Patcham Duck Fayre

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Welcome to our revived Patcham Duck Fayre and our free programme! We are thrilled to bring back this much loved Fayre to the village on 19th May and we want you all to come along and enjoy the day. Back in August 2018 a Patcham Facebook post asked the simple question ‘Who remembers the Duck Fayre?’ and within a matter of days over 100 people replied with fond childhood memories of kiddy rides on the Elms forecourt, the smell of candyfloss and BBQs, brass bands and the long wooden slide that used to run down the road opposite the Scout hut! Whilst we can’t revive the slide we can promise you the day will be full of fun and entertainment. At this point we want to say a big thank you to the Patcham 44th Scout group who started the event way back in the 1990’s and for giving us their blessing for the revival of the Fayre. The committee – formed in September 2018 - have been working hard to ensure the day is a success and we have tried to keep the ‘vintage-style’ approach but with a modern twist. We are truly grateful to the lovely people who live or have access to their houses along the Old London Road for welcoming us back and allowing the road to be closed for the day. To that end we ask you all to respect their property on the day and put your litter in the bins provided. As you will see from the programme we have extended the Fayre right along the Old London Road and into the grassy area in the Peace Gardens where there will be a big slide, a ’fun’ dog show, an ice cream van and a beer tent for thirsty parents next to a family area where you can stop and rest or have your picnic. Whilst in the park why not try your hand at some circus skills or let the children enjoy some planned activities in the marquee. Coles funfair will be providing rides along the Old London Road and there are craft, trade and bric a brac stalls lining the pavements. The village Memorial Hall will be converted to a tea room with indoor stalls and if you’re feeling competitive why not enter our baking and art competitions to be displayed in the Scout Hut.

Most of all, the day is about celebrating Patcham and all the good things that happen in our community. Any profits from the year will be donated to the Patcham Community Association fund for distribution to local causes, so come along between and have a lovely day! Don’t forget to join us at

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Chairperson. Patcham Duck Fayre Revival Group We’re very excited to be welcoming Carol Cleveland to open the fayre on the day, along with Guy Lloyd from BBC Sussex who will be our MC. CAROL CLEVELAND opens the fayre at 11am Carol is best recognised as the female member of the Monty Python team, featuring in all the TV series, films and stage shows and is often referred to as ‘the 7th Python’. She last joined them for ten sell-out performances of Monty Python Live at London’s 02 Arena. Carol has also appeared in numerous West End plays, the Edinburgh festival and in TV and DVD dramas. She lives locally.

GUY LLOYD from BBC Sussex is our MC Guy Lloyd is a Brighton-based TV and radio presenter, writer and actor. He first came to prominence hosting the Breakfast Show on Brighton’s Juice 107.2 and spent the next five years as the city’s unofficial alarm clock. He now regularly covers on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey radio and can also be heard on the national radio station, Talk Radio. Patcham Duck Fayre - Sunday 19th May - 11am to 4pm. Page 3

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PATCHAM COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION | PCA FUND With special mentions and thanks also to: • All members of the committee for their continued hard work. • Patcham Junior School for hosting our very first public meeting and Patcham Community Centre for giving us a room for our committee meetings. • Loiusa (Get Creative in Brighton) for organising the Children’s zone. • Mike & Michelle (Continuum) for putting our noticeboard in their window. • Liz Dwiar and Patrick Harrex for creating the Patcham History Trail. • Patcham House School for allowing us to put a walkway through their grounds to access the Peace Gardens and other Patcham Schools for joining in despite their busy schedules. • Our local Councillors for supporting us and providing contacts. • Patcham Garage for letting us use their forecourt and electricity. Print by: Design by

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History of Patcham Duck Fayre As far as any of us can recall the Patcham Duck Fayre ran from the mid 1990’s until 2005. Originally run by the 44th Brighton Scout Group, the Duck Fayre took place in the shade of the village’s 300-year-old Elm trees (sadly no longer there) and along the Old London Road. The area in front of the Scout Hut and the Co-op became party central to the smells of candyfloss and BBQ food. With stalls, teas and cakes, games, rides, dance displays, silver bands and the occasional duck wandering round, it used to draw hundreds to the village every year. Nobody is quite sure why the Patcham Scouts called their local fete a Duck Fayre? Rumour has it ducks from the pond on the green outside All Saints Church (pictured above) used to wander down Church Hill into the village and be chased back up the hill with brooms, others talk of herding ducks into town to be sold at the market in the Old Steine? Another theory is that Patcham’s name derives from the Old English Peece or Pacce (pronounced Patch) meaning “watery” or “splashy” which would fit with the fact the watery spring and pond flowed into the Wellsbourne stream at the foot of Church Hill. Nevertheless it’s a great name for a great day! The Revival Committee managed to find a 1999 Duck fayre programme with thanks to Keith and Jeanette Fakes and looking at its contents we are pleased to report that this year’s Fayre has many similar features, but with a modern twist! We also salvaged some of the old Duck placards and signs from the back of the Scout hut which we have placed round the village to connect us to the fond memories we have of the Fayre. If you have time why not broaden your knowledge of Patcham by following out History trail devised by Liz Dwiar. You’ll be surprised how far back the stories of our village go, and if you find any references to ducks – let us know! We hope you enjoy! Patcham Duck Fayre - Sunday 19th May - 11am to 4pm. Page 7

