Village Alive Trust
Village Alive Trust

June 2008: Medieval Fair at Great Trerhew

Damp weather failed to dampen the enthusiasm of Cross Ash School’s maypole dancers who delighted visitors at the Medieval Midsummer Fair staged on June 21st, 2008 by The Village Alive Trust at Great Tre-Rhew Farm, Llanvetherine near Abergavenny by kind permission of Trevor and Anne Beavan and family.

The main activities took part under cover in a large barn decorated with the maypole, colourful bunting and greenery while medieval enactment group, Teulu, valiantly recreated a camp and staged a battle in an adjoining meadow. Village Alive Trust members dressed up in medieval costumes kindly loaned by Usk Castle Pageant.

Llangattock Lingoed church members provided teas and a bar. Local cider, perry, wine, Shepherd’s ice cream and farm sausages were also on sale. Stalls included hand crafted walking sticks; locally-made baskets; spinning and weaving; bee-keeping; Redcastle Nurseries, Monmouthshire Stone Candle Holders, net-making and photography.

There were demonstrations of sheep shearing, magical felting workshops for children and the chance to try archery. Visitors interested in The Village Alive Trust’s current project, to conserve the medieval corn barn at Great Tre-rhew, were able to see a display of photographs showing the work. The day rounded off with a Ceilidh featuring local musicians, The Skirrid Band, and a Hog Roast provided by Ogleby’s of Hereford. The evening was well-supported despite inclement weather.

The Village Alive Trust members wish to thank the Beavan family, Cross Ash School, Alun Griffiths, Adrian Cole, Michael Wood, Usk Pageant, Llangattock Lingoed Church, Sandy Ireson of North Gwent Archery Club; Gwent Beekeepers, Crucorney YFC and The Skirrid Band for all their assistance and everyone who provided an attraction or who attended to make the fair such a success.