Backing our community …

Throughout 2022, we’ve sponsored a community stall at each of this year’s Fife Farmers’ Markets and helped to promote those who have taken part.

The stalls were offered to all who were interested and the uptake was fantastic. We are coming to the end of the year and are looking ahead at 2023 with a view to repeat the project. None of this would be possible were it not for the businesses who support us. We will share more nearer December. In the meantime, here is the story of the 2022 stalls so far …

Coming up …

Saturday 19th November

The Howe of Fife U16s team will be at the market as part of their fund-raising campaign. They’re looking to raise £3,500 to ensure their 2023 European Rugby Tour is affordable for all members of our squad. They’re doing a grand job and are so close to their target … so please come along and support them at the market on the 19th. You can click on the image below to read their story and to join those who have made a donation …

 

Saturday 17th December

Scouts Fund Raising for their trip to the World Scout Jamboree in South Korean.

 

 

The year’s stalls in review …

 

Saturday 15th October – Cupar Scout Group fundraised “for equipment/outings for young people in Cupar scouting to ensure all can participate and benefit from scouting activities in a safe and fun way“.

They gave us an update after the event, saying: “We are very grateful to CuparNow for giving Cupar Scout Group the opportunity to fundraise at October’s Farmers’ Market with a Teddy Tombola – a game of chance to win soft toys, wrapped for the element of surprise! Despite downpours and the ongoing roadworks, our stall was well attended and almost all our furry friends found new homes, raising for us a respectable £144.31.” They added: “Fundraising helps buy equipment/resources for all our young people and allows participation costs to be kept to a minimum so that scouting remains affordable and accessible for all.

Cupar Scout Group would welcome volunteers as section leaders and committee members: no prior experience necessary and no direct connection with the scouts is required. Interested? Contact them via this email link for more information.

 

Saturday 17th September

Two groups took stalls for the September market:

    • Lucky Ewe
      • Lucky Ewe offers the opportunity for people to look after the needs of a flock of dairy sheep, develop basic husbandry skills and do outdoor work in the fresh air: we produce sheep’s cheese for sale and at Teasses Christmas market 2021 ran a successful stall selling cheese and various wool products from our sheep’s wool. With a stall at Fife Farmer’s Market, we hope both to raise funds for Lucky Ewe and to raise awareness of our charity.
    • Cupar U3A
      • We are Cupar U3A and are part of the national affiliation of U3A’s. We specifically aim to support retired and semi-retired people in Cupar and North East Fife by providing a range of activities and organised events for our members. The events range from wellness and physical activities to recreational and learning type interest groups. We are a thriving organisation with over 240 members and are looking for ways to promote our activities to a wider diverse group of people in and around Cupar. 2022 is the 40th Anniversary of the U3A and we hope to arrange a number of activities to recognise this milestone. Specifically our U3A day falls on the 3th weekend in September.

Their time at the market coincided with the Cupar Celebration & Commemoration Weekend as well as the BBC crew being in town, filming for an upcoming episode of ‘My Kind Of Town.

Cupar U3A gave us an update after the event, saying: “We had been looking forward to attending the Farmers Market all year and we were not disappointed. It was a wonderful event. We were made very welcome by Byam and it was easy to find our pitch and set-up. The combination of good weather the festival atmosphere – and the civic events around the market cross – gave the morning a very special feeling. Our outreach objective to promote the range of activities on offer from Cupar u3a to retired and semi-retired residents of North East Fife was well met and throughout the morning we had a active and jolly stall. Thank you to CuparNow for enabling this opportunity and we look forward to continuing to support your events.”

 

Saturday 20th August

Two groups took to the sponsored stall at the August market – Sustainable Cupar (showcasing their year’s work in planting tree, work on the River Eden, active travel and energy issues) together with Over Rankeilour Walled Garden. The Garden project – just outside Cupar – is planned for use for therapeutic / community benefit and they made use of the stall to help raiuse funds and awareness for their work.

Sustainable Cupar dropped a note after the event to say: “Having the stall has enabled us to directly connect with people and explain to interested folk what we are about. We have recruited new members, re-connected with old ones, and have been able to take to opportunity to network with those around us, including some of the other stall holders. It has been a very worthwhile experience, and one that we greatly value in these post-covid days when we are all re-establishing face to face connections, and recognising the value of community. Thank you CuparNow!

 

Saturday 18th JuneCupar in Bloom

The Bloom team were “very excited to get this opportunity to be part of the Market day.” They told us: “It will put us in the spotlight, let people in town see who we are, let them know what we do and hopefully may encourage new members to join us, help with our fundraising and to show that we play an important part in the community.”

And after the event …

“We had a great morning at the June Farmers Market in Cupar!  The sun was shining and we were happy to be there in a prime spot opposite Fisher & Donaldson’s. There was a lot of interest with folks stopping for chats and asking us about the plants we were selling and what we got up to. We sold nearly all the plants and were very pleased with the money raised plus donations which made a total of £124. We had the added bonus of another volunteer wanting to join our happy team. So, altogether a very successful & enjoyable venture for us and many thanks to CuparNow for giving us the opportunity!” Our pleasure!

 

Saturday 21st May – we hosted two community groups at the May markjet – Cupar’s Skoot Aboot Group and those organising Cupar’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations with the Picnic in The Park. Both took stalls to help raise awaress and funds.

