Lions rule the day on King Street.
Although thought to be a little overshadowed by the Royal May Day event, the Lions Street Fayre is actually attended by over three thousand people raising money for many local and regional charities. For twenty years the Fayre has been successfully running with support mainly coming from Lions Club members and their respective partners.
The Fayre acts as a mechanism to unite many local charities, groups and organizations to publicly raise money and awareness to their causes. Other helpful routes to generate income for the event includes the renting out of stalls to local traders, not only do they get to help with the overall fundraising tool but it provides a simple platform for small businesses to sell their products.
Regular stall holder Lucy Farnon manages to sell every single crumb from the boxes of beautifully decorated home made fairy cakes. Lucy also makes appearences at many regional craft fayres and endorses the Lions stalls as this gives her vauable commercial exposure. In the past she has taken orders for parties, weddings and gifts as hungry customers crave for more of her hand crafted sugary deiights, although sadly we have learned that Lucy wont be doing any cakes this year, concentrating instead on supporting a family crafts business.
Libby Mooney (Girl Guides) has, for the past three years, been able to raise money with the sale of cakes and last year managed to raise £250 with thanks to the eager support of the guides. “I think they all like to play shop so we are never short of volunteers” Libby went onto tell us that “The Fayre is very beneficial to us as we always recruited well from it and it gives us a good profile”
The event is always held on the second bank holiday Monday in May and the majority of the town centre traders are closed for business. Shopkeepers are asked well in advance by the Lions Club if they would like to participate by taking a stall for the day. The consultation is also designed to win trader support for the event, by discussing stall locations and preventing any restrictions to shop entrances with stalls for those shops wishing to stay open.
Even though the event is well attended, the Club would like more people to help out by hiring stalls and broadcasting the message to friends and family. A call for more entertainments and games would be greatly appreciated as this provides a greater draw for visitors and the town as a whole.