SWEP’S first Summer Fair pulls in the crowds as people flock to help raise money for moorland ponies

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SWEP’S first Summer Fair pulls in the crowds as people flock to help raise money for moorland ponies


Our sister charity South West Equine Protection held its first Summer Fair at the weekend and more than 300 people turned out to help raise money to rescue moorland ponies.

The family friendly event included great craft stalls, a bouncy castle, live music, a tug o’ war competition and a special appearance by SWEP pony Nipper. (Pictured below)

Local dance and theatre groups performed and Devon solo artists and groups Charlie Harris, Russell Sinclair, Eilidh Sinclair, Chris Bailey and Frayed Knot played throughout the day.


Yelverton-based SWEP, which recently announced merger plans with the region’s largest equine charity, the Mare & Foal Sanctuary, took over the village’s Memorial Hall and grounds on Sunday.

And with other attractions including a bar and Pimms tent, hot food, sweets, treats and homemade cakes there was loads to see, do – and eat!

SWEP Charity Fundraiser and Events Coordinator, Scarlet Moon, said: “It was a great day and the weather couldn’t have been better.

“This was our first Summer Fair and we didn’t know what to expect but we were delighted that so many people came out to support us.

“Everyone said how lovely it was to spend the day enjoying themselves, but also helping to protect our moorland ponies. Loads of people also said it was great to have a summer fair in Yelverton, and they hope we do again it next year!”

The local Fire Service brought along a fire engine to show off their firefighting skills and a titanic Tug of War battle ended with the team from Glanville Environmental having the winning grasp of the situation.

SWEP specialises in rescuing and rehabilitating sick or injured wild moorland ponies and the fair was sponsored by local firms M&B Lettings, Scruples of Tavistock, Yelverton Carpeting, Tesco and The Fireworks Mining Company Ltd.

The fair was opened by the charity’s founder Maureen Rolls, who was presented with a commemorative book to mark her retirement after 40 years.

Last month SWEP announced it was planning to merge with the Mare & Foal Sanctuary to create one of the largest equine charities in the UK.