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Hayes Fair ‘will end’ unless new members found

Hayes Village Fair at Baston House School

Hayes Village Fair at Baston House School

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A village fair which donates thousands of pounds to charities and community groups is under threat because its committee can’t attract enough new members.

The Hayes Village Fair, now held in Baston House School, Baston Road, may have to close next year unless “new blood” is found to secure its future.

Members of its committee admit they are ageing and want younger people to take the helm.

Last year the event raised £15,000 in “essential income” for local charities and organisations which will lose out unless new members are found.

Hayes Symphony Orchestra chairman David Thomas said: “We run games at the the fair and make a profit. It would be detrimental to us if it went under.”

The event first began in association with the Conservative Association around 15 years ago but for the past 10 years it has been under the control of the Hayes Fair Committee, with help from other local organisations.

Now interest in running the fair has waned and the workload is becoming too burdensome for the remaining helpers.

Stuart Howe, Hayes Fair Committee member, said: “We are desperate for new members to bring fresh blood and ideas.

“Without new help now, it is possible the 2012 Hayes Fair will be the last to take place. The local community will lose a long-standing and popular event and many charities will be denied essential income.

“It is hard work but great fun and very rewarding. We would like them to shadow us in 2012 and then take over in 2013.”

Hayes Horticultural Society member John Ruler, of Hilldown Road, said: “We benefit from the fair. We sell plants there but by far the biggest impact is the number of new customers the fair attracts to us. It brings in a lot of people who wouldn’t normally know about us.

“It would be very sad if it stopped. The fair has huge potential. I would ask people to play their part in the community. Don’t let this slip by because everybody will lose out.”

If you would like to join the Hayes Fair Committee, a meeting will be taking place in Hayes Village Hall in Hayes Street at 8pm on September 14.

n For more information email the chairman Alan George at alangeorgewilliams@talktalk.net.


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