July 23rd 2017 saw the 30th annual Binsted Strawberry Fair take place at the Flint Barn, Binsted Nursery. The first Binsted Fair held to raise money for the Friends of Binsted Church was a “Country Fair” in 1983. The cost of looking after the small community’s 12th Century church, and the enjoyment of the community coming together to make this possible, grew, and the first themed “Strawberry Fair” was held in 1988. It is now a regular feature on the community calendar and has raised an astonishing £100,000 over the years, benefiting some 25 charities, many of them local.
Over 1,000 visitors visited our traditional country village fete this year, with plenty to keep them entertained, including book stalls, local produce, an animal corner, classic games such as ‘Whack the Rat’, folk music, raffles, bric-a-brac, refreshments, and much, more more. Both of the Tristramplants nurseries, Walberton and Binsted, contributed plants to sell at the stalls, entering into a bit of healthy competition to see who could raise the most money! The plant stalls were manned by volunteer members of staff from both nurseries and raised over £2,600 to contribute to the £6,000 raised this year.
For more information on the Strawberry Fair, and details on how you can contribute to this fantastic community event, visit Binsted Strawberry Fair.