I had the pleasure of attending the Umbrella Fair last weekend on The Racecourse.
Held annually, this year there were many stalls, stages and tents. The Fair is a great opportunity to get charities, voluntary sector organisations and good causes together, and gives them the chance to get their message out to the public, raise funds and garner support, as well as providing entertainment.
The Festival celebrates the arts whilst emphasising the responsibility we have to the environment, and the Fair itself is very eco-friendly. There was plenty of music, dancing, drama and poetry from local bands and artists.
- I visited the LGBT tent and signed up to their ongoing campaign to prevent bullying.
- I also visited the Guide Dogs tent and met old friends there, both human and canine!
- I also popped by the Sikh community stall, which was set up with a view to supporting the new Gurdwara, and I was pleased to sample some very tasty food there!
- Another stall I visited was the Whizz-Kidz stall which was being looked after by enthusiastic young volunteers doing their National Citizen Service. (Whizz-Kidz is a great charity supporting young people with disabilities. You can read more about their work by clicking on their website here)