“A massive success” is how the St Michael’s Hospice Fabulously Vintage Fair has been described, attracting hundreds of people and raising over £6,000 for the local charity.
The event, held at The Mad Hatters Fancy Dress, Bodiam, saw a vast range of vintage stall holders in the marketplace, a vintage tea tent, the A21 Diner, classic cars, mopeds, Hastings Military Vehicles, retro inspired PT cruisers, traditional fete games and live entertainment throughout the day, all of which Bruni Llovet, Head of Marketing at St Michael’s Hospice, said contributed to making the whole day “truly fabulous!”
She added: “Due to the recent fire at the Hospice, this year the Fabulously Vintage Fair was moved from the Hospice to Bodiam which was a beautiful and magical venue full of character and charm.”
The event featured over 20 stalls of everything vintage including, furniture, homewares, fashion, haberdashery, jewellery and a vintage hair and makeup salon. The Vintage Tea Tent offered a scrumptious selection of home-made cakes kindly made and donated by Hospice staff and volunteers and Hastings Round Table served up a succulent BBQ.
Flower tea cups from the Hospice Flower Bay ladies and make up workshops by ‘Make-up by Linda’ were also available.
Live music filled the area throughout the day performed by Jiggery Pokery, The Rye Ukulele Experiment and The Protagonists. The Lindy Hoppers of Tenterden Swing also entertained the crowds to create a truly retro atmosphere, whilst Viv the Spiv compered the day.
The children’s marquee kept younger visitors entertained with a range of traditional fete games (with vintage prices), a Hospice sweetie stall and delicious plums kindly donated by Tibbs Farm.
Bruni says the Hospice was overwhelmed at all the support received in the lead up to the event and on the day. “It was wonderful to see so many people dressed up,” she said. “It was as if we had stepped back in time with many of the outfits complimented by wellies due to the rather muddy ground!
“It was a massive success and we would like to say a special ‘thank you’ to all the families at Mad Hatters Fancy Dress, especially Jen and Scott, who let us take over their land and gardens in the week leading up to the Fair and for making us feel so welcome, to the stall holders who donated items for our raffle, to everyone for coming out to Bodiam to support the Hospice, to Battle Photographic Society for attending and managing the Vintage Photo Booth, and Oliver McNeil from Legend Photography.
“We also thank Meridian Marquees and Ashtead Plant Hire Company and all our wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to support us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”