Despite the gloomy weather forecast the weekend of the very first Gilbert’s Games & Country Fair turned out to be two sun filled days of enthusiastic sporting fun. We were unsure as to how the public would respond to the challenge of a medley of 18th Century sporting activities. All those who participated clearly enjoyed themselves as adults and children kept returning to the games again and again!
The Stoolball demonstration and participation by Shirley Reed and her team gave those of us who follow Cricket an opportunity to discover more about the origins of our national summer game.
And for those who preferred to watch and just enjoy the gaming aspect of the day there was the popular Ferret racing.
Visitors were also entertained and informed by a range of experienced crafts demonstrators. From the robust skills of Nick Murray the blacksmith to the intricate stitching of Gaynor Williams bookbinding the Country Fair held a unique fascination for all ages.
The Management Team at Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Collection would like to thank all those who volunteered on the weekend, especially Becca, Emily, Steph and Tamsin who did a fantastic job in the lead up to the event. Good luck with your continuing studies and careers.