Our 30th Binsted Strawberry Fair
at Flint Barn BN180LL, near Arundel,
will be on
Sunday 23rd July 2017, 2pm-4.30pm.
The guest charities we will be supporting this year are
St Wilfrid's Hospice and WaterAid.
Entrance £1, under 12s free.
Sunday 24th July 2016:
gave over 1100 people a wonderful day in the country
and raised over £6500 for the charities
The charities we supported in 2016 were:
Binsted Church Repairs,
Doctors Without Borders (for refugee aid),
and two Sussex countryside charities:
CPRE Sussex, and, South Downs Society.
The Strawberry Fair is held in a beautiful 19th-century threshing barn and the Strawberry Fair fields near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0LL. It is a great place to meet others who love rural Sussex, to buy donated local produce including herbs and shrubs from Binsted and Walberton Nurseries, and to enjoy a range of farming and local interest and craft stands. There are also Strawberry Teas, ice creams, childrens games, sheep and baby chicks. And some of Sussex's finest folk musicians will be playing traditional tunes in and around the barnyard.
This traditional country Fair has been put on for charities by the community of Binsted and its friends, for 28 years. In 2015 it raised over £6,000 in aid of Sussex Wildlife Trust, Friends of Chichester Hospitals and Binsted Church Repairs.
If you would like to offer to help or to donate cakes or books or other produce next time, or have a question or feedback on the Fair, please in the first instance email Mike Tristram and he will pass on your contact to the appropriate person on the Strawberry Fair Committee.
Please tell your friends about the Fair - and most of all, come along and enjoy its unique atmosphere in Binsted's amazing countryside. Countryside which is the haunt of dormice, Purple Emperor butterflies, wetland wildfowl, unusual wildflowers, and a community with great pride in our tranquil and beautiful place.
Who was at the 2016 Fair?
The South Downs National Park, which borders the Strawberry Fair Field, has been represented here since its arrival. In 2015 the Park stand showcased the traditional Sussex hedge-laying which Rangers and Volunteers have carried out nearby, on a hedge planted 12 years ago by a local community group (WAG).
The 2015 successor to WAG's work, MAVES, the Mid Arun Valley Ecological Survey group, also exhibited. MAVES aims to understand and enhance the landscape and biodiversity of this little-known area south and west of Arundel
Other first time exhibitors in 2016 were Forest Knights, who do nature awareness and bushcraft courses in Binsted woods, a pole lathe turner, the South Downs Society and CPRE Sussex; not to mention the magic pony/unicorn and the Green Man.
The Worthing Archaeological Society, who have been discovering buried stories in Binsted's countryside, also come and will help identify people's finds brought to the fair.
Save Our Strawberry Fair!
Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee also exhibit at the Fair, with an update on the work of Highways England looking at possible Arundel A27 improvement options. One of the possible routes for an offline Arundel Bypass could go through the Strawberry Fair fields. The community are counting on widespread support from the many friends of Binsted to support ABNC in opposing this route, so that Binsted's Strawberry Fair tradition can continue, and continue to benefit our charities.
Click here and email ABNC your contact details to keep informed about this threat to the Strawberry Fair; but don't let any such worry spoil your enjoyment of the next Fair!
Strawberry Fair Committee Contacts
Chairman: David Tristram
Secretary: Jo Withers, BB Kennels, Binsted
Publicity & Treasurer: Maggie Moore
Website & General Enquiries: Mike Tristram
Next committee meeting: 21.6.16, 6.30pm
The Fair is held at Mill Barns (Flint Barn),
Binsted Lane West, Binsted
Arundel, West Sussex