This weekend saw the 38th Combined Charities Fair organised by the Lions of Maidenhead. This is where many of the local charities come together and run stalls and events at the Maidenhead town hall. To encourage the stalls to look their best there is a competition for the best looking stall.
Shoppers were allowed in from 10:00 but the official opening was not until a bit later. At this time the Windsor and Maidenhead Town Crier did not have a problem announcing, above all the din in the hall, to introduce the Maidenhead Mayor. Then the Mayor gave a short speech to declare the fair officially open. After the speeches there was a short photo-call for the Mayor and Town Crier with the local press.
I have met the Town Crier, Chris Brown, before at events in Windsor. During the photo-call he spotted me at the bottom of the stage, by the Thames Valley Air Ambulance stall, and he came down specially to say hello, before heading off into the town to announce the fair to the public outside.
It might be a bit early for Christmas but many of the stalls were looking to entice early Christmas bargain hunters. I had a go on a tombola but unlike last time where I was very lucky, I was not so lucky this time.
By chance I was by the ‘best dressed stall’ winner while Theresa May, the local M.P. and Home Secretary, was congratulating them on their success. I couldn’t resist saying hello when she had finished and she chatted to Wayne and me for quite a long time. At this point I should mention that I met Michael Gove (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice) at the day centre the day before. As you do.
I bought some pin badges for my growing collection from the R.N.L.I. and W.W.F.