Record attendance this year brought record profits. As always the organisers ensure that the profit is re-distributed to local charities and schools. Only a small amount is kept back to pay for the pre-fair expenses of the following year’s Fair. The schools receive money on a points system based on their input to the organisation of the Fair and on their ‘on the day’ support. Selected charities are approached at the start of each year and invited to give a ten minute presentation about their work. The Fair Committee then decide who the supported charities will be.

Apart from the schools and charities the Fair has always paid for a Christmas meal for around 80 of St Margarets more senior citizens. This year’s meal is on December 7th in the Winchester Hall.

Here’s where the £13,400 of the money’s gone in 2005:

Orleans Infant School £1600
St Stephens School £1600
St Mary’s School £900
Orleans Park School £2400
Richmond Talking Newspaper £1000
Centre 32 (MIND) £1600
Crofters £1600
Richmond Carers £1600
Friends of Oak Lane £100
Marble Hill Playcentres £500
Radio West Middlesex £500

Next year’s fair will be on Saturday July the 15th. If you’re interested in having a stall next year, please contact Julia Kirkpatrick on 020 8241 1042.

— from the St Margarets’ Fair Committee