Banstead Village Fair
The Banstead Village Fair on 7 August was yet another success this year with 24 stall holders representing a wide variety of local charities and organisations. The Orchard was colourfully set out with tombolas, raffles, bric-a-brac, cakes and many tables giving information to the members of the public. Surrey Fire & Rescue and Surrey Police (Reigate Beat) provided a Fire Engine and Police Car at nearby Christ Church which were a big attraction for the younger visitors as usual!
The event was opened by the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Cllr. Jill Bray accompanied by her husband the Mayoral Consort Richard Mantle and Deputy Mayor Cllr. Rachel Turner. President John Hannam welcomed her and guided her around the stalls. In her opening speech she recognised the importance of the event in raising the profile of local groups and congratulated Rotary on the organisation of the event!Banstead Rotary worked collaboratively with Banstead Business Guild and Banstead Village In Bloom whose horticultural volunteers made the village displays sparkle! The Banstead High Street shop owners all joined in with competitions and events from the Banstead Library along to Christ Church, and, up as far as Waitrose to coordinate the date and to celebrate our return to normality, as well as to support our local community businesses.
A large crowd gathered to hear the Show Choir perform in their inimitable fashion with popular songs from the shows.The public turned up and were not put off by a challenging weather front delivering periodic heavy showers.
The Rotary Raffle was well supported and we were very grateful to ASDA Burgh Heath for donating most of the prizes. The Rotary Stalls: Book & CD Stall, and Games were busy all day. We look forward to 2022!