Donations from the proceeds of this year’s Rustic Fayre, organised by the Rotary Club of Verwood and held on August Bank Holiday Monday, were welcomed by local charities and groups from around the area, and the Rotary Club itself was in for a surprise.
The presentation evening, held on 25 November, at the Hideaway, saw £5,000 distributed to, amongst others, Stephen Lamberth’s School of Tae Kwon-do, Lifestyle Verwood (who host the Rustic event at Potterne Park), Cranborne Bowls Club, Arnewood School and Sturts Farm.
President John Wadge made the presentations before the tables were turned on the Rotary Club and to their surprise, they became the recipients of a £300 cheque. The donation was made by mags4dorset (publishers of Viewpoint and 4Dorset) to kick-start next year’s event, which will be the 23rd Rustic Fayre.
Viewpoint has been involved with the event for nearly 20 years and mags4dorset has published the Rustic Fayre programme free of charge for the last 15 years. “As a local company that recognises all the hard work that goes into this exceptional community event, we wanted to put some additional sponsorship into the pot for the next Rustic Fayre,” said Ben Pulford, managing director of mags4dorset.