Banham Appleyard Fayre targets big charity haul to boost £30,000 total

Banham, Norfolk. Appleyard Fayre on Appleyard Meadow - Sophie Cargill with aunt Claire Ball listening to Story teller John Row ANL-140727-220242009
Banham, Norfolk. Appleyard Fayre on Appleyard Meadow - Sophie Cargill with aunt Claire Ball listening to Story teller John Row ANL-140727-220242009

Banham’s long-running annual fete is targeting a substantial donations haul when it arrives month, in the hope of boosting the £30,000 total it has raised in the last ten years.

Organisers of the Appleyard Fayre, back at the usual venue of the Appleyard Meadow in Kenninghall Road, have lined up a busy day of live music and family activities, as they aim to “add another good chunk” of fundraising, which will go towards two charities and a selection of local organisations.

Appleyard Fayre committee chairman Frank Foster-Wright, who also runs the nearby Banham Barrel pub, told the Diss Express: “The main reason every committee member returns year after year is because of how much money we raise.

“There is a lot of work for a very small committee and so helping people in need is what keeps everyone going.”

“Due to the uncontrollable weather, we have not made a goal, but a good fayre and a few thousand pounds raised and we will be happy.”

A full schedule of live local music acts throughout the day will feature bands like Chasing Creation, Easy Brothers, Late Brakers and Ludlam Pikes, plus solo artists like Matt Watson and Liam Harvey.

Other acitivites include demonstrations, dancing by the Kenninghall Morris troupe, arts and crafts stalls, inflatables, storytelling, a children’s area, a barbecue and a beer tent.

In 2015, the event managed to raise in excess of £6,000, despite stormy weather conditions causing significant disruption to the proceedings.

This year, the charities being supported are Norfolk-based social welfare charity Let’s Do It Anyway and the Phone Credit for Refugees and Displaced People foundation.

In addition, local groups, including Banham Community Primary School and the Banham Youth Centre will benefit from a share of the donations.

The Appleyard Fayre will take place on Saturday, July 23, from 11am until 11pm.

Admission is £3 per adult before 6pm, or £5 after, while entry for under 16s is £1. See www.appleyardfayre.co.uk