The 2012 Street Fayre was held on Sunday the 24th June. In a miserable summer (at least so far) the Committee were within a whisker of abandoning the event, mainly because the only field available for car parking was completely unusable (see the photo below). However, at the last moment, the weather forecast for the day looked promising, with rain overnight beforehand, clearing before the start, and the promise of sunshine in the afternoon. The Dorset Echo on Saturday included an article confirming that the Fayre would go ahead, but appealing to people to walk in, rather than drive. Greatly to their credit, visitors still arrived in thousands, walking from the Preston Road or elsewhere in Preston.

So the Fayre went ahead as usual, with a terrific variety of stalls, entertainments, food and drink; a great time was had by all, and a good amount of money was made for a variety of Charities. Thank you, everyone, villagers, stall-holders, entertainers and visitors, for making the event such a fantastic success.

The whole village was delighted that the event was able to raise about £15,000, despite all the problems caused by the weather.

Presentation

On Friday 5th October the committee of the Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre handed over nearly £15,000 to various charities. Sixty people packed the Mission Village Hall in Sutton Poyntz to watch representatives from twenty charities receive their cheques presented by Chairman Guy Bridge. Everyone gave an excellent resume of the work each charity does and telling all how valuable the money was to them and how it could well be spent.

The Street Fayre took place earlier at the end of June this year and it was as ever a wonderful reward for the all the hard working members of the village to see how well the money raised would be used. It is also with enormous gratitude that thanks go to the 5000 or so members of the public who turned up in support and ready to spend their money. Despite the loss of car parking due the waterlogged fields all around people walked from far and wide.

The Charities supported this year (see the photos for some of their representatives) were: WaterAid, Help For Heroes, Claire Clements Fund, The Fortuneswell Cancer Trust, The Lantern, Clic Sargent, Friends of the Samaritans, Julia’s House, Diabetes Education Centre, Friends of Weymouth Refuge, Coastwatch, Friends of MV Freedom, Cardio-Club, Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, Nothe Fort Artillery Volunteers, 2nd Preston Brownies, Weymouth East Scouts Group, Preston Pre School, Preston Village Hall, Sutton Poyntz Mission Hall Trust.
 

The Fayre

Here are some extracts from the Programme for the 2012 Sutton Poyntz Street Fayre, followed by photographs of the event. Click on the Programme pages for an enlarged version. For more, see our Facebook entry.
 



The car park field, waterlogged even after the sunshine
 

Some villagers and stallholders
 
 
Coats needed early on, but still lots of people
 
   
Lots of entertainment, including the Preston Pantomime Group
 
   
The Nothe Fort cannon
 
 
Children's entertainment
 

Craft stalls
 
   

A lovely sunny afternoon (even if still wet underfoot)