SCHEDULE to be here: Stage timings Dog show time Any other timings

(All timings are approximate) Also don’t miss the Fire Engine on Patcham Garage forecourt from 2.30pm (subject to availability).

waddle to the faYre We want to make the event as environmentally friendly as possible so please walk or ‘waddle’ down to the village as there is no parking in the street and we certainly do not want to upset the neighbours by blocking the adjoining roads. In fact why not follow the Patcham Duck Fayre history trail which takes you via All Saints Church to see their floral show before coming down to the village. More details on pg 14.

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Competition time

History trail

All good village fayres have competitions and we are no exception! Enter one (or more!) to celebrate our talents and imagination; some have age ranges, others are open to all! Submit your entries (except writing competitions) on the day before 2pm to our 44th Scout Hut Headquarters, including your name and contact details. Winners will be announced by 4pm. The judges’ decision is final. Opposite: Culinary & Horticultural Pages 21-22: Creative & Writing. All details also shared at:

Pick up a copy of the Patcham Duck Fayre HistoryTrail map from the Scout Hut HQ in Old London Road and discover more about some of the historic buildings and places around our village. A walk of about 1.5Km. Look out for ducks and letters along the trail and work out the word they spell (clue: you’ll find it on the back of the trail map). Bring your map to the Duck Fayre HQ to check your answer, and we’ll stamp it to show that you have successfully completed the Duck Fayre Challenge.

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Like the Bake Off, create a ‘duckingmarvellous’ bake to be the toast of the Fayre! Any cake, any size, but with a duck theme. Will yours wow the senses and avoid a soggy (pond) bottom?

Get baking with the kids! Make and decorate some quackers “duckcakes” and ruffle your competition feathers. Cakes must be ‘fairy cake-size’ with maximum 6 on any one plate. Will your tasty treats fit (in) the judge’s bill?

Keep your eyes peeled for some of nature’s mirth. Bring along your most amusing home-grown or store-bought vegetable for judging!

Arrange a bouquet of seasonal flowers from the garden. Something we’ll go quackers for! Bring your own container to be collected after the show.

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Look out for our duck template and colour in and decorate your own Patcham duck during the holidays or weekends. Print your copy from our Facebook page or pick one up from your local newsagent (stocks limited).

Create a duck pond scene using a paper plate and your imagination! Plate size 9 inches max. Prizes for both adult and youth categories. Make it during the holidays or weekends and bring it along on the day of the Fayre.

Explore the themes of the celebration by creating an art work inspired by Patcham Duck Fayre. Prizes for adult (over 18 years) and youth (0-18 years) categories. Any medium, any size. Bring your creation to the 44th Scout Hut by 2pm on the day.

Keep the sun off and get into the well-preened spirit with a fabulous, eco-friendly, home-made duck hat. Take some time with the kids to craft some fun hats out of your household recycling. See our links to video ideas on the Facebook page. Be ready to show them off at 2.30pm at the main stage, next to the Co-op.

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A drama, a myth, a fantasy? Let your pen glide like a duck on the waters of your imagination. Get creative and share your short stories about Patcham and ducks. Prizes for adult (max 1000 words), youth (12-18 years) (max 750 words) and children (up to 11 years) (max 500 words) categories. Send your story to by midnight on Wednesday 15th May or post to Duck Fayre Writing Entries,Old Boat Corner Community Centre, Carden Hill, Brighton. BN1 8GN.

Craft a rhyme, limerick or epic poem, a haiku, sonnet or free verse. Make it something duck related, with a Patcham theme, of course. Send your poem to by midnight on Wednesday 15th May post to Duck Fayre Writing Entries,Old Boat Corner Community Centre, Carden Hill, Brighton. BN1 8GN.

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