Saturday 12th September 2020
Festivities commence on Friday Night with a funfair on the green and Barn Dance in the marquee
Saturday is the fair itself with…
(Car Parking £5)
A selection of photographs from the 2019 Sheep Fair are now available to view on the website.
Go to the Gallery page, or simply click here
Countdown to next Sheep Fair
The Sheep Fair team would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s event, whether as a participant, volunteer, sponsor or just as importantly, attending what was a very successful show.
More details will follow soon.
Countdown to next Sheep Fair
The fair has been an annual tradition for 200 years, but could not go ahead in 2020. The only other time the centuries-old event has not taken place was in 2001, during the foot-and-mouth epidemic.
This year, to maintain the charter and commemorate the historical event, a short opening ceremony was held, followed by a closing ceremony just a few moments later. There were 50 people in attendance, instead of the usual 6,000, and just five sheep on the green.
While the fair has taken place annually for 200 years, its roots can be traced back to 1261 when a charter was established, granting permission for a sheep fair to take place on Nepcote Green.
The event has grown over the years and now includes a funfair, sheep competitions and stalls run by local businesses.
Hopes are high that the Findon Sheep Fair will return as normal next year.
With great regret, we must announce that the 2021 Findon Sheep Fair will not be taking place.
Firstly, we want to say thank you to everyone who gave their feedback and ideas on what our beloved Sheep Fair should do this summer. We read every message posted on our website and all the comments from the Findon News and took all your thoughts and opinions into account. It is remarkable to see how passionate the village is about our event, which we truly appreciate, and felt that we had to listen to the most concerned or worried about our Sheep Fair and Village Festival.
After careful consideration and countless chats between the committee, the council, and all involved, we unfortunately cannot find a way to make this year’s event a possibility. The safety of everyone attending is of the utmost importance, and with fast changing rules and guidelines from the government, planning an event of this magnitude in a short time is just not feasible, and keeping everybody safe and healthy both in the village and further afield is our biggest priority.
We are confident the Findon Sheep Fair will be back bigger and better than ever in 2022, and we thank you for your continued support.
Simon Stace (Sheep Fair Committee Chairman)
The committee met via a Zoom call on Monday night to discuss the prospect of a Sheep Fair in 2021.
Firstly, it is our hope to operate a show of some form. However, we do have a backdrop of Government and WSCC risk assessment requirements (plus Distancing, Hand Washing, Face Coverings and Track & Trace registration) to conform to. These assessments include the consideration of the local community, use of public transport, impact assessments etc. Event and Shows are only permitted to proceed once these assessments have been formally approved by WSCC. The requirements are unlikely to change or relax. The vaccination programme offers us all hope but it has just started and it will be impossible for everyone to have been vaccinated, twice, by mid August (giving a 3 week immunity development period prior to the show).
Our initial meeting has determined to investigate whether a cut down, open air, show is possible. The shape, format and viability has yet to be formulated. The one thing that is certain is that any show will not be a normal show.
As was the case last year the situation is ever changing, which makes planning difficult, we will ultimately be guided, and only be able to proceed, by Government and local regulations.
Further meetings are occurring prior to the next main meeting in February when we will issue a further update.
We are hoping that we will be able to go ahead with the Findon Sheep Fair and Village Festival in 2021, and will do all we can to provide a safe environment for everyone. The Sheep Fair Team will be closely monitoring national and local government guidelines and plan to meet next month. An update on progress will be posted here by the end of January.
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