Goodbye to the Summer Fair
July 30, 2020
After 30 years of hosting the annual charity Summer Fair, Alice and Julian Kennard are finally taking a break. “It’s been enormous fun and fantastic to raise north of half a million pounds for local charities over the years,” says owner Alice Kennard, “but now feels like the right time to step back and to do something else”.
What started out with three stalls at the bottom of the front lawn has grown over the years to accommodate a dog show, classic cars, boats on the lake, fly fishing, ferrets, falconry, a food avenue and live music. “To run it for nearly 35 years with no major dramas is a massive achievement in itself,” says Alice, “and we’ve only had to cancel it once in all those years when we had four inches of rain on one day.”
None of it would have been possible without the many pairs of helping hands that have all played a part in the set up of the fair and on the day itself. Each year a committee has swung into operation, led by a team of locals and members of the charity benefiting from the money raised that year. Local charities have included; The Rainbow Trust, Yeovil Hospice, Marie Curie, Riding for the Disabled (RDA), and The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution ( R.A.B.I).
The Kennards would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the fair over the years. Do keep an eye on our events pages over the coming months, as we have a number of exciting projects and plans in the pipeline.