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“A huge thank you to Darren Crawford & The Broadoak Pub Co for replanting the Alvanley Village Planters.”


After a wet start to the day the sun shone at Manley Spring Fair  again this year on Bank Holiday Monday and many people came from a considerable distance to attend the Fair.  This year one of the main attractions was a fabulous interactive Falconry Display by Vale Royal Falconry in which children from the audience were asked to participate.

Delamere Spartans Running Group organised a 10K Trail Run into Delamere Forest, starting and ending at the Fair and the prizes were given out by the newly elected local councillor Mr Hugo Deynem.  The annual Five a Side Football competition held at the Spring Fair, was won this year by children from Alvanley Village School  who beat Ashton Hayes Primary School in the final 1-0.

During the day there was a display of Chainsaw Sculpture by the talented Mike Burgess, and a fabulous carved owl was won by                     in a raffle. There was also a Climbing Wall  run by the local scout group and an Inflatable Obstacle Course for the more energetic, plus numerous stalls with traditional games, face painting, and local produce such as Ollies Orchard apple juices, Larkton Hall Cheese, Burlings Fudge, Candyfloss, jewellery, bags, cakes, a large selection of plants. Manley Online Auction is still going at the time of writing and has raised a magnificent amount of over £700.

The Dog show was extremely well attended and is one of the highlights of the day for many. There was also a Magic Show which were enjoyed by many children, plus close-up magic around the fair afterwards. The Jazz Band from Helsby High School played to a large audience and was extremely well received.

The Spring Fair takes place every other year on the Parish Field in Manley, to raise funds for Alvanley and Manley Churches and many other community groups and clubs. The Fair  was sponsored by the locally based RSK Group Plc.  The whole community was represented with stalls manned by members of both churches, Manley Village Hall Committee, Manley Tennis Club, Manley Social Club,  Manley Pre-School and Alvanley School. A team of locals got together to run the BBQ which supplied delicious burgers and hotdogs from the Manley Butchery.


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