Not everyone reading this may be aware just how much it costs to stage the Ferry Fair each year. In round terms, the cost of organising the Ferry Fair in 2022 (our first year back on the High Street after Covid) was over £27,000.
This level of cost does mean that a great deal of fundraising (including applying for grants and funding) is required on an ongoing basis to ensure that the Ferry Fair can be paid for.
Funds are raised in many ways, here are just some of the fundraising activities and things that helped raise money for the Fair. These also represent some of the ways in which you can support this longstanding and historical event. There is also the option of donating via our Total Giving link, below :
The committee would like to thank everyone who has generously donated funds over the years.
The Fair is organised and run by a team of volunteers and helpers, so all funds raised go directly towards delivering events during Ferry Fair Week and keeping these free and inclusive for all to attend.
An important and regular source of income for the Fair is from the programme – both from programme sales, but also income from the many advertisers who take an advert in the programme, some of whom have been supporting us for many, many years. Thanks must go to all our local businesses who advertise in the programme and everyone who buys a copy.
Jim Liddell Memorial Dinner
We have been fortunate to benefit from generous donations over the years from the Jim Liddell Memorial Dinner. This annual fundraising gentlemen’s dinner was first organised as a Ferry Fair fundraiser by the late Jim Liddell, a long-standing supporter and committee member of the Ferry Fair. Following Jim’s death, a group of his friends decided to continue the tradition and re-named the event in Jim’s memory. Over the years the Fair has benefited to the extent of more than £35,000. These dinners are organised every year by the Jim Liddell Memorial Fund Committee.
Drawn on Ferry Fair Day, our raffle is a great source of fundraising. Without the support of local businesses in donating fantastic prizes year on year, we would not be able to hold this, so thanks go to all prize donors, as well as everyone buying raffle tickets. For the last couple of years we have also sold raffle tickets on-line and will be continuing this year. If you enter, good luck…!
The Ferry Fair Bookshop on the High Street provides the Fair with a regular source of income and thanks go to everyone who uses the bookshop and contributes, but special thanks go to all the volunteers who help run the bookshop.
We are always looking for any new volunteers interesting in helping in the bookshop. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsorship of Events
A number of events held during Ferry Fair week are sponsored by local people and businesses. Thanks go to all these businesses and individuals for sponsoring these events, in some cases for many, many years.
After Covid we are now seeing our Ferry Fair Quizzes start up again, with a number of our local pubs kindly hosting these events. Thanks to the pubs who host these and everyone who contributes by taking part as well as our quiz masters, who do a great job.
The continued support of everyone in the community is amazing and remains vital to ensure sufficient funds are raised each year to organise Ferry Fair. As a committee we are grateful for every donation that is made.
In addition to the above sources of fairly regular income, and also recognising that in 2022 the Fair cost more than our income for the year and left us dipping into our reserves, the 2023 committee has been organising some additional fundraising events. As well as boosting our income and ensuring we have sufficient funding not only to pay for this year’s Fair, but also to have sufficient for planning Ferry Fair 2024.
All children selected to participate in this year’s Fair was given a Sponsor Form and asked if they would like to complete a sponsored walk (their participation in the Fair is not linked to this in any way, it is completely optional).
Most of the Main Court decided to do this as a group and when they undertook this walk, they also collected some extra cash on the way around.
This will be held on Saturday 10th June at the Masonic Lodge. As well as Afternoon Tea, everyone will be offered a glass of prosecco on arrival and there will be a disco during the afternoon. The Masonic have kindly offered to host this without charging their usual hall hire rate, and their bar will be open. Tickets are priced at £12.00 and available via Jane on 07554 007765.
Fundraising Weekend in Tesco, Ferrymuir
Over the first weekend in April we held a bucket collection at Tesco’s Ferrymuir and raised over £875.00 in cash donations in store. Thanks to everyone who contributed and came to chat to us about Ferry Fair. Also a big thanks to Drew and his team for allowing us to undertake this collection. We hope to hold another fundraising weekend before the Fair.
Tesco Blue Tokens
During May 2023 Ferry Fair was one of the options in the Tesco Blue Token Scheme in store at Ferrymuir, Queensferry Road and D Mains. Any sum awarded from this scheme will go towards providing entertainment during Ferry Fair week.