[T]he second Bampton Plants and Produce Fair in aid of Hospice at Home took place in Bampton Memorial Hall on 20th May.
The sun shone and the event was a resounding success, raising more than £3000 for Hospice at Home. A 50% increase on the funds raised at the Fair in the previous year.
Lots of local people came along and many others visited from further afield.
There was a fantastic array of home-grown plants for sale, the plants stall was run by Jeannie Murray, the wonderful Produce stall, run by Vickie Haddock and Jane Storey, was stacked with much home-baking, preserves, eggs and other home-made treats. A lovely range of hand-made beauty remedies created by Vickie and Jane was on sale as well as culinary specialities. The café, headed up by Hazel Eccles and ably manned by her team, served up quite delicious home-made food which went down a treat. Outside in the sunshine, a team of local chaps washed cars and there was a stall selling Dalefoot compost, not one bag was left at the end of the afternoon. The Raffle proved a huge success, with excellent prizes.
The organisers would like to thank all the local businesses and people who contributed so generously to the Fair: Beauty by Emma at Chiara Murtas Hair and Beauty, The Haweswater Hotel, Haweswater, CN Media, Charles and Juno Lowther of Askham Hall and the George and Dragon, George Bowman, T W Relph and Sons Ltd of Yanwath, Orton Scar Café, Orton, Christine Longmire of Rosgill, Ben and Charlie Morison of Bampton, J&J Graham of Penrith.
Many thanks also go to all the people who helped organise the Fair, to Dalefoot for donating their wonderful compost, to the Abbey Coffee shop for donating lots of scones and to the many locals who provided eggs, baking and plants, not to mention the Bampton Village Choir and Marion Jones, local harpist.
Cara Varty, Fundraiser for Hospice at Home said ‘We were absolutely thrilled with this most generous donation from the Bampton Plants and Produce Fair and we’d like to thank everyone involved with this phenomenal local event. Hospice at Home is a very fortunate to receive such kind support from individuals and businesses alike and we great appreciate the time, effort and hard work that goes into organising a fundraising occasion like this. Thank you!’
The Fair will enter its third year in 2019. The date for that will be Sunday 19 May. Make a diary note now.