May Day celebrations at Shropshire hotel to raise funds for local church

A traditional May Day Fayre will take place at a Shropshire hotel to raise much-needed funds for a county church.

The event on May 6 (Bank Holiday Monday) will celebrate a great British tradition with a day out for all the family at The Wroxeter Hotel, between Shrewsbury and Telford.

All funds raised will go to St Mary the Virgin, Eaton Constantine’s parish church.

“It will include traditional May Day fun,” said Hannah Hall of The Wroxeter Hotel. “We have hosted the event for three years now and it’s always been very popular.

“We’re excited to have it here again and we’re really hoping for some sunny weather so we can have some fun games outside.”

Activities at the fayre will include a lucky dip for children as well as numerous stalls, including antiques and bric-a-brak, cakes, tombola and plants.

There will also be a hot-dog stand and other refreshments.

Louise Howard, secretary of St Mary the Virgin, said it would be a fun day out for all the family.

“Last year it was very successful and we raised about £600 for the church. The Wroxeter Hotel did not charge us to use the hotel so that was very generous.”

Mrs Howard said St Mary the Virgin is a beautiful church but expensive to maintain.

“We have to pay the diocese £5,000 every year and we do not get a big congregation.

“Our treasurer says it costs £200 a week to keep the church open.

 “The village doesn’t have a pub or a shop so it’s just the village hall and church as communal meeting places so we need to keep both open,” she said.

For more information about the May Day Fayre, which will run from 11am to 4pm, contact The Wroxeter Hotel on (01743) 761256, email [email protected] or see the website at