Epsom Book Fair 2013

Yes, we did it again, but everyone involved - or just curious enough to ask! - will know that it doesn't happen without meticulous planning and dedicated hard work by a large number of volunteers. Including the street striders who push our eagerly anticipated orange leaflets (truly looked out for) through sometimes un-cooperative letter boxes, we reckon that well over 200 people are involved in our now pretty famous Book Fair. We had a few worrying spells this year, when donations were piling in, right up against our date deadlines and we were temporarily short of handlers and sorters. But the Book Fair spirit saw us through to Wednesday afternoon and we were ready for the invasion of the book dealers on Wednesday evening and the long queue in Ashley Road on Thursday morning. The camaraderie, the enjoyment (yes, honestly!), the fun, the job-satisfaction, and - let's admit it - the exhaustion, aren't quantifiable, but the financial result is. We raised £26,721, another increase on last year - a new record - some £1,500 up on last year, after expenses (chiefly paper for flyers and newspaper advertising) the money will be distributed to our chosen charities for the year.

The largest beneficiaries will be Action for Children, Action Duchenne, Epsom District Guides, with smaller sums going to the EMC Family Worker Fund, 7th Epsom Scouts and to EMC for our use of the premises.

All the organisations benefiting gave us some help during the Fair, and Iain from Action Duchenne spoke briefly at our Celebration Lunch about the research financed by this charity. A comment overheard on a train from London: "Are you going to Epsom Book Fair?" inspired our own song, to the tune of "Are you going to Scarborough Fair?" which we sang at the Lunch, accompanied by Martin Alexander on his violin. Ann Arthur, who organises the Book Fair refreshments so superbly, was presented with some 'thank you' flowers; one visitor to the Book Fair commented first, approvingly, on the refreshments and, secondarily, on the books!

We'll be back next year, when we expect the Zimbabwe Victims' Support Fund will be among the beneficiaries, as voted at the Lunch. We hope our wonderful band of volunteers will have recovered enough to be up for it again in February 2014 and we earnestly hope that there will be new helpers too! We need you! Please come to a meeting on a Saturday morning in November for veterans and novices.

With a big thank you from the Book Fair Committee:-

 Chris Betts, Janet de Bourcier, Audrey Oldfield. Jacqui Raggett and Chris Watts

Collection and sorting start

Sorting start


Sorting continues



After the Sunday Service The Big Move


The Book Fair Starts


The Rev. Nik Wooler and the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell

Councillor Christine Long was elected as Epsom & Ewell Borough Councilís Mayor for 2012/2013



End of the Book Fair - The Big Clean Up