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KINVER ROTARY CLUB RAISES OVER £1000 AT KINVER COUNTRY FAIR


By Ian Maddock - Posted on 19 June 2014

An unusual view of 'pick a straw'.jpg
Kinver Rotary Club stall at Kinver Country Fair.jpg

After what seemed like months, but was only weeks, we finally managed to insert over 2,200 raffle tickets into straws. Arthritic fingers feeling the strain, we are all pleased that this annual chore is over for another year.Members responded as they always do with donations of over 180 gifts for the stall, some so good that we are keeping them for the Harvest Auction to be held on 6th October. Cakes made by Marion Rogerson were included in a double raffle at the Club, rather than used on the stall and raised an extra £23.The Rotary gazebos were erected under the watchful eyes of a 4 foot Tigger which was suspended, wearing a Rotary tabard, on the front of the Post Office. Just after 10.00am we were fully operational with gifts displayed and the first 750 straws in the tray and a quartet of Rotarians eager to assist the public extract the tickets with their pokers.Apart from the duration of the parade we were extremely busy all day until the final winning ticket was drawn at around 4.30. We believe that we have the best gifts on any of the tombola type stalls and this has been confirmed by some of our ‘regular’ customers who spend a considerable amount each year.Each Rotarian taking part really enjoys working on the stall with continual good humoured banter with the day’s visitors who appear to be aged between 9 months and 90 years. Our involvement in this event certainly helps to highlight Kinver Rotary and proves  that we believe in having fun.At the end of the day we have a fantastic result with a total of £1,035, more than ever before and in looking back we see that in 1994 we made £86, in 2004 it was £383 so 2014 more than justified the work involved.Kinver Rotary members were also hard at work manning car parks throughout the day, helping to ensure the smooth running of what is the largest annual event in the Kinver calendar.We cannot end this report without mentioning Margaret and Ken at the Post Office who provide great hospitality for friends throughout the day, without them it would not be quite the same as they are an essential part of the Kinver Country Fayre.

Roy Sanders

The pictures are by Rotarian Matt Pickett

 

 

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