All the fun of the fair

By Mark Elson in Local People

RECORD numbers turned out for the Orchard Trust summer fair which raised more than £3,000 for the Lydbrook day service centre.

The sun shone as visitors enjoyed live music from Which One’s Gerry and Lydbrook Training Band, birds of prey, a traditional Punch and Judy show, roaming reptiles and lots of stalls and games.

The summer fair is a great opportunity for Orchard Trust to show the local community the smallholding site, with fairgoers able to meet the animals throughout the day.

It also highlighted the work of the charity which supports the involvement, independence and development of people with learning disabilities.

Local organisations came together to support the event, with help from scout groups, Forest Lions, Forest Rotary club and Severn Roller Torrent (a woman’s roller derby league who play the contact sport in Gloucestershire).

Volunteers helped on stalls and showcased the new accessible pathways, with skaters from SRT putting on their wheels and trying out the walkways for themselves.

The cash raised on the day will be match funded by Basepoint Chepstow, so a fantastic result for the charity.

The success of the Sunday, July 9, event will go a long way to enable the trust to help people with disabilities to plan their daily lives and fulfil their potential.

Cathy Andrews, Orchard Trust CEO, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved in our summer fair, volunteers, entertainment, stall holders and visitors.

“Thank you to everyone who helped bake, donated items, donated their services and donated their time to make the day so enjoyable.”

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