This was the third summer fayre that the Stansted Business Forum has sponsored. This year it was particularly special as we had organised a project on the Magna Carta for creative writing and art with five local schools. Each school presented three pieces of art work and two pieces of creative writing. David Morson who is a local historian, had suggested that there should be four topics for primary schools and one for the secondary school relating to the Magna Carta. These were discussed and each school chose their own topic which included the reasons why the Magna Carta was produced and King John and the Plantagenets.
All the work was then printed in a booklet as part of the Magna Carta anniversary celebrations in Stansted this year. Barney Miller of the Design Mill who is a member of the SBF, printed the booklet and we have distributed them to the local schools. The booklet is absolutely fantastic with some wonderful example of pupils’ and students’ work.
We held the prize giving at the summer fayre on Saturday. Andrew Blatt, Chairman of the SBF presented prizes to the prize winners. Sue Richardson of Millways, Stansted presented prizes for Bentfield Green, Birchanger Primary, Forest Hall School and St Mary’s Primary School. Fran Richardson, Vice Chairman of the Parish Council presented prizes for Farnham & Rickling Green Primary school. Parents and head teachers came along to support the children and students. Forest Hall Park School also put on some lively entertainment as part of our Saturday entertainment programme organised by Jo and Steve French, members of the SBF.
It was a really busy and buzzy afternoon (held from 12pm – 5pm at Station Road, Stansted). We had over 2 and a 1⁄2 thousand people come along and it was very family orientated with bouncy castles, hook a duck and face painting. The aim of the fayre is to promote local businesses and we had a good local turnout. Local businesses included the Wood Grill and the Cork House as well as Stansted Chiropractic and Andrew Soames who provided some really good chilli jams and our early Bird coffee stall with Katie McBride.
Money raised will go towards promoting local businesses in our directory which is then distributed to over 3000 properties in the area. We are absolutely committed to promoting our businesses but to also link with our local schools and community.
We meet on the first Friday of every month at Linden House, Stansted and we have a good turnout. Lots of small businesses have benefited from getting businesses from others in the forum which has been a fantastic incentive to all of them.