What an amazing event, thank you to all our amazing volunteers who put in so much hard work to make sure this event could happen.
Both Saturday and Sunday were very well attended, and we had such a positive response from everyone which made the hard work worthwhile. The commitment and dedication to what we are trying to achieve was in the atmosphere and we think that it was clear to all the members of the public who came to enjoy a great day at Bannockburn House.
Even the Weather was on our Side!
After strong forecasts of thunder and severe weather warnings for the Sunday, it seemed that even the elements were on our side, with only a few showers during the day on Sunday and an absolutely glorious day on the Saturday.
Tours, the teas and coffees, the shop and tombola all did very well. In addition, the stall from Freedom Bakery selling scrumptious treats; the woodturners who produced and sold various craft pieces with money going to the house; the rents from the stallholders and the bric a brac stall all helped raise much needed funds. There were also donations for which we would like to say a big thank you. We don’t have the total funds raised yet, but when we do we will share it on the website.
Lots to do
Amongst the many activities making the Fayre enjoyable were the pedal powered smoothie bikes from Forth Environmental Link’s Emily and Vicky; the Panna cage from Heart and Sound in Dunfermline; the amazing photo board with the highland charge painted by Sharon and the fascinating display of archaeological artefacts found in the grounds. Visitors also enjoyed browsing the many craft stalls in the market area.
Music to our ears
The music over the weekend was amazing, with traditional Scottish music from Feis Phaislig; Scottish rock from Bannockburn’s own Grand Boys; acoustic performances from Marcus Bassie and Ash, Kyle and Scott, Julian and Sean, and of course, the amazing sound of the bagpipes, all of which added to the atmosphere of the event.
At the event were John Sanders and Paul Hogarth from Simpson & Brown, the contracted architects for the project, to present the amazing plans for saving and restoring our house. This was a great way to share the vision for Bannockburn House with public and volunteers alike and showcase where we are with the overall master planning for the house.
Many people signed up as new volunteers over the weekend and many others joined as SCIO members which is amazing. We are always looking for new members and volunteers, particularly from the Bannockburn area, so if you are interested, please email [email protected] or sign up as a member on our website.
Adding to our History
Three generations of the descendants of A. E. Pickard (find out more about him here) visited the house over the weekend and were given a tour by one of our volunteer guides. Some interesting stories were told, which all add to the ever-expanding picture of the heritage and history of our house.
Once again special thanks to all our volunteers, without their tireless work and enthusiasm the Fayre could not have taken place. Of course, no one could have got to our Summer Fayre without the help of our shuttle bus drivers; Lewis, Sylvia, Gaynor, Jim and Morag working tirelessly throughout the weekend to make sure everyone was able to get back and forth to the house safely and manning the car park, so a big thank you to them.
If you were at the summer event, please feel free to share your pictures with us on social media or drop us a message to let us know what you loved or even what you think could have been better.
Thank you again for your continued support.
Photos courtesy of Lesley McPherson