2016 Charities Fair Raises Over £5,000

29 Local Charities and Organisations, including a number of new ones this year, manning 37 tables took part in the Grand Charities Fair organised by Wimborne in Bloom and held in the Allendale Centre, Wimborne Minster on Saturday 12th November. Between them they raised almost £5,000 for the various causes they represented. Stalls included those raising money for Julia's House, the Samaritans, Wimborne Wagtails and the Cats Protection League. The Town Mayor, Cllr Mrs Sue Cook who opened the Fair also had a table raising money for her Charities, the Dorset Youth Marching Band, the Priest House Museum and Garden and the Wimborne Dementia Friendly Community.

Hamper Raffle

Jill Haywood receiving the second prize in Wimborne in Bloom's Hamper Raffle from the Mayor of Wimborne Minster Cllr Mrs Sue Cook and Chairman of Wimborne in Bloom Richard Nunn

Richard Nunn, Chairman of Wimborne in Bloom said, "that the poor weather of light rain for most of the day appeared not to put people off as we had around 600 visitors and we hope that the Fair gave the various Charities and Organisations represented an opportunity to sell their wares and publicise themselves".

Hamper Raffle Prizes

The Wimborne in Bloom Hamper Raffle Prizes with the Mayor of Wimborne Minster Cllr Mrs Sue Cook, Chairman of Wimborne in Bloom Richard Nunn (on the right) with from the left Committee Members Anthony Oliver, Terry Wheeler (Treasurer), Susie Gatrell and Val Whiteley.

Wimborne in Bloom itself had a successful table with four Hampers as prizes and also the proceeds from the entrance money. The overall amount raised for Wimborne in Bloom was approximately £1,000 (which is included in the overall total above). Two of the Hampers were generously donated by Edwards Estate Agents and Vines Close Farm at Henbury.

Our next fundraising event is the Pre-Christmas Coffee morning being held on Saturday 19th November at the home Anthony and Christine Oliver, 34 Park Lane, Wimborne Minster from 10.00am until 12noon. All are welcome. Next year's Charities Fair will be held on Saturday 11th November 2017