Swaffham Town Council
2018 Sheep Fair
Swaffham Sheep Fair 2018
The 2018 Swaffham Sheep Fair Whitsun weekend was an enormous success, bringing the community together and encouraging visitors to Swaffham.
This year saw the first Sheep Fair in Swaffham for about 60 years, a wonderful tradition to restart and plans are already underway for 2019.
The event involved the Friday indoor market, with sheep themed stalls and stalls selling local lamb products; an extended market on Saturday with extra stalls; a mock charity sheep auction on the Buttercross and local businesses very much involved with sheep themed menus and sheep related products and a sheep themed shop window competition.
On Saturday live sheep returned to the market place to recreate the sheep fair with a modern twist, sheep of different native breeds were on display and in the afternoon the sheep were mock auctioned.
The Mock Sheep auction raised a phenomenal £552 which was shared with some very deserved charities nominated by Cllrs and organisers:
- Swaffham Market Committee Chairman, Cllr S Lister - Myers Field Trust
- Cllr Fabian Eagle - Nelsons Journey
- Cllr Ed Colman - Merle Boddy Centre
- Elizabeth Truss MP - Magpie riding centre for the disabled
- Melsop Farm - Rare Breeds Survival Trust
- The Mayor of Swaffham, Cllr Houghton - Royal British Legion, Swaffham Branch
There were so many people involved in the planning, organisation and delivery of the event who deserve recognition:
- Cllrs Fabian Eagle and Ed Colman – instrumental in getting the event off the ground and powering the event promotion and engagement of suppliers and businesses in the town.
- Swaffham Town Council – for the administration of the event and on the day delivery
- Melsop Farm - provided the rare breed sheep who were the central attraction on the Saturday
- Heygates Farm – for allowing the Antinghams to be used as an overflow car park
- Swaffham Young Farmers – for their support in managing the overflow car park
- Local businesses – for their themed menus, products and taking part in the shop window competition.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the first Swaffham Sheep Fair such a success.
Volunteering and community involvement is what Swaffham is good at.