English Fair

English Fair Weldam Castle

Impression Castle Fair 2021

Finally the time had come. Another Castle Fair could be held at kasteel Weldam. In the year 2020, for the first time in years, the Fair could not take place due to measures imposed by the government in connection with the  corona pandemic.

But it seemed as if a lot of people,  who had to spend weeks and months with little to no activities, were now flocking to the Castle Fair.

The sun showed itself from the best side, the stallholders  came early with their merchandise to display everything on the stalls, which had been set up the day before, in the pouring rain.  

Antiques and semi-antiques, hats, nougat and chocolate, garden plants, flower seeds,  garden decoration, flower arrangements,  bookbinders,  paintings, bee products,  wool products,  clothing, baking and cooking products,  jewelry,  felt workshop, children's books, pomologist and tree specialist, special food products, too many to mention, In addition, of course, our own stalls of St Mary's:  Our  'Jam  stall' with delicious jams and  chutneys, the  English  'book  stall'  and the  'Church  stall'  with information, picture cards and homemade articles.

All stall holders had provided an article from their stall for the 'Raffle'. Each  admission ticket was marked with a serial number and if that did match a number from the  Raffle you went home with a nice price.

St Mary's unsurpassed Tea room had doubled in size this time. Almost all of the approximately 900 visitors who had come to the Castle Fair also enjoyed the well-sorted  Tea  room. The homemade scones,  cakes and cakes did do very well indeed, mostly accompanied by a delicious cup of coffee or tea. The freshly filled sandwiches  were also  in great demand.

All volunteers who have helped to make the Tea room a success once again do  deserve a big compliment.

In the afternoon there was the traditional "Dog-Show". There were many four-legged friends with their owners. About 20 dogs, large and small,  competed for the  title  "nicest dog" of the show. In the end, all the dogs went home with a well-deserved treat.

Then of course we have to mention here the performances ofthe  Highland  Regiment  -  Pipes  and  Drums, this time supplemented by a duo Mike with bagpipes and Melissa with her hurdy-gurdy. What a festive opening  when  at 11 a.m. they entered the main gate,  marched and,  when the visitors entered the grounds.

Every hour one could watch and listen to musical performances of this beautiful music. In addition, there were also the Morris Dancers who provided a dazzling performance on the forecourt of the Castle. Great to see such an appropriately  typical  English scene at this Fair.

Meanwhile, our stall holders were doing very well indeed. There was a great atmosphere and there was a well varied supply. Afterwards we received many compliments from the participants  for the set-up and atmosphere of the Castle Fair.  Many immediately indicated that they would like to  take part again next year.

This year there were more than ten new participants.   An important element  of the  Fair is that  innovation  is  always taken  care of, but still the right atmosphere is maintained. Also for next year, new  participants have already registered and we are looking for new products that we have not seen before at our Fair.

This also means that we sometimes have to say goodbye to a stall holder, who has been present for many years, in order to remain innovative.

During the Fair, there was also the possibility to visit the  Chapel. The day of the Fair coincided with  "Open  Monument Day". This meant that many visitors to the Fair also went to take a look at the  Chapel, but also extra visitors of the " Open  Monument Day ".

Our organist Louw Talstra was present  all day in the  chapel to talk to  people and answer questions about our Anglican congregation and its liturgy, and its origins on Weldam. He also managed  to explain more about the than 100-year-plus-old Chapel of Weldam Castle. In addition,  there was an opportunity to burn a candle or just be quiet for a while.

Furthermore, there were planned moments during which music was performed, singing and organ playing. All in all, there were more than 100 visitors counted in the  Chapel on this day. Every Sunday at half past eleven there is an Anglican Service, everyone is always welcome to attend.

We look back on a successful Fair. A huge event for our small community of the  Anglican  Church  Twente.  An event  that  connects us even more strongly and where we can let hundreds of people enjoy a great Fair in a beautiful location like Weldam Castle with its  beautiful  gardens. A word of gratitude to the  Solms family, that we have once again been able to use this great  location.

Next Weldam Castle English Fair 2022 will be on Saturday September 10th starting 10:30 hrs.

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