When the FDG put out a general request for assistance and attendance at this year’s game fair at Blenheim Palace quite few of our branch members volunteered for some or all of the days. In fact looking at the list of attendees it seemed as if we made up around 50% of the staffing levels which was very creditable.
The main organisers were Chris Reeves and his partner Caroline and they did put in a huge amount of effort into organising the days, the rotas and refreshments over 5 days which is a lot for a 3 day show! A number of our boys did help them with the set up on the day before the show. Those who were staying over were allocated camping at a nearby camp site with a shuttle bus running to and from the show ground. So there was the additional effort of setting up camp plus food and drink. Here you can see Ken and Paul in their tent within a tent accommodation.
The Guild had organised a rota so that some would help with meeting and greeting the public, some would help children to learn to tie a fly, others were there to answer questions/problems and others demonstrated the craft to onlookers. The picture below shows John Bergdahl and Paul Aston doing their stint on the demonstration table.
The emphasis from the Guild perspective was of course to encourage newcomers into the Guild and to that end there were children’s tying tables prominent at the front of the marquee. Children in varying age groups tied a fly of their choice using materials generously donated by the sponser, Turralls. These were judged and prizes awarded on each day. Below you see some of that happening.
The stand was pretty busy for almost all of the 3 days despite extremely hot and humid conditions which led to plenty of sweaty Guild polo shirts! Caroline worked hard to keep everyone hydrated and fed for which we were all grateful.
Here you see Ken And Chairman Pete discussing what chef Ken was going to prepare for tea that night.
So all in all a successful event for the Guild I am sure with numerous new memberships taken out and contacts made. It was good fun to meet up with other branch members and we were able to ‘socialise’ with them in the evenings after the show had finished which was of course all part of the rehydration process!
Nice picture below of some of the members in their smart new caps donated kindly by Turralls.
So thanks to Ken,Pete Webb, Peter Major, Paul, JB, Charles, Tony Woods and myself for putting the effort in to support this premier event and thanks to those members who attended the show and who called in to say hello.