MAY Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, will see the first ever 'May Fayre' on Headless Cross Green.

The event starts at 11am and is being organised by Headless Cross Community Orchard group.

The main focus will be a maypole decorated with ribbons with maypole dancing from local Brownies.

There will be stalls from small local businesses and community interest groups like Transition Town Redditch.

The event is free and people are encouraged to bring a picnic and blanket to relax and lunch on the green.

The May Fayre is the third event in the calendar of events on Headless Cross Green.

Orchard group volunteer Alistair Waugh said: “Our May Day event is true to traditional form. It's a community day for the people, organised by the people, celebrating the beginning of summer.

“We've got an enthusiastic team of volunteers raising vegetable plants for our harvest share stall.

“Come along and swap some plants, or donate some. It's a great way of getting your vegetable plants for the garden.

"Folks can also stock-up on homemade jams, jellies and chutneys. Bring out jars of your family favourites and share them.

Items will be in exchange for donation rather than for sale, to raise funds for the community orchard and wildflower meadow.”

There will also be musicians, a local beekeeper and Sarah's Feisty Flavours will be displaying some of it homegrown delights, many made with Tardebigge Cider.

Headless Cross Green has been planted as a community orchard over the last three years and the trees are local Worcestershire varieties. There are also Doddins, the famed Redditch apple.

As well as the fruit trees, volunteers are working to establish a wildflower meadow to encourage insects.

The orchard group does practical work on the green on the first Saturday of each month from 11am. Their next work day will be Saturday, May 5 in preparation for the May Fayre.

For more details, call Mr Waugh on 07751 305 654 of find 'Headless Cross Green' on Facebook.