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Hallow Village Community Group

The Hallow Village Community Group has had a busy time recently and is now preparing for its popular Country Fair. Joy Fulcher who is the group’s Secretary tells us more.

The highlight of our year is the Country Fair. This is always a popular event and this year it will take place on Sunday 4th June from 11am. This will be the fifth time we’ve organised the Fair and it has become an established event in Worcestershire.

There are lots of stalls and demonstrations, games, beer, local cider, Pimms and Prosecco to enjoy alongside a huge array of locally sourced food as well as a pig roast. A brass band will be playing with other local music while in the arena there will be belly dancing, falconry, line-dancing and Foxs Morris Dancers.

Children will be well catered for with the Smiley Train, pony rides, a Victorian carousel ride, inflatables, candy-floss and a miniature steam engine. The success of the event is due to the many village groups which are involved including the tennis club, the football club, Tai Kwando and the scouts who we rely on so much to erect the large marquees and many gazebos. It is a wonderful day with free entry and lots of parking in a farmer’s field a very short walk away.

Our membership has grown to 145 households. We hold regular litter picks and we organise many other events. A jumble sale and a table-top sale raised funds for a summer lunch for the seniors of the village. A Sunday Funday was held on the Playing Field when families were invited to bring their picnic & team games and races were held. Another successful Apple Pressing Day took place in September and hugely supported was the Hallowe’en pumpkin carving competition held on the Green with over 60 entries for the fancy dress competition.

The annual Christmas tea & social was enjoyed by 80 seniors and during the festive season carols & the Blessing of the Crib on The Green with a brass band took place. Santa always pays a visit on his illuminated sleigh to donate presents to the local children. To round the year off, a ‘bring & share’ New Year’s Eve Party in the Parish Hall takes place with local entertainment and a disco.

All of the above community events are "free" with the only financial contribution asked for being via a donation bucket. This is very successful and we finance all our activities as well as making donations to other village organisations to help fund their various projects. Another initiative we have financed is a new defibrillator which is sited in the centre of the village.

Our committee meets once a month and our constitutional aims are ‘To promote community activity in the Village of Hallow and to facilitate events for the benefit of the village of Hallow’. I think our group is fulfilling those aims and long may we continue to do so.

We always welcome new members. You can read more at hvcg.org.uk as well as on our facebook page.