Retirement of PAM & Ron Reeks from the organisation
of the Vintage Vehicles displays at the Rustic Fayre (Aug 2006).
It was back in 1982 that a young teacher and her
engineer husband, were asked if they would bring their vintage vehicles to a
Rustic Fayre being held in Reg. Day's field down at Ebblake. So Ron and Pam
Reeks turned up with a car, motorbike and lawnmower. This event was such a huge
success that it was decided to continue with the Fayre next year with Ron and
Pam organising a display of Stationary Engines and vintage Vehicles. That is how
their association with the Rustic Fayre began.
Within a couple of years the Fayre had outgrown
Reg's. Field, so the event moved to Potterne Park. By 1995 this enthusiastic
pair had organised a display of 37 Veteran & Vintage cars with 21 Stationary
Engines. They start soon after Christmas contacting the vehicle owners with an
invite to bring their pride and joy along to Potterne so that the thousands who
now attend this annual event are able to appreciate the loving care that has
gone into preserving these exhibits. This year 248 exhibits ranging from a Steam
Roller to Miniature Steam Engines.
After playing such a leading role since the Rustic
Fayre's conception twenty-four years ago, both Ron and Pam feel it is time to
retire and let others pick up the organisation of the vehicle display, and who
can say they don't deserve a rest? No words can really express the appreciation
of Verwood Rotary Club, the Town, and the many local organisations that have
benefited from the money raised, for their tireless work over the years.