2014 British Birdfair
And so another British Birdwatching Fair has passed, and Birding For All had their usual pitch (if not set up in the usual way), here are the results of the raffle, funds raised and some photos for you to enjoy, as well as some details on what happened.
Our New Set-up
This year with new blood on the stand we did away with the ‘closed off behind tables’ look and went all out to practice what we preach and remove our barriers! Rather than us sitting behind desks, everyone was able to come in and speak to us when they wanted, and we all pitched in selling raffle tickets and books, it was a much more open Birding For All stand this year! It was, we think appreciated and we certainly enjoyed being more accessible.
Raffle Ticket and Book Sales
Our sales of raffle tickets were unfortunately down on previous years -we hope next year to sell much more and sell before the event online, so get your cheque books out now! On the other hand our Book sales did much better than ever before, the break down is as follows:
- Book sales: £500.00 (last year £324.00) up £176
- Raffle: £366.75 (last year £500.00) down £133
- Donations: £527.90 (last year £214) up £314
An increase of £357 from last year so the BBF was a sucess as a fund raiser as well as our main ‘shop window’.
The raffle once again offered fabulous prizes. Swarovski donated superb binoculars, Opticron gave us a telescope travel kit to raffle and ‘Griff’ Griffiths (twice ‘artist of the year’) gave us a superb painting of Long-tailed Tits, Mark Avery gave us a T-Shirt celebrating Hen harriers and a dozen authors gave us signed copies of their books. As always we want to publicly thank them all for their wonderful support.
- 1st – Ticket No.0566 – Mrs. S. Arlow (Swarovski Bins)
- 2nd – Ticket No.0372 – Neil Glenn (Opticron Scope)
- 3rd – Ticket No.0363 – Gary Carter (Original Watercolour)
- 4th – Ticket No.0363 – Graham Jones (Signed Books)
- 5th – Ticket No.0400 – R Keye (Hen Harrier Day T-Shirt)
Bird Fair Photos:
Below is a pictorial record of some of the well-known visitors to our stand, most of whom are patrons! But we start with the BFA team (minus Ashley Beolens who took the photo) all ready for three days hard work.
Thank you to all our patrons who stopped by, all our members who came for a visit, anyone who shared our twitter and facebook messages and above all anyone who entered our draw, donated money or bought a book, we appreciate all your help.