Patcham Duck Fayre - Sunday May 19th 2019
Who remembers the Duck Fayre in Patcham? Originally run by the 44th Brighton Scouts, the Duck Fayre took place in the shade of the 300 year old Elm trees and along the Old London Road in Patcham in the 1990’s. The area in front of the Co-op and Scout hut was party central to the smells of candy floss and BBQ food, whilst craft stalls, dance displays and silver bands entertained people along the street.
Nobody is quite sure why the Patcham Scouts called their local fete a Duck Fayre , rumour has it ducks from the pond at the All Saints church use to wander down to the village; others say they were herded through the village to a local market – but whatever the origin it was a great name for a great day!
Now the Duck Fayre is due to return- on Sunday 19th May 2019 from 11.am-4.pm in the same place – but extending into the adjoining Peace Gardens. A group of local residents have been hard at work raising money and planning the day which will include a dog show, children’s activities, circus skills and a family area in the park- along with a beer tent for thirsty parents and street performers, silver bands, dance groups and choirs in the Old London Road. There will be funfair rides, local trade, craft and cake stalls for all to enjoy plus a flower show at the All Saints Church.
The Patcham Duck Fayre Revival group would like to hear from anyone who wants to help out on the day or run a stall – there are still places available. Just contact: aW5mbyB8IHBhdGNoYW1kdWNrZmF5cmUgISBvcmcgISB1aw==
Everyone is welcome but if you plan to come on the day please use public transport or ‘waddle’ down to the village as there is no parking on site. The Old London Road will be closed from 6.am- 6.pm come rain or shine, which is just as well as ducks love water as well as sunshine!