May Day fayre’s community spirit


Local Councillor’s Natasha Summers and Graham Williamson saw off the mini-train by Tesco’s in Rainham on bank holiday Monday, that they and local resident’s helped sponsor, to launch the village’s May Day Festive Fayre.

Organised by the local R.A.V.E (Rainham Association of Village Events) group, thousands flocked to see the train launch, entertainment and stalls.


Councillor Natasha Summers said ”Many know the south of the borough as being the poorer neighbour that has been used as a ‘dumping ground for London’s ‘dirty’ industries e.g. landfill.

“Despite this Rainham is the oldest village in London, is host to the RSPB Marshes Natural Reserve, and has a community spirit that many in inner-London cannot match. In many ways a ‘hidden jewel in Havering’s crown.”

Fellow Councillor Graham Williamson added: “RAVE has being organising events for over 25 years now and has become an established feature in the area. They run two main events each year to help bring locals together as a community as well as contributing to the quality of life for all, something we as councillors are passionate about.”

The fayre was a big success despite it being the coldest bank holiday on record. Hundreds of local residents came out to participate in the events on hand and support the local community, including Havering’s Leader of the Council Councillor Damian White .

Events at the fayre included wrestling that was very popular as well as many stalls.

Local Rainham Resident Peter told The Enquirer: “The bank holiday fayre was great fun for myself and my family. It was cold but the day had lots of great stuff to see and join in on.

There were bouncy castles for the children, and princesses singing that my daughter really enjoyed.”

The annual event is always popular and even the cold and grey conditions didnt stop the local community from supporting the fayre.


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