Stallholders'  Newsletter 16.01, November 2015
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Welcome to the first Stallholders’ Newsletter about the 2016 Newtown Festival Street Fair Day!  This is our way of keeping in touch with you and keeping you informed as we lead up to the 20th anniversary Street Fair on Sunday March 6th 2016. 

Stall Bookings for 2016 are open now!

Would you like a stall next year?  We would love to have you with us! You can book now - just follow this link!
This Newsletter announcing that bookings are open is coming to you later than we expected because our web guru has been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to update the way the online booking system works for us.  Most of this is invisible, but you might notice that our invoices are worded differently - the new invoice makes it much clearer that 'early bird' prices need to be paid before January 1st [which has always been the case].

You will also see that the website pages have a good deal more information on them, for instance about stall locations, or the information specific to food stalls - have a browse!  In addition of course you are always welcome to contact us with any questions.

Some people have already found their way to the site and made their bookings - welcome!  If you haven't already paid you will be sent a new invoice, but the price won't change - so long as you pay by the end of the year. 

If you have waited to make your bookings until you got this go-ahead, now is the time to make sure you are in the priority queue - if you get in within the next week you won't be disadvantaged.  Book and pay now to take advantage of our earlybird prices, and you will have a better chance of getting the stall site you want.  The date you pay is more important than the date you book when it comes to site allocation.

A note about stall site allocation .....

This is a tricky topic - stallholders are often disappointed that even though they booked early they didn't get the site they hoped for.  The answer is that some sites are very popular and much-requested and although we would like to fit everyone in we just can't. For instance a great many people want to be in Riddiford St, particularly Zone B, but the sites are mostly taken very early by Riddiford St businesses with stalls outside their premises, or by returning stallholders.

If you weren’t in a particular zone last year, it would be wise to give us a second choice in case your first choice isn’t available - you can use the 'Preferences' box on the booking form to tell us more.  And if you are a returning stallholder - please let us know if you want to return to the same place or to have a change.

There is more information on the 'Locations' page on the website - including notes about food stalls.
Panorama of the 2015 Fair - taken from the Community Stage.

Feedback from 2015
Thank you to everyone who emailed to tell us about your experiences at the Fair this year.  We were happy to hear about what went well and learnt interesting things from accounts of what wasn't so good.  We hope to use these to improve the experience for all stallholders next year!

We apologise if you haven't had a reply - there were a lot of emails at a time when we were very busy paying bills, debriefing and dealing with post-event paperwork. We think that we eventually responded to everyone, but if you didn't hear from us or if you didn't contact us before but still have things to tell us, we would love to hear from you.
The 2015 Festival Won an Award for Recycling!
The Newtown Festival was nominated for a Wellington Airport Regional Community Award in recognition of the work the Festival recycling steering group and the volunteers put into recycling at the Street Fair this year. They were anounced the winners of the Heritage and Environment category at the Wellington City Awards function, and the next step is the Regional Awards, bringing together the winners from Wellington, Kapiti, Hutt City, Upper Hutt and Porirua – the Regional Awards wil be announced tomorrow, November 10th.
Recycling Stations at the Fair
Hannah Mackintosh, James Coyle, Ben Phillips, Martin Hanley, Vanessa Rushton and Renee Rushton at the Awards. (Hannah, James, Vanessa and Renee were on the steering group, Ben was the Fair Day recycling coordinator and Martin is the Festival Director)
Can you help us do even better with recycling in 2016?
Stallholders can be a great help in meeting the recycling goals. You can help by having packaging that is recyclable, or even better compostable, and by enouraging your customers to use the recycling stations.  We would be very interested to hear from you with your comments and sugestions.  Read more about the recycling initiative on the Festival Website.
A special note for Stallholders from Newtown, Berhampore, Mt Cook and surrounding suburbs
Are you already on the mailing list for the Newtown Residents' Association Newsletter?  This is an invitation to sign up for it and get regular updates about what is going on in your suburb.  Sometimes this is about the Festival, but there is lots of other news too.  The more people in the network the better!  New subscribers can sign up here.
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