Newent Winter Fayre – 11 November 2023

Our Winter Fayre is one of the big events of the year for us, where we showcase our projects and raise much needed funds in an enjoyable way.

Pat Skeet, with help from hubby Dick, has organised this successful event for many years, but they are now ready to move nearer to family away from our area. Pat has asked me to take on organising the Winter Fayre, and of course I said yes to such a lovely lady. I really appreciate her work over the years and wish to repeat its success. She is a hard act to follow, but I shall do my best to keep up to her standards and efficiency – so, thank you, Pat, for being an H&G Star and I wish you both a happy retirement.

When I first joined my local canal trust back in the 1970s, I wanted to be involved but was not confident to take on a big task. So, I put my toe in the water by helping our sales stand, knowing others around me knew their stuff, so I would not embarrass myself.

Subsequently, I have been involved in canal restoration (in a no dig way!) for many years and have found it very satisfying to feel part of an extended family all wanting to achieve a navigable canal in their area.

… so here I am taking on one of the big events and I would like to extend an invitation to new members of H&G, especially in the Newent area, to step a toe into volunteering, by joining me to make this year’s Winter Fayre another success.

I am happy to discuss possibilities with you before you commit but, please, give it a try? If you are a longstanding member who now has some time to help I would love to hear from you too!

I look forward to hearing from you by email to me at …

Ginny Birkett – 2023 Winter Fayre Organiser