On Tuesday, 4th October we attended a public meeting called to gauge the interest in running a craft fair over the 2017 August Bank Holiday. The room in the Eversley Park Centre was full and the people enthusiastic about such an event. In part it is meant to replace the Cawood event which closed after 35 years when the land on which it was held was sold.
The outcome of the meeting was that a chairman, secretary and treasurer were elected and one lady offered to help establish the fair as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in order to limit the organisers` liability.
Various people offered their services in respect of their expertise such as managing stalls, publicity and promotions, event website. Of particular benefit is the involvement of David (?), one of Cawood’s organisers.
Running the weekend is expected to cost about £50K with income coming from any grants that might be available from the parish council, sponsorship from businesses, stall rentals and admission charges (‘£5 per person for all three days, children free’ were suggested). Profit has been estimated at £30-£40K.
A celebrity will be invited to open the event. People were asked to suggest acts that could perform on the stage as a different programme is planned for each day.
We are going to discuss within our club how best we can support this event.
The next public meeting is planned for November 8th at 7:30pm, same venue.