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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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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 info@greenfair.org.uk by December 31st 2017.

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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 info@greenfair.org.uk.  Or if you want to find out more or discuss anything, please phone Herbi Blake, chair, on 07973 955429.  

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The 2016 Debate on Flooding is now on Youtube.

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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 glorious evening
(Thursday 8th June 2017)

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Things are taking shape…
(Wednesday 7th June 2017)

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WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY A BIG GOODBYE TO STUART AYLETT, who passed away Sunday 7th May.

He will be sadly missed.

Stuart was site manager for the Green Scythe Fair from 2008- 2014 and site manager for the original Scythe Festivals in 2005 and 2006.

Full of energy, Stuart always gave his all and tackled the challenges of putting on an event with practical know-how, enthusiasm, sagacity, integrity and above all laughter and humour.

His spirit will always be at the GSF.
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Recent photos of the site (May 2017)

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Green Scythe Fair 2017

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In these changing times the Green Scythe Fair stands as a model of consistency, sustainability and environmental wellbeing; something stable in a changing world. This year it is on Sunday 11 June. The grass should have reached its peak, the scythes should be honed to perfection and the stalls, activities, catering and entertainment will again provide excellent stimulation, education and enjoyment to suit all tastes.  

The Green Scythe Fair experience should start with the journey to get there. As a Green Fair, we aim to minimise our carbon footprint, but easily the biggest carbon emissions come from those of our visitors whose journeys are made by car. That is why we have decided this year to charge £5 per 4-wheeled vehicle (plus £5 per person). Therefore, if you can, please car-share or come by foot or bicycle - there’s more information, contacts and routes available on our website, www.greenfair.org.uk.  

Or you could even come by water – the River Parrett runs close by and is easily navigable by canoe or other small craft.

The Fair encircles the Southwest Scything Championships going on through the afternoon. Around this are stalls of every green and environmental persuasion, tools and green crafts, ethical food and drink, the Green Kidz play area, two music stages, workshops and more. The lunchtime debate this year is aptly, 'Carbon Neutral Communities' with fine speakers Peter Harper of Zero Carbon Britain, Anna Francis of Frome Town Council and Sonya Bedford, head of Renewable Energy at Stevens Scown LLP.

Run by volunteers, we always need more volunteers to help on the day.  Would you like to be “part of it”? Then please sign up as a volunteer and be part of the team that puts on this fabulous event, which is “probably the most enjoyable, and authentic, country fair in all England”! Please email 
volunteer@greenfair.org.uk

11th June – best put the date in your diary now, start planning how you will get there, and please do consider helping as a volunteer – free entry plus a free drink for 2 hours, plus a free meal for 4 hours.  
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The Green Scythe Fair site in November 2016 with the first floods of the winter

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The tents and compost loos are going up and we have our trusted 4 legged friends and their new cart from Tinkers Bubble helping to move things in to set up this year as well as an electric van charged via the sun to reduce our carbon foot print.... so make sure you come on Sunday via your 2 legs (on bike or hike) or fill a vehicle to keep the CO2 of the event low! (10th June 2016)
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Recent photographs of the site (May 2016)
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GETTING THE WAGON READY FOR THIS YEAR’S FAIR
Tom and Bobby doing some repairs (grinding, welding, painting) to the wagon we plan to use with our horses Charlie and Jim.
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DONATIONS (2014)
At the AGM of The Community Green Fair (the official name of the the Green Scythe Fair) held on 23rd October 2014, the Treasurer announced a sufficient surplus and it was agreed that donations be made to four local good causes that shared the same ethos of environmental sustainability. These were:   
  • Transition Langport: £200 to buy eco reusable shopping bags for their Elderflowers Food Coop Visit their website
  • Willis Lane Sustainability Centre: £600 for a tarpaulin cover for their polytunnel meeting space used for courses, education and workshops Visit their website
  • Frack Free Somerset: £200 Visit their website
  • Purple Field Productions: £500 for their education films and peddle-powered cinemas working with communities in remote places world wide (current priority Sierra Leone and Ebola) Visit their website
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