The Early Early Christmas Fair
The Early Early Christmas Fair
Caroline Cary – Fair Organiser, Major General Tim Hyams - Chief Executive, ABF The Army Benevolent Fund, Mrs Sarah Troughton - Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire and President of ABF The Army Benevolent Fund Wiltshire, John Horns - Director General Dynamics UK, Lt Col Ian Holmes
congratulations over £40,000 raised for the army family
We are thrilled with the success of this year’s annual Early Early Christmas Fair which took place on 26-27 September in Tidworth, Wiltshire. The event has raised over £40,000 towards our work supporting soldiers, veterans, and Army families. The event is one of the longest-standing charity fairs in the UK. This year, over 2,000 visitors attended over the two days, and around 120 independent traders offering unique presents, delicious food and drink ideas, different and original ideas to brighten your home, elevate your wardrobe as well as gorgeous treats for yourself and others
Every sale included a 10% donation to ABF The Army Benevolent Fund .The atmosphere was filled with the warmth of the holiday season, as families and friends gathered to enjoy a day of shopping and festivities.
We were delighted that John Hiorns, the Director of Customer Liaison at General Dynamics Mission Systems (International), kindly opened the fair this year. Once again, General Dynamics UK proudly stands as the Gold Sponsor for The Early Early Christmas Fair.
Among the notable guests in attendance were Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire and President of ABF The Army Benevolent Fund Wiltshire who kindly hosts the evening reception and Mr. Pradeep Bhardwaj, High Sheriff of Wiltshire
Mrs. Troughton reflected on the event's impact:
"The Early Early Christmas Fair exemplifies the incredible synergy between local businesses, sponsors, and the Army community. It was a great pleasure attending the first evening of the Fair and I came home carrying a new large woven basket full of incredibly nice Christmas presents. My sincere thanks to Caroline Cary and her team and to the many generous supporters and stall holders ”
Former Army officer Lt Col Crispin Black, historian Jeremy Archer and cookery writer Torie True also attended to sign their books.
Caroline Cary, who organised the fair, said:"This year’s fair was all about community and the British Army family is a nationwide one, which is why so many people travel far and wide each year to join in the fun. The event is also important for Wiltshire, where the Army presence is huge, so we always value the support we get year from local military communities. I would especially like to thank our long-standing sponsors, General Dynamics UK and Aspire Defence for their continued support and to our new sponsors this year AeroGlow International, Warminster School, and Claire Calder Consultancy. A special thanks to our stallholders who work tirelessly to make this Fair one of the best in the country and who contribute 10% of everything you buy at the event to ABF The Army Benevolent Fund. Most importantly, I would like to thank all those amazing volunteers who every year go the extra mile to help raise money for this Charity.”
We are enormously grateful to everyone who helped make it such a success.
"The fair was not only beautifully organised but was run with professionalism and warmth. It was a real pleasure being part of it - the standard of stalls was as high as ever with all sorts of lovely merchandise. It was the best fair I have ever been part of"
"The EECF is one of the best Christmas fairs in the calendar. It attracts a wonderful mix of loyal customers and new ones who love to shop and stop by to say hi. I can't think of a better way to kick off the fair season" Loved by Da
This years supper menu
A selection of curries from mild and creamy to hot and spicy
With an option for vegetarians and vegans served with rice
Chicken in a white wine & cream sauce (gluten free) – non curry option
Poppadom’s, raita, mango chutney, lime pickle, Tomato & cucumber, coconut flakes.
A selection of naan & artisan breads
- Holly Anstey just donated £0.25
- Holly just registered for Early Early Christmas Fair 2023
- Janina Konopatzki just donated £0.25
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- Tricia Duncan just donated £0.09
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- Nicola Gerring just donated £0.13
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- Linda Harris just donated £0.18
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- Suzanne Clark just donated £0.25
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- lauren daniell just donated £0.13
- Emma Morgan just donated £0.13
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- Rebecca Arnold just donated £0.13
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- Frances just registered for Early Early Christmas Fair 2023
- Clare Weller just donated £0.25
Raffle Winners at The Early, Early Christmas Fair 2023
Ticket Number: 05220 Hedges
Ticket Number: 02201 Woodland
Ticket Number: 05130 Meredith
Ticket Number: 05190 Doyle
Ticket Number: 02333 Kennett
Ticket Number: 02379 Christopher
Winner of the £250 Hamper for booking tickets online is Gem Eagles.
The hamper was kindly donated by Ogilvy & Moore (Luxury Hampers and Gifts) one of the stallholders at this years fair.
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The Early Early Christmas Fair is run on behalf of ABF The Soldiers' Charity which is the Army's National Charity. We exist to support soldiers, veterans and their families in need but to do this we need your support.
Early Early Christmas Fair 2023
We Would Like To Thank You
We would like to thank each and every one of you, whether you were a stallholder, a customer or a volunteer for your incredible support at TheEarly Early Christmas Fair and for making the event such a resounding success.
I hope the final day of the fair went well. It was exception, I really enjoyed coming along last night and spending a few punts) and meeting some lovely people. Aspire Defence as always are very pleased and proud to sponsor the event and I do hope you managed to raise a tonne of money for the charity.
Communications Manager Aspire Defence Limited
Just a short note to thank you for organising such a wonderful Fair this week. Every detail covered including a ‘ruby’ on Tuesday evening, brilliant! Business was also very good which made the journey home along the dreaded M25 much more tolerable. Thank you again.
Loved the fair, really great stalls and so well run. BE back again next year if your’ll have us
It is with great sadness that we announce that Lt Col (Retd) Tony Blanch, Wiltshire County Chairman of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, passed away on March 23rd 2023, after a long and courageous fight with cancer. We send his wife Fran and all the family our love at this very sad time. Tony did so much to support the charity and will be missed hugely within the community.