Spring Fayre programme 1990

In 1990, the Lavington and Easterton Football Club held its eighth Spring Fayre event. These took place over the three day May Bank Holiday weekends. This advertisement summarises the many attractions. There was something for everyone, whether interested in football or not, and it was always well attended.

There was a men’s six a side football tournament and a display of about a hundred stationary engines. There were lots of amusements for the children to enjoy and there was a beer tent and ice creams and refreshments were also available.

There were plenty of opportunities to snap up a bargain or find just what you’d been looking for at tradesmen’s stalls and private individuals’ car boot stalls. Everyone was a winner at these. The purchasers could buy what they wanted. The vendors had a chance to clear out items no longer needed at home and to make some money from selling them and the football club got £4 from every stallholder.

Aside from giving us a record of what the event was like, this page reminds us of how much has changed over thirty years. For a start, it looks as though it was probably typed on a typewriter and then printed off rather than being produced on a computer. The telephone numbers all have four digits and were Lavington numbers. Soon after, the local numbers were preceded with 81 and Lavington became part of the Devizes exchange.

A ‘grand, special bingo’ was to be held in the Parish Room. That wooden hut, opposite the library, has now been replaced by the Community Hall near the church. The Parish Room has been demolished and replaced by a building which is part of the nursing home.

A darts tournament was to be held at the Kings Arms public house, one of the village hostelries that has now closed, leaving the Green Dragon as the only pub operating in Market Lavington.

Finally, the page concludes with an advertisement for Lavington Hardware Stores, a very useful shop opposite the Co-op on the High Street. That building is now a home and villagers have to travel to the local market town of Devizes to buy most of the items formerly available locally.

At Market Lavington Museum, we have a large amount of printed material, mostly stored away in boxes. Much of it lacks the visual appeal for inclusion in displays, but it is valued for research and provides us with detailed evidence of local life in the past. We do try to save items such as this programme as today’s news is tomorrow’s history.

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