Every year, for 31 years, there's been a Country & Craft Fayre on The Recreation Ground at Staple. These Fayres are organised by a small team of volunteers, the 'The Fayre Committee'.
The purpose of the Fayres is two-fold: They provide a value-for-money, excellent day's entertainment for the residents and neighbours of Staple parish - and they also raise much needed funding for Staple's Clubs, Groups and organisations.
Each of Staple's various groups formally applies for a share of the post-fayre profits. The application states how much is required/ what the money will be spent on / who will benefit from the donation.
For most Fayres, the Committee are able to fully meet all of the requests - but where this isn't possible, then decisions are made based upon the merit of each request. ( e.g. The number of people who will benefit from the donation / their current level of funding etc).
These events are a combination of many themes:
Rustic, rural crafts; such as trug making, basket making and weaving.
A Traditional Country Fair; with attractions such as Maypole Dancing, and Produce Shows.
'All The Fun of The Fair' type attractions; such as fairground rides, arena acts, clowns, hot dogs, popcorn, hot doughnuts and candy floss.
An Agricultural Show - with attractions such as vintage tractors, stationary engines and wellie throwing.
A Summer Fair; with face painting, a bouncy castle, refreshments and a beer tent.
A Fun Park; with sideshows such as bowl for a pig and stocks.
Plus, there are classic cars, iconic motorcycles, a Pimm's bar, live music, and loads more!
The 2024 Staple Country Fayre Committee: