The RCLP Vintage, Antiques and Collectables Fair

The next Fair will be held on Saturday 10 March 2018

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A Brief History of the RCLP Vintage, Antiques and Collectables Fair

In 2000, the incoming Club President, Rtn. David Connolly was wondering what fund raising events could take place in his Presidential year, when attending an Antique & Collectors Fairs with his my wife, he wondered if it might be relatively easy to organise and run a similar event to raise funds within the Club.

He was further inspired by his wife Undine attending antique classes and taking him along to other Antique fairs. Discussing the possibility with Undine’s  antique class lecturer, it became more of a reality as Undine felt that there could be a number of people in her class who would be interested in hiring a table. David then scoured the area circulating information to Antique shops and other fairs, ending up with a number of people and shops who were interested in renting a table.

The first fair was held in March 2000 and was a moderate success. Since then the events have grown substantially and now we have around 40 tables at each fair. 

Fairs are held in March and October/November each year and we have now successfully run over 35 Fairs, and these events have become a firm commitment in the Langley Park Rotary Club’s calendar.  Proceeds are generally split 50% to the Charity Account of our Rotary Club and 50% to Deaf Access, a local Charity for the Deaf, who are based in the local Bromley area.

Two or three months before each fair over one hundred potential stallholders are circulated with letters and the bookings come back over the followings weeks. The stallholders pay rent for their tables, whilst Fair Visitors are charged a small entrance fee (as at 2017 - £1 per head), and Rotarians provide and sell refreshments.

Rotarians of the club are great supporters of this regular event without whom the fair would not be able to function.  The one feature of the fair loved by the stallholders is the fact that there are men there to help them unload their cars and set up their tables and also to take their unsold articles back to their cars.  The club as a whole pulls together to create a very enjoyable fair.  Rotarians help set up the night before, help stallholders unload and set up on the morning of the fair and similarly dismantle at the end. They also clear up, undertake parking duties and man the door to welcome visitors and collect money. The comment consistently made by visitors and stallholders is that it is a happy and well-run fair which is only because of the support of the whole club.

Each fair, apart from the first few, has been sponsored by various local companies and as at the time of writing (in 2017) we have raised well over £42,000

 

PP David Connolly PHF