that is looked forward to by the entire village.
It takes place on the school grounds and always has lots of stalls, music, games and fun for all the family. There is a good selection of tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes. A live band always entertains the crowds. There is a hot food stand selling local produced burgers and hot dogs.
Each year, the stalls have different vendors, selling things like local made crafts, plants, confectionery and second hand goods.
The Parish Council always have a stall for local residents to gain information and ask questions directly to the council members.
In the autumn of last year, the village held its first Hypertufa class. It was available to local residence, at a cost of £5 each, which covered the cost of materials and the remaining profits going towards Haselbury in Bloom.
One of the main aims for the class, was to pass on the skill to then go home and make more of the containers instead of buying plastic ones.
Students were taught how to make the general mix and constructed pots, bird baths and decorative birds, which students were able to take home and to decorate their own gardens.
Everyone enjoyed the community spirit and were all pleased with the items they had personally made. It’s a real pleasure to see them in local gardens.
Bi-Yearly Litter Pick
It is always good to see everyone come together, twice a year, to help with the community litter pick.
With help of the local council, all health and safety procedures are followed to make sure all volunteers are kept safe while working.
Everyone who turns up is given safety equipment and then given clear instructions on where to work, always in pairs. The local council is contacted to help with the removal of the rubbish that is collected.
Since Haselbury make such an effort with the cleaning, the council offer to send out a street sweeper to make the sides of the roads as clean as possible.
The Wassail is always looked forwarded throughout the entire village.
Wassailing is an old English tradition which serves up a fermented drink, in Haselbury, it’s locally produce cider. People gather in the local community orchard to sing songs, make loud noises and dance, to scare away any evil spirits. This is done in hope that it will provide a good harvest for that year. The evening continues with a meal at a local village hall.
A Wassail Poem :
Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wassailing,
So fair to be seen:
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too,
And God bless you and send you,
A happy New Year,
And God send you,
A happy new year.