Popular Crawley fayre set to raise more than £11,000

Ifield May Fayre 2014 (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-140505-162454003
Ifield May Fayre 2014 (Pic by Jon Rigby) PPP-140505-162454003

A community festival which attracted 3,500 people is expected to raise more than £11,000 for charity.

Families enjoyed a variety of stalls and entertainments at Ifield May Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday (May 5).

The event took place between St Margaret’s Church, Ifield, and Ifield Barn Theatre off Rusper Road.

Ifield May Fayre Committee members cheered and applauded after their treasurer told them fundraising at the event was to top £11,000 at a meeting on Sunday (May 9).

Mark Haymes, 38, of Poynings Road, Ifield, a committee member, said: “It became apparent that we are actually going to end up with just over £11,000.

“For everybody it made the hard work worthwhile.”

Up to 100 volunteers helped with the fayre and the funds will go toward local causes.

The committee plansto look at improving the traffic safety and crowd management for next year’s event, in September.

The 26th annual festival started with the May Queen parade, which left from St Margaret’s School.

Schoolchildren and the 2nd Ifield (St Margaret’s) Scouts walked alongside the float’s procession while a marching band played.

Jessica Budd-Jeffreys, 14, of Millbank, Ifield, was crowned May Queen by the Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Bob Burgess. Children queued to ride ponies and families sat down to watch a Punch and Judy show. Crowds were entertained by musical and dance performances, which included ballet and traditional Irish and clog dancing.