Letters of thanks: Walker Bay Bird Fair

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Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Dear Royd & Lindsay

The Chairman and Committee wish to thank you most sincerely for your extremely generous offer of Eagleyes Lodge where 5 of our guest speakers and their partners stayed for the duration of the first Walker Bay Bird Fair – an event which attracted numerous visitors and which has been acclaimed by all who were there.  No doubt the success of this year’s event will encourage others to participate and exhibit and we look forward to even bigger and better fairs in the future.

Your individual participation in organising Eagle Encounters and extremely generous support did much to enhance our offerings and we thank you most sincerely for being prepared to spend your own time to be part of this pioneer fair – the fair’s success is dependent upon people like you giving it your support.  For the children from the community, the Eagle Encounters demonstration was entertaining and educational, an aspect that future Bird Fairs need to focus on a great deal more.

The Fair Committee are now going to have to re-commit and get going on the 2016 programme and we look forward to being able to enhance the Fair to new and greater heights.

Again, many thanks and kind regards

Debbie Alexander

Monday 9th March 2015

Dear Stanford Bird Club Members

On behalf of the Chairman and Committee of the Walker Bay Bird Fair, I wish to thank you all for making the first Walker Bay Bird Fair a runaway success.  We could not have pulled this off without the time, effort and expertise volunteered by those club members who gave so willingly.  The Bird Fair attracted numerous visitors and has been highly acclaimed by all who attended.  No doubt the success of this year’s event will encourage others to participate and exhibit and we look forward to even bigger and better fairs in the future.

The Fair Committee is now going to have to re-commit and get going on the 2016 programme and we look forward to being able to enhance the Fair to new and greater heights.  Having taken the step of joining forces with the Hermanus Bird Club to co-host the Fair Bird, the venue for 2016 is yet to be decided.  Considering that the Stanford Bird Fair, for 9 years, was the precursor for the 2015 WBBF, and really where it all started, there is a case to be made for Stanford to host this event annually but without the support of the SBC, local business and enterprise, it is understandable that we would have to consider Fernkloof as an alternative venue to the Stanford Village Green, or at least to alternate the annual event, Fernkloof in 2016 and Stanford for 2017.

The draw for the WBBF Raffle will take place on Friday the 13th March.  We have asked the Editor of the Hermanus Times to do the honours, complete transparency and no favours!

We would really appreciate feedback from all of you about the Fair.  Without constructive comment, good and bad, it’s hard to judge whether this has the support of you, our members.

Kind regards

Debbie Alexander

Committee Member