Pop-up Share Fair in Horsham

Join us in the Human Nature Garden, Horsham Park on Sunday 8th July 12 – 6pm, where there will be a pop-up Share Fair and Horsham Repair Café. We will be running alongside the Horsham Rotary family event Funday Sunday.

A Share Fair is a social event where instead of buying new things, people share, swap or recycle stuff. People meet each other to share skills, ideas and stories – like an old-fashioned market but with no money.

This is YOUR event! It is run for the community by the community – you can contribute any skill or just give your time and conversation. We need local people to help us develop this event into something truly different and special. If you are interested in getting involved read on…….

Dear Friend

Thank you for your interest in our Share Fair! This will be a collaborative community event, running under the umbrella of Sussex Green Living, with a pop-up Horsham Repair Café session. We are linking in this summer with the Horsham Rotary family event Funday Sunday in Horsham Park (July 8th) and in 2019 we will be part of the Year of Culture.

A Share Fair is a pop-up social event where instead of buying new things, people share, swap or recycle stuff. And instead of feeling isolated, people meet each other to share skills, ideas and stories – like an old-fashioned market but with no money, creating social rather than monetary capital.

We found out about Share Fairs via Facebook, and we were immediately hooked by the concept of a goods and skills exchange without money.  The key point is that Share Fairs are collaborative and everyone who has anything to do with the event is a contributor. The aim is to borrow as many resources as possible and invite people to donate materials, which keeps set up costs to a minimum.

The initiative was set up by the Eden Project – see https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/. The Facebook page is – https://www.facebook.com/mksharefair/ and there are several videos on Youtube which give a really good idea of what Share Fairs are all about –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4AKzFlzIQs&feature=youtu.be, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjZeoG2ENHo&feature=youtu.be and https://youtu.be/x69SYw7OGsc.

We would like as many local people to be involved as possible, so let us know your ideas! We need all types of people and all types of skills, such as:

  • Creative design people to help us set up a comfortable, welcoming space for our activities.
  • Local businesses who would be willing to donate or lend resources, e.g. clothes rails, marquees, tables, bags, cushions
  • People willing to help with play and craft activities for children & families
  • Anyone who has a skill that they could share – could you teach someone how to dance, play an instrument, up-cycle an old pair of jeans, play chess, make an origami animal…….
  • Local residents from groups who could share a skill, such as local gardening groups who could run a seedling swap

There really is no limit to what can be brought to a Share Fair, within the basic guidelines – no money involved, nothing illegal or unsafe, and no political or other kind of agenda. Everyone is valuable and can contribute something, whether it is a practical skill or a conversation about their history. It is about celebrating who we are and what we have.

Please do e-mail with any questions, comments, suggestion: Cheri@sussexgreenliving.co.uk or call 01403 265705

We look forward to hearing from you! Jill, Jean, Cheri, Eve and Carrie.

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”

About Carrie Cort

My name is Carrie Cort, I set up Sussex Green Living out of concern for the way we humans are treating the planet which sustains us. With motherhood in 2008 came concern about environmental sustainability and a burning desire to learn how we can live more environmentally friendly lifestyles, in harmony with nature. I have always had a passion for the countryside, animals and the natural environment. Most of my career has been spent in marketing and communications, mainly within education and the landbased industries, latterly using the power of video communications. In an effort to help create a climate for change I decided to use my knowledge and digital skills to share ideas which anyone can adopt, saving money and the planet. I’m not an expert, just an ordinary person who is on a greening journey and wanting to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. Let’s all make some simple changes, become more resilient and try to lead simpler, less materialistic and consumerist way of life.
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