Cash injection needed for Dorchester Victorian fair

Cash injection needed for Dorchester Victorian fair

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:11am 7th December 2019.

Significant funding will need to be found if this year’s Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair in Dorchester is to be repeated.

The event, which saw most of High West Street and High East Street closed to traffic for the day, cost around £10,000 to stage with a 2020 event expected to cost more.

Dorchester town councillors, who gave £750 towards the 2019 event, have now agreed to a £5,000 grant for the coming year – money which might partially be used to pay for an event co-ordinator.

A breakdown of expenses for the 2019 Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair:

  • shows £1,650 on film and photography
  • £1,500 spent on a project co-ordinator
  • £1,176 on promotional material
  • £1,010 on food and drink management, with the largest amount, £1,930, in paying for road closures
Photos from the Victorian Street Fair

Just over £1,500 was paid for attractions and music.

Income included:

  • just over £4,000 in sponsorship
  • £3,379 from the Dorchester Joint Heritage Committee
  • sums ranging from £100 to £750 in donations from bodies such as the town council, Dorchester BID, the Chamber of Commerce, the Thomas Hardy Society, Duchy of Cornwall and Brewery Square
Thomas Hardy Victorian Fair

A meeting of organisations involved with staging next year’s event is expected to be held in mid-December.

Councillor Tim Harries welcomed the £5,000 grant from the council at Monday’s full town council meeting, saying that it, and other events, were now beginning to bring additional visitors to the town.

By Trevor Bevins, local democracy reporter