It is nearly two years since we abandoned our old web site in favour of this new Blog style. We have received quite a number of comments (in fact hundreds and hundreds – but most of them were rubbish and ended up in the bin!!). Notwithstanding that, a number of people have requested information about their families who have had some association with Finningham. We have not always been able to help but we do, where we can.
We now have a group of enthusiastic amateur researchers, who meet on a monthly basis in the local pub, under the name of the Finningham Local History Circle. Many of the enquiries received through the website are routed to them.
After two successful events held on the Village Green (the Royal Wedding & the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee) the Finningham Social Amenities Committee have bowed under pressure from the residents to hold a repeat performance this year.
There was an old tradition in Finningham, which sadly stopped in the late 19th century, called The Pie Powder Fair. This was an annual event when a Fair was held on the Village Green. Not only was it an occasion when the villagers enjoyed themselves but it was also a meeting place there employers could hire domestic servants and labourers.
There was also a Court where persons of no fixed abode (rogues, vagabonds & itinerate musicians) were tried for minor offences. A note of interest to some and complete indifference to others – the name comes from Pied Poudre – “dusty feet”, the name given to such persons.
Although we shall not be hiring staff nor trying miscreants, we shall be giving the people of Finningham (and their friends and relatives) an afternoon of fun and festivities in an effort to recreate the Fair.
If you are in the area and would like to join in, please let us know through this website and we shall arrange tickets for you.
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