Earley Green Fair
On a perfect day in early August (not too hot and dry all day) we were at Earley Green Fair. The main focus of the Fair is, as its name suggests, Green things. So lots of stalls promoting the environment, animal welfare, plants, recycling etc, etc.
We had 3 spaces there selling our left overs from last year's Toy Project - those items not suitable or just a bit too scruffy or items that turned out to be for adults rather than for children - along with general bric-a-brac, books and a fantastic raffle.
Friend of the committee, Steve, also used a bit of our space to sell his jams and chutneys and then very kindly donated his proceeds to us - thanks Steve!
It was a very profitable day with just over £800 being raised and with £245 from Steve we cleared £1,000 for the day. We also sported our new gazebo for the first time.
We'll be there again next year so make a note in your diary for August 1st 2020 and find us by Maiden Erlegh Lake.
earley green fair raises £800
August 6th, the day of Earley Green Fair unusually dawned with clear blue sky and sun forecast for the whole day. Hurrah!
We were unloading the cars by 8.15 and an hour later we were all set to go with a good selection of toys, children's and adult books, adult jigsaws, bric-a-brac, children's clothes and a fantastic Tombola.
Our supporter, Seve Mardell, set up his display of delicious jams, marmalade and chutneys.
Business started early with brisk trade particularly on the toys, jigsaws, jams and books. Many people had a go on the Tombola and went away with brilliant prizes, although not always with what they had their eye on - although that often brought them back for another try! The sun shone, it got warmer and warmer, and the ice cream van did brisk trade with us taking it turns to seek a rest in the shade.
A great day with over £800 being raised with the money going towards this year's Toys and Teens. Huge thanks to everyone that visited us!
Earley green fair
First thing on the morning of 1st August some of the committee and a few helpers set up three pitches at the Early Green Fair. We had a books and bric-a-brac stall with items kindly donated by friends of the committee members, delicious home made cakes and chutneys which always go down well, a Tombola stall with lots of tempting prizes. One young woman dearly wanted to win one prize and was unsuccessful, but her boyfriend came back at end of the day to see if it had been won - it hadn't - and bought it from us!
A toys and jigsaw stall was a roaring success - with jigsaws very good value at 3 for five pounds. Young children rummaged through a box of soft toys and a box of small cars - one young lad trying out various small diggers and lorries on the gravel path before deciding which to buy with his pound coin.
The sun shone and the rain stayed away for a change, and an enjoyable and profitable day was had by all, with £671.50 being raised for our funds. A big thank you to everyone who contributed!
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