Hoopla

It’s all the fun of the fair here as we look at one stall at Market Lavington Fete in about 1960. The fete then, as now, took place in the grounds of Clyffe Hall.

The stall photographed was the ever popular hoopla where the aim is to throw a ring over one of the items on the table to win that item.

Mrs Elisha surrounded by children at a Market Lavington fete in about 1960

The lady in charge of the stall is the ever present Mrs Elisha. May Elisha (May Potter before she was married) was involved in the village in so many ways. She was the infant teacher for 48 years and also a Sunday School teacher. Apart from that, hardly a village event seemed to go by without Mrs Elisha being involved in some way.

Perhaps sadly, she and Bill, her husband, had no children of their own. It seems that May regarded the children of the village as her family.

The photo shows May surrounded by ‘her family’. We have no names for the children. Maybe a reader can help us.

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