The last two weekends “30th May and 7th June”, the Bird Keepers Association has been very busy attending craft fairs promoting the BKA.
The first was held at the “Wild Wood Craft Fair “at Hockley Essex. This was the first time we had promoted the BKA at a craft fair so we were not sure what to expect.
It was a glorious sunny day. We had previously decided to have a “Tombola” to help raise funds for the BKA. We were on a stall next to the RSPB. We were not sure how the RSPB would feel about us because we had a set up a cage displaying Australian Finches which are brightly coloured foreign birds. Needless to say there was bird talk all day!!. The RSPB do not have a problem with Bird Keepers who breed birds in captivity be it British or Foreign Birds.
Over 3000 people came to the Hockley Wild Wood Show event where there were numerous stalls representing breast cancer, gardening tips, trinkets new & old, a wonderful display of Owls by Keith of Owls R Us, mountaineering ‘have a go’; in fact plenty of activities for all with music & entertainment sponsored by Radio Essex!
There was a lot of interest in our stall especially by children wanting to look at the sample of birds the BKA had on show. The tombola was a great success and will help the BKA to fund future events. We achieved our purpose and interested young & old alike in the BKA’s aims and we are sure some will think seriously about bird keeping in the future especially when the children flocked to see the pair of Zebra Finches on show lay an egg!!. One little girl asked Len if she could have the egg to look after at home!!.
The fair ended at around 5pm. We had both been on our feet all day and were ready for a nice cup of tea. But no rest for the wicked as they say and onto the next fair the following Sunday June 7th held at the “Olde Tyme Farming and Craft Fayre” at Sutton Farm in Southend.
Once again the sun was shining. We were looking forward to another great day. We set up our stall with our birds on show and with new prizes for the tombola. A very busy day ensued with conversations with many on the birds we had on show and the birds they enjoyed in their own gardens and aviaries. One visitor recounted a fascinating story about rescuing a nest of goldfinches which had fallen from a tree. Unfortunately he lost two but stayed up many nights and was rewarded with two surviving goldfinches. Again the tombola was a huge success with all tickets sold and all prizes claimed an hour before the fair closed!!.
On this occasion we were next to the “Dormouse Protection League”. Malcolm and I learned a lot about these small creatures. Most importantly they live in trees and not in people’s homes.
It was very busy all day and we were told that well over 4000 people had visited the show and its various events.
At the end of the day both Malcolm and I felt yet once again it had been well worth it. We had been given quite a few telephone numbers from people who were interested in our next event and the tombola again swelled the BKA’s funds for future events.
At both of these events we gave out leaflets to promote our next event due to take place on 22nd November 2015 at St Augustines Church Hall, Johnstone Road, Thorpe Bay.SS13HX.