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 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.
Social restrictions may have put a stop to this years Findon Sheep Fair in all its glory but the centuries old tradition was maintained in a truncated form on Saturday 12th of September in order to keep open a charter signed in 1261 giving permission for a sheep fair to be held on the second weekend in September on Nepcote Green.
Robert Harris, Harris Bros traditional Fun Fair, and Simon Stace, Chairman of Findon Sheep Fair committee, still had to open and close the event. There were a few sheep on the green from Graham Langford who has supplied some sheep on the green for the last 15 years.
After our meeting on the 18th June 2020 the Sheep Fair Committee regret to announce, with heavy hearts, that we have cancelled this years’ Findon Sheep Fair planned for the 12th and 13th September 2020. The tradition of the show, over 200 years old, has made this a difficult decision to make, but the right one. Only once before, during the 2001 Foot & Mouth epidemic, has it been necessary to cancel the Show.
The safety and welfare of our visitors, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, and traders have been at the forefront of this decision as has that of the residents of Findon Village itself. With the requirements of social distancing measures, whatever they become, & the uncertainty regarding mass gatherings we felt it was impossible to safely hold a show of the same quality and standard that members of the community know and love.
We take this opportunity to thank all within the NHS, those key workers and many unspoken heroes who continue to work incredibly hard to help the country to tackle COVID-19. We must help them as much as we can, ensuring we are not causing even more of a strain on all services.
To all of our stall holders, farmers, judges, sponsors, suppliers and contractors; Thank You for your support and understanding throughout this last 3 months. One of our committee members will contact you via eMail or phone to discuss the outcome of this decision. Please bear with us, this may take a week or so.
On behalf of the Committee, we would like to thank you all for the support you have given us over the years. We are incredibly grateful to our supporters and volunteers, without whom the show would not take place. Preparations are now in place for 2021 and on behalf of everyone at the Show, dancing sheep and all, we look forward to welcoming you then.
Together, we will get through these difficult times – keep safe and take care.
Simon Stace, Chairman, Findon Sheep Fair.
“What was needed was not bravery, but circumspection.” H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds
Put it in your diaries: FINDON SHEEP FAIR – 10th & 11th September 2021
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