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Holnest Country Fayre

Holnest Country Fayre 24th & 25th September 2016  


Holnest Fayre Preparations are well underway.

Preparations are well underway for the 5th Holnest Coutry Fayre which takes place this year on 24th and 25th September at its usual site at Rylands Farm in Holnest.

The organisers are hoping that the relatively poor Summer so far means that we might enjoy an Indian Summer and be blessed with some good weather. Last year’s Fayre enjoyed some amazing sunshine despite some fairly heavy rain leading up to the event.Ticket prices have been frozen at last year’s levels - £5 per adult and free for children.

As usual the event offers lots to do and see from displays in the main arena such as dog display, falconry, along with vintage working farm machinery, classic cars, stalls offering locally produced foods, crafts and bric-a-brac, bouncy castles for the youngsters and a wide range of music in the beer tent. The amazing model helicopters will be whizzing around the field again, look out for the flying caravan!

As always proceeds from the Fayre go to Future Roots that operates from two sites in Dorset, one at Rylands Farm in Holnest the other from Whitfield near Dorchester, helping youngsters build resilience from the programmes on offer and helping them to progress and achieve their potential.

Future Roots also run programmes for those aged 60+ from both sites, which are known as The Countrymen’s Club and The Countrywomen’s Club.

Activities are very broad ranging and include working with animals and spending time touring the farm and discussing changes, through to picking fruit or vegetables and then cooking a meal to be shared. Other activities include art therapy, traditional songs and poems, general woodwork or small building projects.

As usual the Fayre looks like being a great event for all. If you’d like to exhibit, volunteer or would just like more information then please contact James O’Brien on 07775 825771 / james@futureroots.net




The Holnest Country Fayre 2015

It was another busy weekend at Rylands Farm near Sherborne as more people than ever flocked to this weekend’s fourth annual Holnest Country Fayre.

Fun favours the bold it seems as those who were undeterred by some muddy parking conditions were rewarded by a huge amount to see and do including falconry, working vintage steam machinery, model helicopters, sheep shearing, competitive chainsaw wood carving, dog agility and working heavy horses.

Stour Vale Dog Training Club carried out am amazing Dog Agility display both days where they displayed the skills of the dogs and owners in the club, they also done an amazing public participation sessions.

We had our first steam engine at the event and also traditional fair ground organ playing traditional tunes throughout the day

As always, the Fayre had loads for children, from the most enormous inflatable slide and a huge bouncy castle to face painting, donkey rides and of course the ice creams and hook-a-duck along with an extreme bungy trampoline which looked rather scare to go on!!

this year we had some real local skills being demonstrated by a local Thatcher, Blacksmith & Oxford Bakery with the traditional bread oven,

Abbey Radio also based them selves at the event over the weekend broadcasting live to the local community all the updates as the event progressed, they also broadcast live Holwell Choir, perhaps they will be on the next Britain's Got Talent? so big thank you to Abbey FM for their support.

We had the Legendary Rick Willis with his Public Announcement system broadcasting to everyone across the show, keeping everyone informed of what was going on

James O’Brien, of Future Roots the not for profit organisation that will benefit from any money raised, said: “We are fantastically lucky to have such a great team organising the Fayre and all of us at Future Roots are very grateful to the many people involved and the good will and generosity of our helpers and visitors who helped to make it such a fun weekend.

We would like to send out a massive thank you to Kate & Maurice Evans who are now standing back from the full on organisation of the show to pursue some well earned travelling around the world, Kate & Maurice have been instrumental in making the show what it is today, and have promised to keep in touch and support us as mentors

Future Roots provides stability and direction to young and older people from Dorset and Somerset when they need it the most. Over 150 people a week benefit from the services they offer. It’s been a busy year for Future Roots with the opening of a second site in Dorchester and an appearance on ITV’s Surprise Surprise for Julie Plumley, the founder and manager of Future Roots.

Julie Plumley was also quick to thank Olympic Gold medallist Peter Wilson for making an appearance: “it was fantastic of Peter to come along and meet so many of the visitors. It’s very kind of him to do so much for the local community and we’re naturally very grateful. His debut at the dog agility course with Rabbit was impressive and we’ll be watching out for them at Crufts!”

James added “We are still tallying final amounts which are circa £5.5K, but still need to finalise once all the on costs are paid out which hopefully will make this a record amount of money which we will use to help yet more people access Future Roots’ services. Thank you everyone.”

Planning for next year’s Fayre begins almost straight away with the sound of the music from the beer tent still ringing in the organisers’ ears. If you’d be interested in getting involved in some capacity or would like to have a stand at the show then you can write to James O’Brien at: james@futureroots.net