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Green Scythe Fair Committee Seeks New Members

Following our AGM this year, we still have a number of committee member vacancies to fill. The Green Scythe Fair is run completely by volunteers - as committee members to organise and manage the event, as crew to set it all up, and as stewards and helpers during the fair itself. Committee members each take a specific responsibility and also meet together 4-6 times in the months leading up to the fair. It’s a certain amount of work, but it’s for a fantastic cause, there’s huge cameraderie and we have a lot of fun! The roles we are seeking to fill are: 

  • Secretary – arrange meetings, take minutes, help with admin and paperwork for the event
  • Funding Coordinator – advertise that funding is available, receive applications, review and recommend, liaise with applicants, seek progress reports
  • Bicycle MOTs – find and book bike mechanics, oversee set up (tent, bike racks, signs, etc), organise rota and coordinate on the day.  
  • Volunteer Coordinator - maintain volunteer lists and manage communications with them, coordinate recruiting of new volunteers, liaise with other committee members re volunteer needs and allocate volunteers. 
  • Stalls Manager – receive and process booking forms (review against ethical policy, H&S requirements, confirm/question/reject, etc), ongoing communication with stallholders, set up and allocate pitches, oversee stallholders on the day, trouble shoot.   (you will be able to shadow current Stalls Manager this year)
  • Gate Manager – set up gate infrastructure (gazebo, entrance layout, tables, signs, money pouches, counters, etc), coordinate the staffing of the gate throughout the day, oversee gate volunteers and collection of gate receipts, trouble shooting.  (you will be able to shadow current Gate Manager this year)

If you’re interested, please get in touch via to  Or if you want to find out more or discuss anything, please phone Herbi Blake, chair, on 07973 955429.  

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Green Funding News!

After a very successful Fair this year, we are in the happy position of being able to offer a limited number of small grants to local charities, community groups or businesses that share the same ethos as the Green Scythe Fair in seeking to make the world a more ethical and sustainable place.

If you have an initiative that furthers these aims, please apply by writing, setting out your proposal, why it merits our support and what difference that support will make.

Please send applications to by December 31st 2017.

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A fabulous day was had by all at the 2017 Green Scythe Fair.

Take a look at our gallery and our Facebook page to find out more.

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A round up of 2017 - Chairpersons Report

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Overview of numbers and
the general organisation

Review of key areas of the Fair: stalls, music, kids, workshops, scything, etc.

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Did you enjoy the Fair?
Sign up now to volunteer for next year (click on the button right to find out more)

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All tickets on the Gate: £5 per person, plus £5 per vehicle (two-wheeled and four-legged free)
Accompanied kids free! | Well behaved dogs on leads free*

Car parking on site (priority areas for disabled parking and bicycle parking)
Camping available (see: 
Thorney Lakes )
Come by bike to the Fair, reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy a free bike MOT (first come first serve - spaces limited)
EVs get free charging but please book when you arrive

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This is a magical one day environmental fair in a beautiful setting on the Somerset Levels run entirely by volunteers on wind, sun and muscle power. Excellent live music, over 70 stalls displaying traditional skills, crafts and produce, lively environmental debates, delicious organic local food, a variety of the best ales and ciders and a large kids area with activities throughout the day

The Green Scythe Fair includes the celebrated West Country Scythe Championship, known far and wide for the stupendous and often hilarious feats of haymaking by international scythesmen and women, who mow a swathe through the summer festival scene. It is probably the most authentic, and enjoyable, country fair in all England!

The Green Scythe Fair is run by volunteers – we take all reasonable steps to make it a safe environment, but we cannot be held responsible or liable for any loss, damage, theft, illness or injury arising at or as a result of the Fair, however caused. Children remain the responsibility of parents/carers at all times; please keep dogs on leads. Please report all accidents at once to the staff at the Site Info Tent.


The Green Scythe Fair venue is in a working farm, therefore we would prefer it if you didn’t bring your dog. 

Please bear in mind some children and adults are scared by dogs, so in a crowded fair this can spoil the day for those folks. 

However, if you feel the need to bring your dog, it must be kept on a short lead at all times - this will be monitored by Green Fair staff. All dog waste must be picked up and please use biodegradable bags so it can be composted correctly. If not strictly adhered to you will be politely asked to leave with no redress.

Guide dogs, of course, are very welcome.

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…Your fair reminds me of the old style festival, where people actually care about the environment and have similar ways of thinking to us. We met so many nice people and the vibe on the day was just brilliant.
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Scythe training course
Click here for more info

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