ORGANISERS of a popular village fete have appealed for help to secure its future.
West Buckland Fete and Flower Show needs a new chairman, treasurer and committee members to keep going.
The event raised £1,848 for seven village causes this year. Proceeds from the show are donated to West Buckland School, the school PTFA, pre-school, friendship group, WI, village hall, and St Mary’s Church.
Richard Horton, who has stood down after five years as chairman, said: “The fete is a highlight of the year and brings together so many people from the village and beyond.
“Organising it is hard work but great fun and the current committee has done a great job.
“Unfortunately some of us can no longer continue in the way we have done. We now need some more help to keep the show on the road.
“The committee has funds in reserve to cover the costs of next year’s show, so it is not a case of having to carry out fundraising.
“What we are looking for are a few energetic, enthusiastic people who can give some practical help with making sure arrangements are in place and the event runs smoothly.
“If a handful of people came forward who were prepared to spend just a few hours each month and a bit more time on and around fete day, the event would continue very successfully.”
The fete is normally held in July and is traditionally opened by Wellington Majorettes marching through the village to the playing fields. Attractions include country dancing displays by West Buckland School pupils, Ki-Aikido demonstrations and a good old favourite of the crockery smash.
It is accompanied by a flower show which attracted 235 entries in 2015. A committee member is already in place to co-ordinate the flower show in 2016.
The committee will hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) at 7.30pm on Wednesday, October 21 at West Buckland Village Hall and would be delighted to welcome anyone interested in helping or considering a lead role. If a new chairman and treasurer cannot be found the fete will have to be wound up.
Mr Horton said: “I’m hopeful it won’t come to that and I am happy to talk to anyone interested ahead of the meeting to give an idea of the sort of help needed.”
To contact Mr Horton call 01823 669161 or 07767 345984.