Mediaeval feast of events makes Priory Fayre a success

John Peer, Lizzie Gutteridge and Tim Baily of the York Waits
John Peer, Lizzie Gutteridge and Tim Baily of the York Waits

The Priory 900 Summer Fayre has been a resounding success, in this special year for the ancient church.

After months in the planning, the day went really well, with stalls on the Church Green - including not only the more usual plants, bric-a-brac and books, but also some very special Priory 900 beer, brewed specially for the celebrations by Wold Top Brewery.

There were cakes baked to genuine mediaeval recipes by Sue Reeves; mediaeval ‘packed lunches’ courtesy of Pam and Peter Quigley; traditional morris dancing by the Minster Strays Morris Group; historical storytelling sessions in the Priory Church; weaving and spinning demonstrations with members of the York and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers; and a blacksmithing workshop - as well as raffles, tombolas, games and competitions.

Bridlington Town Crier David Hinde was present in full costume, and gave various ‘shout-outs’ for the different activities as they happened.

And as one of the highlights, costumed players from the 14th – 16th century ‘living history’ band The York Waits brought some of their instruments along to the Fayre to demonstrate their sound, and performed pieces from their wide repertoire of period street music, popular dance and ballad tunes. They later performed a full concert in the Priory.

One of the organisers who put so much work into the planning of the day was Priory 900 Administrator Rebecca Young. She said: “We’re delighted that the Summer Fayre was such a great success, as a dedicated team has been planning the event for several months.

“In this very special year for the Priory, the most important thing for us was to engage people with the mediaeval theme, and everyone took to the spirit of the Fayre really well – it was lovely to see so many people in historical costume. We would like to thank everyone who donated items and gave their time to raise money for Priory funds, and make the Fayre a fun afternoon for the whole community to enjoy.”