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Classic Car display 2017

Classic Cars and Vintage Clothing displays at Haddenham Fete

Brother and sister, Jerome and Olivia Flaxton are joining forces at this year's Haddenham Fete on Saturday 9th June to bring a new display to the 'classic' element of this wonderful village event.

Following the success of the last three Classic Car displays at Manor Farm, Jerome is hoping for another great turnout at this year's Fete. Since 2015, he has gathered together a fantastic and varied collection of locally owned classic cars, motorbikes and military vehicles. He's appealing to anyone with a Classic vehicle to get in touch.

His sister, 21 year old Olivia, who has recently finished her degree in History, plans to put together a display of vintage clothing in St Mary's Church as part of this year's fete.

Her idea is to create an exhibition of "Sunday Best". The content will depend on the items loaned for the day, but she hopes to showcase genuine locally owned garments, representing what parishioners would have worn during the 20th Century. Olivia is keen to hear from anyone who would be willing to loan a male or female outfit or accessories for her display and is also hoping to borrow mannequins to use for the day.

Olivia says: 'I've always loved collecting 'old things', particularly vintage clothing, and I'm a keen dressmaker. I regularly make vintage-style clothing for friends and family, as well as for myself. I'm passionate about bringing history to life, and I'm hoping that my display in the Church will be a way of celebrating local history as well as a chance for people to walk down memory lane!' Olivia adds, 'My bedroom at home is gradually turning into a museum so I'm really excited to create a display that goes beyond just the clothes, and really tells a story!'

Jerome says: "The last three events have been a great day as owners have been able to talk to other enthusiasts but have also enjoyed the fete, local open gardens, Scarecrow Festival and Bucks Open Studios too. The cars are a popular attraction in a wonderful setting and we are very grateful to Tom Bucknell for allowing us to use this space." Jerome adds: The Haddenham Fete is a huge fundraiser for the village community so we will be inviting visitors and vehicle owners to make voluntary donations towards the fete's charitable funds".

Vehicles would need to arrive at Manor Farm on 9th June no later than 12.30 and remain on site (due to moving vehicle restrictions) until 4:30pm. Jerome adds "Car owners attend at their own risk, but people really respect these lovely old vehicles and we will make sure there are plenty of us there to supervise and talk to visitors".

Olivia and Jerome are appealing to anyone who can take part on the Classic Car display or anyone who can loan items for the Vintage Clothing exhibition to please get in touch. For more details, call 01844 290900 or contact them direct:

Classic vehicles: Jerome 07818 557956 or Email: jdflaxton@gmail.com
Vintage clothing: Olivia 07554 663886 or Email: oliviaflaxton@gmail.com