The countdown has started to the Long Buckby Feast, a series of fundraising events held annually on and around the August Bank Holiday.
The history of the Long Buckby Feast dates back to the early Middle Ages when the village was granted a charter for a market and two fairs or feasts, one in May and one in August.
This year’s celebrations will commence on Sunday August 17 with a dog show and craft fair at Cotton End Park from 12pm to 5pm. Admission is free.
This will be followed by a quiz night at Long Buckby Football Club from 7pm on Wednesday August 20. Tickets cost £10 for a team of four.
On Saturday August 23, from 1pm to 4pm, there will be a produce and craft show at the community centre in Station Road. Admission is 50p for adults and free for children.
The main event, Buckby Feast Day, is free to all and takes place in the Market Square on Bank Holiday Monday from 1pm to 5pm.
The festivities traditionally start with a short service and attractions include live music and dancing, fairground rides, Punch and Judy, bouncy castles, games, and stalls selling a wide range of food and goods.
Residents of Long Buckby are invited to bake a pudding known as a ‘Feas Pudn’, which is made to a local country recipe. The puddings are paraded through the Market Square and a prize is awarded for the best one.
Sara Jelley, a member of the organising committee, said: “We are hoping lots of Long Buckby cooks will bake a ‘Feas Pudn’ and bring it along to be judged on the day. The recipe is available from the newsagents or our website.”
The final event of this year’s programme is a concert by Elation Community Voices at Long Buckby Baptist Church on Saturday August 30, from 2pm to 4pm. Tickets cost £6 and £5 for concessions.
In the mid-1900s the feast was the most important social event of the year for Long Buckby. The celebration was revived after many years in 2007 and that year more than 1,500 people attended. Numbers have continued to grow ever since.
The Buckby Feast Trust was established to distribute the funds raised, which last year reached a record £11,400.
Every three months the trustees consider applications for grants from societies and groups associated with the parish of Long Buckby.
For more information, go to www.buckbyfeast.org.uk.