Rain or shine, May Day fun carries on
IT WAS a tale of two weekends in Fyfield and Matching, with their spring events only days apart, but divided by weather.
The Fyfield Festival, held at the weekend, saw hundreds of people come together around St Nicholas' Church in Willingale Road for two days of celebrations.
After weeks of overcast weather, the sun shone on the festivities, which included the Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre judging a 60-strong dog show.
On the previous Monday, families in Matching had gathered to mark May Day, with traditional dancing around the May pole, and the crowning of the May queen.
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There, the rain came down in buckets, showing what a difference a few days can make.
Carol Cox, one of the organisers of the Fyfield Festival, said she was very pleased with how the weekend had turned out.
She said: "It went really, really well.
"We couldn't believe how lucky we were with the weather.
"It was miraculous really. I was over the moon."
The two days of celebrations raised money for the running of the church, with special services and flowers on display inside the historic building.
Outside, there was fun and games, as well as classic cars, and a popular dog show.
Mrs Cox said: "We had been worried about the fields being waterlogged and where people were going to park, but after a dry Friday, it all turned out fine.
"We used to hold open garden events in the spring as a fundraiser, and switched to this last year.
"It's gone very well, and it's so nice to bring people together."
In Matching, the May Day celebrations raised around £2,000 altogether, with money going to local groups and charities.
Don Cramphorn, one of the organisers, said: "It was a shame about the weather, but we carried on regardless.
"Chanice Whittaker was crowned as the May queen, and there was traditional dancing.
"We had lots of different activities, and it all goes to supporting local groups, as well as charities like St Clare Hospice."