From the application date in February this event takes five months in the planning. Our stall is our main fund raising event of the year and is important as funds raised go towards the hiring of our hall, paying for speakers, etc. Other fund raising events (e.g. bring and buy, raffle and plant sales) raise funds towards your chosen charity – this year it is Merton & Morden Guild.
The day of the Village Fair was a beautiful sunny day throughout, to such an extent none of the visitors wished to go home and we were selling our last few preserves until 5.15pm.
The drama of the winds last year was strangely missed but this year we all had more time to chat and enjoy the experience.
The WI produce looked very professional, so many people commented on our stall. We had an excellent position this year as requested. Our stall was on the path leading to Cannizaro Road which means we had a good chance of being seen as people arrived, and better still customers were reminded to buy on their way out. We were near the Farmers Market which turned out to be to our advantage as our prices were very competitive.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who helped make our WI Stall not only successful but most enjoyable for all of us who took part.
Thank you to the COMMITTEE who helped me so much in co-ordinating our stall and for tolerating all my emails and attachments throughout the process.
A very special thank you to Angela who so generously offered the use of her equipment and arranged the use of Lower Hall Sacred Heart. Edge Hill. These premises enabled us to have a drop off center prior to the packaging that takes place throughout the Friday before the Fair.
Thank you to the Friday team who worked from 10am to 5pm packing and labelling all your lovely produce, and to Dulcie and Gillian who did an excellent job labelling an even larger selection this year of your preserves. And also to Val and Phil Barnes for providing the transport.
Finally a big thank you to all the wonderful ladies on the Stall Volunteers Rota List for the day, and to all who contributed with cakes, biscuits, and preserves. – I have had some lovely emails from you.
Many more of you provided produce this year for which we are so grateful and if we have reached our target of £1000 profit on our 6th year at the Fair – all credit will go to the ladies of the WIMBLEDON WI.
Thank you everyone and put in your Dairies that the 2015 that Village Fair next year will be on Saturday 29th June.
Wimbledon WI Stall Co – Ordinator