  • Skoot Aboot Group meet once a week (1pm on Wednesdays) at Cupar’s Baptist Church on Bonnygate and help to bring together people who are keen on getting out and about in the town. Liz Laing who runs the group says: “Thanks so much for the opportunity. We raised £67.97 – that was great to help others to come along and get a day away next time.

  • The Picnic In The Park group ran a raffle at the market to help raise funds to cover the costs of staging the celebrations. More will be shared once the picnic has run.

 

Saturday 16th April – The Leuchars Military Wives’ Choir

The Leuchars Military Wives’ Choir is one of 72 Military Wives Choirs in the UK and worldwide. The first choir started 10 years ago in 2012 to help wives and partners with support while their husbands were away on detachments, so the choir’s ethos is “Sing, Share & Support”.

Jacqui Crowe of the choir says: “This year marks the Foundation’s 10th birthday and later this year, we will have a 10th birthday concert in Grey Friars Kirk in Edinburgh.” She adds: “Leuchars itself was formed in 2013 and we will celebrate 10 years next year in 2023. The Military Wives Choir Foundation is a registered charity and we do performances and fundraising events to raise money to support our choir.

Update from the Choir …

After the Choir’s attendance, Jacqui shared: “Everything was very well organised. The other stall holders were welcoming to myself and my daughter. The event was good for raising awareness about the choir. Thank you again for inviting us to take part.

 

Saturday 19th March: Cupar Colts

Coach, Kevin Bruhn, is looking forward to this Saturday at the Market, saying: “For the Community Stall this Saturday (19th March), we have a few things happening. We have organised a Tombola. Prizes we have on offer to win are rounds of golf at Cupar Golf Club and Elmwood Golf Course, restaurant vouchers for Mystic Dragon and Don Michele in Dundee, plus many more. We will also have a lollipop game for the kids and a competition we are running within the team. We have asked the players to design a special flag for taking to the tournament. The best 3 will be selected by the coaches and they will go to a public vote at the stall on Saturday. The winning flag design will be made into a big flag which we will fly in support of the team during the tournament.

Cupar Colts 2010’s are participating in The UK international Cup – one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country. The Club has been lucky enough to be able to register two teams to compete in the tournament at Under 12’s level. They will be taking 20 players, 4 coaches and 15 parents to the tournament over the weekend of Friday 30th April – Sunday 2nd May. Coach, Kevin Bruhn, says: “We will be staying in a 4 star hotel in Derby called the PentaHotel which is situated right across from Pride Park, the home of Derby County. We have organised to have our own bus for use over the entire weekend and hope to make it an amazing experience for the players. The tournament itself is being held at St George’s Park, home of the England National Football teams and is a world class facility.

They have started fundraising for the trip, to be able to fund the players and the bus. Kevin adds: “We have many things going on at the moment, with Football cards and raffles. We have organised a Physic night on the 17th March and also a sponsored walk from Crail to Kingsbarns beach, where the players are required to dribble and pass a football all the way!

Kevin concludes: “This is an exciting opportunity for our players to be able to compete against teams from different countries as well as teams from around the UK. It will be an amazing experience for everyone and we hope the players, parents and coaches will talk about it for a long time to come.” Their target is to raise £4000 and they look forward to being at the Farmer’s Market in March where their fund raising continues.

Update from the Colts …

“We were contacted by Pat Gilmartin from Gilmartin Construction, who saw our blog. Mrs Gilmartin gave the team a substantial donation to the club. Pat’s donation has allowed us to pay for the bus for the weekend while we are away. It was an amazing surprise and something we all very very grateful for. We have also sold out our Physic Night on Thursday 17th March, with 80 people attending the night. We will also be holding a raffle on the night with many prizes donated to us from local businesses around Cupar. We have had support from The Wee Kingdom, The Press Cafe & Bistro, The Boudingait, Maisie & Mac, Cupar Tea Room, Yaspers, Lachlan’s Fresh Fish and Contemporary Salon all providing vouchers for prizes. Again, we are extremely grateful for the support we are receiving from the local community.

We completed our sponsor walk from Crail to Kingsbarns, which had few surprises in store! The plan was to walk mainly along the coast, on the beach as much as possible, however due to the timing of the day and some of the group lagging behind, the tide had come in and part of the route was blocked! We had to find an alternative route up over the hill and through some fields which made the day more of an adventure.

Our fundraising has be nothing short of outstanding!! We will be able to pay for all the players, parents and coaches to attend and also cover the cost of the bus for the weekend. I would like to take this opportunity to not only thank all the parents of the team, along with their friends and family who have kindly sponsored the players, took part in the Physic Night, helping out at the stall and the many, many donations they have contributed to, but also thank you and your team for helping us with the blog on CuparNow, without this exposure we would not have had the large donation from Pat Gilmartin. Thank you again. I can’t explain how much everyone connected with Cupar Colts appreciates all the help and support we have received.

Saturday 19th February – Toby’s Magical Journey is a registered charity in Cupar.

Trustee and Director, Alison Etheridge, says: “We are a children’s cancer charity who support children and their families on their cancer journey. Its so important for us to raise funds and especially as it’s been hard through COVID. We support local children and raising funds on the community stall would support a newly diagnosed child in Cupar.” You can read more about them via the Blog we featured last year. Just click on the image below.

 

 

Need more?

We are inviting community groups from in and around Cupar to apply for the remaining slots. You can find more including details on how to apply for the sponsored stalls on our Blog via the link below.

 

 

Thanks for reading!