6 September 2010

RSPB Wildlife & Country Fair (Cooling), Sunday 5 September 2010

With the weather holding-out (yesterday) and with family visiting for the weekend, it was off to the RSPB Wildlife & Country Fair at Bromhey Farm in Cooling (Northward Hill Reserve). Thankfully, many hundreds of people started arriving soon after the event opened at 11am - guaranteeing a success!

As well as enjoyable country walks and views, there were many stalls and entertainments provided - from a lively funfair for kids to sheepdog trials, insect sweeps and ditch-dipping (photographed below). Stalls included demonstrations of arts and crafts, such as carpentry, pottery and card-making. For a small charge, tuition was given in some of these activities!

Many groups and organisations attended, including: Medway Neighbourhood Watch, Kent Fire Brigade (Cliffe Division), Medway Spinners, Dyers & Weavers Association, Dickens' Country Protection Society, English Heritage and the Medway Bee-Keepers Association! Also in attendance was talented photographer Sam Baylis, a teenager from Cuxton, who was displaying, and selling, his own original pictures from around the world (I bought a few).

As can be seen from the last photograph, the event was well attended. Well done to the RSPB and to everyone for organising such an enjoyable event!