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July Newsletter

As I sit writing this, it has been raining hard (as it has on and off for several days) but I remain confident that the 26th August will bring perfect weather for the Fayre and Horse Show. At least the gardens are benefitting from this damp June…

Preparations are going well, thanks to the hard work and focus of the Committee; the Main Ring events are organized, stall sales/bookings are going well, the Dog Show and Classic Vehicle Show will be bigger than last year, the Bar, Tea and Produce Tents are all organized and sponsorship is looking good. There will be a new “pre-Fayre” event for children and we will be working hard to ensure that the Shop gets as much passing business as possible. Many of these things depend on YOU, so please reserve the day in your diary, come along to help with set-up and take-down if you can, but above all attend the event (including visiting the Shop) and support the Village and local community!

Don’t forget that the Horse Show runs all day (with refreshments available in the morning) and you can easily go between the two parts of the overall event across the bridge between the fields (no motor vehicles on the bridge, however!). There will be a very busy schedule at the Horse Show, including the gymkhana and fancy dress competition.

Grand Draw tickets are now available (see additional announcement for full details and how to get yours elsewhere in the magazine); prices and prizes are the same as last year (only £1 a ticket, first prize of £150, second prize £75, third prizes of £30 and fourth prizes of £20). Monies raised in the Draw go back into the Community and help fund our donation to Riding for the Disabled – great causes!

As with last year, we will be looking to use funds raised by the Fayre and Horse Show to support all aspects of Village/Community life, so we would welcome expressions of interest for new funding initiatives in the Village. Our default position is to use the funds to support the Village Hall (very important!) but we are also keen that everyone in the Village has a say regarding how this money can benefit Plymtree. To that end, please contact me with any ideas/requests/queries; we can help with developing ideas and suggesting ways to extend funding possibilities.

Until next month when the countdown will have begun in earnest!

Michael Gammage, for the Plymtree Country Fayre and Horse Show Organising Committee;