St Bartholomew’s Street Fair is flourishing under the custody of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District. The two day event brought a variety of stalls to the main street and a shopping precinct in the town. In Falkland Square traders that included Ben Bryant of Boo Cottage Botanicals and Shelley Keitch of Shelleys Cottage Jams did a brisk trade selling handmade soaps and home-made jams. The Rotary Club of Crewkerne District pitch which doubled up as their headquarters, ran a draw with many wonderful raffle prizes and Crewkerne & District Twinning Association invited visitors to guess the weight of a bottle of champagne.
World Wildlife Fund representative Paul Squibb promoted the organisation’s work to protect the natural world and save endangered species and Becki Sutherland from Five Rivers encouraged people to find out more about fostering and its many benefits. The annual event is also known as Crewkerne Fair as it welcomes funfair rides and fairground attractions to Market Street and Market Square. President of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne District Martin Holley said: “Many thanks for all the hard work our volunteers have put in over the past year and all the hours spent over the weekend. You coped with everything that was thrown at you.”
According to the recent town survey, the fair is attended by nearly 90% of residents and as an ancient charter, is a valuable part of the town’s identity. The management of the traffic in the centre of the town, with temporary road closures and one-way systems is never an easy task but although road signs were much clearer this year, the safety plans in place were unfortunately violated by some pedestrians and motorists with dangerous driving bringing the one-way system perilously close to collapse at times. Apart from these complications, event organiser Sandra Shore said: “The fair was once again a great success. The weather was kind to us and on the whole the stallholders were happy.”
Holding the event safely is very expensive and it couldn’t have taken place without the kind sponsorship of A J Wakely & Sons, Ariel Atom, Bilbys Cafe, Crewkerne Town Council, Cyclelogical, Lidl, Numatic International, Oscars Wine Bar, Porthouse Technical Services Limited and Williamsons Solicitors, to whom the organisers are extremely grateful. Crewkerne Fair will be one of the Waitrose green token charities this month. As organisers begin planning next years event, they would like to remind everyone that their green tokens will be much appreciated.