Festival Fun begins at the Vintage Fair

Oundle will be hosting a bold new event this month, the Oundle Vintage Funfair on Saturday 18th May from 10am-4pm in the Market Place.

The action-packed day will include a vintage market and antique fair, church tower and clock tours, a display of classic vehicles, tower abseiling, a bike rally, and a performance stage. For children there will be a teddy bear parachute jump and a vintage fun fair with rides and traditional games.

The Vintage Market and Antique Fair will be the centrepiece of the festival with 60 stalls, including vintage and antique fashion, homeware, vinyl, jewellery, posters, maps, furniture and much more. Live music on the performance stage will provide entertainment from 11am-6pm, with an array of musicians and performers. Vans and stalls with street food, alongside the usual shops and eateries will provide plenty to eat.

To kick off the weekend, on Friday 17 May there will also be a 1950s inspired dance in the church, with a full bar, ice cream sodas, ‘rock & roll food’, and live music and dancing from 7.30pm. Vintage 1950s dress is optional, however there are prizes for best dressed.

Booked tours beginning at 9.00am will offer the chance to climb the winding staircase into the bell ringing chamber where the clock mechanism can be viewed. Continuing on through the tower, the tour will take visitors to the viewing platform at the top of the church where there is access down a wooden staircase to the hidden ‘Room in the Spire’. (If the peregrine falcon has laid eggs in a nest on the tower by then, the tours will unfortunately have to be cancelled.)

For motoring enthusiasts, a classic vehicle display will be parked along West Street and New Street showing off a range of cars such as Aston Martins, Ferraris, Mercedes, Jaguars and Lamborghinis. For two-wheel excitement the annual Oundle Classic Bike Rally will follow two different routes at 9am and 10am.

The entire event hopes to raise more than £14,000 to repair the clock and bells of St Peter’s Church.

The idea to raise money for the town clock and church bells was born during an Oundle Business Association meeting when the town clock repair was discussed. Chairman of the organising committee, Philip Amps said: “A number of us who were born and bred in Oundle recognised that our town clock and church bells were rather special to us and we should do something about helping to raise the money required for the repair.”

Much of the community has got involved in the cause, including the many businesses on the committee. Philip Amps said: “Even those businesses who are not on the committee are helping out with sponsorship or providing support by supplying services.”

Erica Pascoe
May 2019