Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th February All Books to be delivered by SATURDAY No books accepted after Saturday 16th
BUY BOOKS: Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February.
Last year we raised an amazing £37,500 for five charities, our EMC Family worker and our Scouts and Guides. We had help from over 200 people. We had over 80,000 books for sale and over 3,000 people visited our Fair.
IF WE ARE TO REPEAT THIS FABULOUS RESULT, WE NEED YOUR HELP.
ADVERTISE THE FAIR BY TELLING EVERYONE YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR GIANT CHARITY BOOK FAIR DELIVERING LEAFLETS IN JANUARY
IMPORTANT HELP: COLLECT 6” DEEP FRUIT BOXES THESE WILL BE STORED ON THE STAGE IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY
COME AND SORT BOOKS: Wednesday 13th to Wednesday 20th February
THERE WILL BE A PARTY FOR ALL HELPERS ON SATURDAY 2nd MARCH
Collect supermarket sturdy fruit boxes (ones which are at least six inches deep). Please bring them to the church and leave them in the welcome area.
Deliver leaflets in January. People are on the lookout for our leaflets and we need to reach as many people as possible. The list of roads to be delivered to will be in the Welcome Area. Please take enough leaflets, which are in bundles of fifty, for the roads you choose. Remember to tick off any roads that you will cover.
From Wednesday 13th at 9am to Wednesday 20th come and help with sorting all the books we receive. We need as much help as possible, particularly for the specialist sorting from 9am on Monday 18th to 4pm on Wednesday 20th. There is no need to commit to a particular time during the sorting, just come and stay for as long as you can.
At 7pm on Sunday 18th help move the books from the youth hall to their sale positions. We need a large strong labour force for about one hour to shift books to the areas where they will be sold.
Help on the tills taking the money from book sales from the morning of Thursday 21st to 4pm on Saturday 23rd. Please let Carol Stringer know if you are able to help. Click here: Carol Stringer
At about 4pm on Saturday 23rd February at the end of the fair we need a lot of strong people to load the lorry which will take away all the left-overs and then tidy the premises ready for Sunday! All the books go to a dealer so none go to waste.
On the evening of Saturday 2nd March come along to a party to celebrate the completion of another book fair – starting at 7pm in the Community Hall, subsidised by EMC by way of thanks to all those who have helped with the fair, tickets will be just £3 each.
Andrew Jennings and Jacqui Raggett
Epsom Book Fair 2019
Book Fair 2019: Helpers’ Meeting 10.30am Sat Nov 3rd
We will be running the Book Fair for the 18th successive year over Spring Half Term 2019 from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February inclusive with donations for books open from Wednesday 13th to Saturday 16th February, but not on Sunday 17th. For those interested in helping or just finding out more about our Book Fair please come along to an opening meeting at 10.30am on Saturday 3rd November at EMC. With the success of Roots Coffee Shop we will, during the Book Fair, be serving coffee and lunch from there (in Room A) and, as last year, also selling books from the Lower Lounge and the Creche Room.
Last year we raised an incredible £37,688, yet again exceeding the amount raised in the previous year. We welcome as much help as possible from all members of EMC. In addition, as we did last year, we will be asking several external charities to help with the sorting. Action for Children and Hope4Malawi (St Paul’s Howell Hill) have already agreed to come along and we are considering adding another new charity this year. Just as important an objective as the fund raising is the demonstration of outreach which the Fair provides to the residents of Epsom and last year we had over 3,000 people visiting our Church for the Fair. We also had over 200 people helping with running the fair. Often people come back to help year after year because they enjoy it so much!
Are you interested in helping? If so please come along on Saturday 3rd November and find out how you can help with our giant Charity Book Fair, the biggest of its kind in England & Wales. You too can contribute to its remarkable legacy.
Andrew Jennings and Jacqui Raggett.
Book Fair Report March 2018
Amazingly 2018 was yet another record year for the Book Fair. We raised £37,688 up from £36,002 last year.
We sold over 2,700 tickets to the fair and with the students and children who are allowed free entry we had over 3,000 people visit the fair which was again over 10% up on the previous year.
This year the visitors were more evenly spread over the three days of the fair, rather than the crowd we had on the Thursday morning last year, although the starting queue was just as large.
We also had more books delivered than ever and probably had almost 80,000 books to sort.
We cannot display much more than about 60,000 books so the increased numbers proved a real challenge.
We had more help from members of EMC than we have done in previous years which was very welcome and is reflected in the increased contribution the fair is making towards the fund for the Children and Family Worker. However, we could not do without the help of the charities who particularly provide help during the general sorting in the Youth Hall to whom we have made donations as set out below. In addition, we had a new layout in the church, because we used Roots as the café area rather than the lower lounge. This worked very well and the gross takings from the café over the fair were increased as well as providing a very good opportunity to promote Roots to many who had not previously visited it.
The new layout using the lower lounge and the creche room proved a success as did the new display arrangements in the Hartley room. As a result, for instance, we sold more Cookery, Health and Wellbeing, Religious and Poetry & Drama books than we have done in previous years. However, overall, we only sell about one third of the books we receive and we need a dealer to provide a 40-tonne articulated lorry to take the books away at the end of the fair.
This year the dealer, who we had used previously and had agreed to continue to do so this year, told us the day before we started sorting, that he was unable to take the residue for resale. This gave us considerable concern, but we finally agreed, a week later(!) with a dealer, who had been recommended, that they would take the books on the Saturday evening. The Scouts then did a superb job in almost completely filling the lorry he provided with all the unsold books, despite the lorry arriving late.
We again celebrated the fair with a very enjoyable party, with entertainment provided by Peter and Kathryn Thompson.
The donations which we are making this year are:
Action for Children £7,850; EMC Family Worker £6,750; Scouts £6,500; Guides £2,000