The Orchard Trust Summer Fair
On Sunday 9th July, the Orchard Trust held their annual summer fair. A record number of visitors attended the day service site in Lydbrook where, with the sun beaming down, they enjoyed live music from Which One’s Gerry and Lydbrook Training Band, a traditional Punch and Judy show, roaming reptiles, birds of prey and an array of stalls and games.
The summer fair is a great opportunity for the Orchard Trust to show the local community the smallholding site, with visitors getting to see some of the animals they have. It is also a great opportunity for them to promote the work that the charity does in supporting the involvement, independence and development of people with learning disabilities.
Many local organisations came together on the day to support the Trust. These included scout groups, Forest Lions, Forest Rotary Club and Severn Roller Torrent (a women’s Roller Derby league who play in Gloucestershire). These organisations not only helped with the stalls they also helped to showcase the new accessible pathways, in particular the Severn Roller Torrent, who put their skates on and tested the accessibility of the paths themselves.
The fair was a great success with more than three thousand being raised. The final amount will be match funded by Basepoint Chepstow so a fantastic result for the charity.
The success of the event will go a long way to enable the Trust to help people with disabilities to plan their daily lives and fulfil their potential.