EPSOM BOOK FAIR 2018

Epsom Methodist Church

CHARITY BOOK FAIR 2018

Amazingly 2018 was yet another record year for the Book Fair.

We raised £37,688 up from £36,002 last year. We sold over 2,700 tickets to the fair and with the students and children who are allowed free entry we had over 3,000 people visit the fair which was again over 10% up on the previous year. This year the visitors were more evenly spread over the three days of the fair rather than the crowd we had on the Thursday morning last year, although the starting queue was just as large.

We also had more books delivered than ever and probably had almost 80,000 books to sort. We cannot display much more than about 60,000 books so the increased numbers proved a real challenge.

We had more help from members of Epsom Methodist Church than we have done in previous years which was very welcome and is reflected in the increased contribution the fair is making towards the fund for the Children and Family Worker.

However, we could not do without the help of the charities who particularly provide help during the general sorting in the Youth Hall to whom we have made donations as set out below. In addition, we had a new layout in the church as we used Roots as the café which took up the back of the church rather than the lower lounge. This worked very well and the gross takings from the café over the fair were increased as well as providing a very good opportunity to promote Roots to many who had not previously visited it.

The new layout using the lower lounge and the crèche room proved a success as did the new display arrangements in the Hartley room. As a result, for instance, we sold more Cookery, Health and Wellbeing, Religious and Poetry & Drama books than we have done in previous years. However, overall, we only sell about one third of the books we receive and we need a dealer to provide a 40-tonne articulated lorry to take the books away at the end of the fair.

This year the dealer, who we had used previously and had agreed to continue to do so this year, told us the day before we starting sorting that he was unable to take the residue for resale. This gave us considerable concern, but we finally agreed, a week later(!) with a dealer, who had been recommended, that they would take the books on the Saturday evening.

The Scouts then did a superb job in almost completely filling the lorry he provided with all the unsold books, despite the lorry arriving late.

The donations which we are making this year are:

Action for Children £7,850

EMC Family Worker £6,750

Scouts £6,500

Guides £2,000

Hope4Malawi £3,200

Rainbow Trust £1,850

PHAB £1,750

Epsom Food Bank £2,500

Garden Route Children’s Trust £900

We again provided books to support the development of Libraries in Malawi which the volunteers from Hope4Malawi help build.

Finally, we could not run the fair without the help of so many volunteers who willingly give their time and expertise.

Huge thanks go to all of them for making this another successful event.

Both Jacqui and I look forward to planning for next year’s fair.

Andrew Jennings and Jacqui Raggett

Photographs with thanks to Pat Lavers and Cliff Douthwaite

The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell Councillor Liz Frost

The Scouts did a superb job in almost completely filling the lorry  provided with all the unsold books,

despite the lorry arriving late.

Huge thanks go to all of them for making this another successful event.

Both Jacqui and I look forward to planning for next year’s fair.

Andrew Jennings and Jacqui Raggett

 

In addition, we had a new layout in the church as we used Roots as the café 

This worked very well and the gross takings from the café over the fair were increased as well as providing

 a very good opportunity to promote Roots to many who had not previously visited it.

Well done everybody. What a great few days - over 2750 paying customers,

that is 250+ more than last year, many returned several times and children and students came in free!

The Book Fair Closed at 4.00 and within an hour and a half the building was cleared and cleaned and ready for worship tomorrow.

Over £37,500 raised for charity.

So much hard work, effort, patience, kindness and fun - great team work.

Judith Wakelin

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