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Friday Sept 3 – Sun Sept 5 2010


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Casting Area alongside River Thames

The event was billed as a Game Fair but it would be more correct to describe it as a Country Fair – apart from GAIA there were two tackle dealers and one dealer in flies present plus Charles Jardine and Jan Porter running the demos.  There was a strong presence from the shooting fraternity, air rifles, shotguns and muskets (black powder degrade) who were kept busy both days.  The usual dog obedience trials, Ferret racing, Birds of Prey and traditional rural craft demonstrations. 

This is only the second year the event has been held and I am sure it will grow from strength to strength.  Organization in the months preceding the event, as far as I was concerned, was difficult however, the days prior to the event and during the event the organization and support from the event organisers could not be faulted.   We had an area 140m x 50m roped off with a 6m x 6m Chinese Hat marquee  equipped with tables, chairs and power supply. 

There were 5 Coaches present on the Saturday and 4 on the Sunday.  Saturday we gave 20 minute sessions to 11 adults and 8 juniors and on Sunday 8 adults and 4 juniors. Although we did not have as many punters as we would have liked takings exceeded set up costs and we now have a small surplus to be carried forward to GAIA Southern Region’s next event. 

Amazingly, a high number of the people who had a go were interested in signing up for formal tuition which was unfortunate the coaches present as all live over 90 miles from the venue.  Hopefully, those who took away the GAIA Brochures will have reviewed our web site and identified a Coach in their area.

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