The Sunday morning dawned with a warm blue sky accompanied by the occasional white cloud and a gentle breeze, ideal weather for the return of the Seaford Rotary Boot, Craft and Produce Fair after a long absence.
Government Regulations for the Covid 19 pandemic had resulted in four fairs earlier this year being cancelled. Therefore, there was a degree of anticipation for this first fair of the year. Discussions had taken place with Seaford Town Council and to manage the risk due to the contagion, a series of new conditions had been agreed.
There were stalls offering plants, homemade conserves, cards, clothes, jigsaws and other children’s toys, tools, jewellery and other collectables. The Seaford Rotary stall had a large variety of goods on offer, and in particular a large number of tennis balls, ideal for our canine friends to chase.
Martello Rotary set up opposite the Seaford Rotary stall and had their 2021 Seaford Community calendar for sale.
Items for sale on other stalls included a junior drum set, guitar, and amplifier – one household would be quieter, and others noisier when sold. Other unusual items included a collection of bowls woods, a brass statue of an Indian goddess about 600 mm tall, a portable air conditioning unit – extremely useful in the current warm spell. There was even the opportunity to sign up for welding lesson!
Entry to the Martello West field by members of the public keen to investigate the wares on offer was from the south-west access point to the Field (adjacent to Martello Tower), and they were required to follow the “one-way” system of arrows marked on the field to guide them around the stalls before exiting by the pedestrian gate at the north-west of the Martello Field.
The normal entry/exit point for pedestrians on the east side of the Field was closed. In reality, not all the public wished to leave by the designated exit particularly as the car park was in the East Field, and several were seen scrambling up the bank to the promenade to leave the fair.
Hand sanitising units were positioned around the site with signage encouraging their use by the public.
Many thanks to the public for attending and helping raise a total of £835.35 including the highest ever amount in the Donation Buckets.
more SEAFORD ROTARY would like to express its immense gratitude to those members of the Seaford community who attended the Rotary Boot, Craft and Produce Fairs in 2021, stallholders and the public, all contributed to making the fairs this year a great success.
more The sky on the morning of 19th September was grey and laden with rain bearing clouds
more IT IS A well-known fact that the number of stallholders at a Boot Fair is inversely proportional to the number and darkness of clouds in the sky.
more THE SKY was not laden with moisture-bearing clouds, and so on the first of the month it was possible to hold the first of two Boot, Craft and Produce Fairs in August unlike the July fair which was cancelled due to the forecast of inclement weather.
more A chill spring morning with blue skies greeted the early risers who made their way to the first Seaford Rotary Boot, Craft and Produce Fair of 2021.
more A BRIGHT yet chill morning greeted the hopeful vendors arriving at the West Martello Field for the second Rotary Boot, Craft and Produce Fair of 2021.
more The morning of Sunday 6th June dawned cloudy but dry. Before long, the Martello Field was invaded by stallholders to set up and sell their wares.
more An additional fair was arranged for 11th October, and although there was a north wind which kept the temperature cool for the early starters, the sky was blue, the wind light and soon a continuous flow of people arrived to investigate possible bargains.
more It was a cold strong northerly wind that greeted the stallholders as they arrived to set up for the second Rotary Boot Fair on the last Sunday in September.
more An early morning rain shower did not deter the eager stallholders who arrived to set up at the second Rotary Boot, Craft and Produce Fair on the Martello Fields on 6th September.
more The Saturday before the fair was warm and sunny and so when the morning of Sunday 2nd June also dawned sunny seventy-six stall holders were tempted to ply their wares at the June Boot, Craft and Produce Fair.
more A clear blue sky, and although the north wind was chilly, 58 stallholders were attracted to the May Boot, Craft and Produce Fair on West Martello Field.
more There were 55 stalls, down on the 79 stalls last year. Last year was, however, exceptional, in no other year have there been 55 stalls in April.
back Seaford Rotary is glad to be able to announce that Rotary Boot, Craft and Produce Fairs will take place on the West Martello Field on the following dates in 2022, 3rd April, 1st May, 5th June, 3rd July, 7th August, 4th September, and 2nd October.