Covid-19: Berwick St John Country Fayre POSTPONED

Covid-19: Berwick St John Country Fayre POSTPONED

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:01am 15th May 2020.

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The biannual event, which raises money for the Stars Appeal, won't be going ahead in 2020.

The Berwick St John Country Fayre normally attracts thousands of people and last time around brought £51,000 in to the Salisbury District Hospital charity.

Organisers had been planning to hold their latest show later this year, but say they've had to make a 'sensible, practical and responsible decision' and calling it off.

Berwick St John Country Fayre 2018
The Country Fayre celebrates all things rural while supporting a worthy cause

The new date for the Berwick St John Country Fayre will be the 18th and 19th September 2021.

The annual Tractor Run, named the 'Grand Tour of Salisbury Plain', which is arranged by the same team, is also postponed for this year.

In 2019, that event raised £8,000 for the Stars Appeal.

The tour raised over £8000 for Stars Appeal
The Tractor Run has grown into a staple event to bridge the gap between the Berwick St John Country Fayres

Tim Mayhew, Chairman of Berwick St John Country Fayre said: 

"We are obviously seriously disappointed not to be able to hold this year's show, which would have been attended by thousands of visitors from across the country and Europe, whilst raising in the region of £50,000 for the Stars Appeal. We look forward to seeing you in September next year, if not before."

A statement posted on social media from the organisers says the coronavirus outbreak has brought 'strange times' for all of us.

But they've also said support for events in aid of the Stars Appeal are all the more important, saying 'Salisbury District Hospital needs our support more than ever, and we know we will all continue to so everything we can to help them to provide vital services they support across the hospital'.

Berwick St John Country Fayre 2018
The event will be back in September 2021

The Stars Appeal is currently running an emergency coronavirus appeal, to provide support to staff as well as maintaining services to make patients' stays more comfortable.

That's raised more than £73,000 so far, with donations welcomed through their JustGiving page.

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