Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 39

OUT & ABOUT Wolverton fun for all There was something for everyone to enjoy at the 12th annual Wolverton Manor Garden Fair, which raised around £14,000 for charity. Jugglers, dancers, wood carvers and even the famous replica of iconic film car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang were all out in force to entertain the thousands of people who supported the Fair, which is the single biggest annual fund raiser for Age Concern Isle of Wight. Although the weather could have been much kinder, it did not deter the visitors of all ages who accepted the invitation of Manor owners Dr. Mark Patterson and his wife Jane to marvel at the delights that were on show in one of the Island’s finest historic settings. Mrs Patterson said: “We try to keep the Fair quintessentially English, which is loved by everyone who comes along to join us. We have had several new volunteers come forward to make the Fair happen, which is fantastic news, and should ensure we continue.” Wolverton Manor was built in the Elizabethan period, so it was fitting that dancing from that era took place, while plant nurseries from the Island and mainland proved particularly popular, along with fine food, arts and crafts. 39