NINETEEN years of Chapel Row tradition are being put on hold for 2015, after the committee behind the village’s fair dropped to just three members.
Since it was established in its current form in 1995, the Chapel Row Fayre, held on August bank holiday Saturday, has been backed by a committee of local residents which, at its peak, comprised 12 members.
It has attracted thousands to the village green, with attractions such as sheep and ferret racing, traditional fairground rides, crafts tent and children's entertainment, and has raised more than £160,000 for local charities.
Last year alone, the committee handed over £7,000 to West Berkshire Mencap, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Care, Riding for the Disabled and the Anthony Nolan Trust.
Despite last year being one of its most successful, attracting almost 3,000 people, it was put together by the three remaining committe members – Sue Glover, Lynette Maja and Alex Buckely.
With key events, including the sheep racing, not available this year, the team have said it is not possible for the three of them to organise the event.
Ms Glover said: “We are so disappointed to have to pull out of this year’s Chapel Row Fayre and let down our many wonderful charities and friends who have given up their time to help.
“Last year we pulled off the most incredible Fayre and everyone had a most wonderful day.
“We feel that this year we need to regroup, recharge our batteries and come back next year with a bigger and more successful Fayre. We will be needing more help and support for our 20th anniversary in 2016. Between the three of us it’s just going to be impossible.”
The committee is calling on anyone who could offer their services and support to help make the 20th anniversary fair the best one yet.
It plans to hold an information evening for people to find out more about the event.
Anyone would be welcome, from offering heavy lifting to car park marshalls and helping with the clear-up after the event.
However, what is most urgently needed is admin support in the run-up to the event, such as graphic designers who could help with leaflets, someone to organise and run the raffle and ideas to keep the fair fresh and vibrant.
If you would like to be involved, email Ms Maja on firstname.lastname@example.org