St John's Fayre, Witheridge.
St John's Fayre is one of the oldest Royal Charter fayres in the country, dating back to 1248 when a 3 day fayre was granted to the Parish of Witheridge, Devon by King Henry III of England. This year the Medieval Free Company were invited to join the celebrations and were delighted with the effort that the entire village had made.
Despite the terrible and very unwelcome rain (typical, just after a heatwave!) the village had done it's best with every aspect of the fayre. The parade that proudly displayed through the village was a highlight, complete with vintage cars, brasss band, local majorettes, miniature Robin Hoods, foxhounds, falconers and pipers as well as the Medieval Free Company in our 15th century regalia.
Our encampment was located in a large field, perfect for both target and clout archery shoots and those visitors who braved the rain, showed a keen interest in our demonstrations and displays. It was great to get the opportunity to do a spot of clout shooting in such a vast setting, something not often afforded to us. The arrows flew high and long, landing far beyond our handy target, Gaton, creating an impressive display for the watching crowds.