A popular village fete is under threat after almost 70 years because no-one will help run it.
This year’s Grimsargh Field Day at the end of the month could be the last if an appeal for volunteers continues to fall on deaf ears.
The event’s organising committee is now down to just six people – in a village with a population of around 2,000. And members have warned they are struggling to cope without extra help.
“The field day will go ahead this year, that’s not in danger,” said Jayne Woollam. “But we can’t guarantee next year unless we get more people to help raise funds. It’s simply not possible to run an event like this properly with so few people.”
The highlight of the Grimsargh village calendar attracts hundreds of people every year. It dates back to the end of the Second World War and is one of the most popular summer fetes in Central Lancashire.
But the dwindling band of volunteers has impacted on this years event on Saturday, June 28. For the first time in memory the committee is not producing a programme, meaning valuable advertising revenue will not come in to help offset costs. We have put several requests out asking for volunteers to help us, but we haven’t had anyone come forward,” explained Jayne.
“It seems no-one is prepared to give us a hand.
“I’m afraid to say it will finish after this year unless people offer to join the team. The six of us are very committed to keeping it going, but there’s only so much we can do.”
If the field day folds it will be the second time the event has been abandoned due to a shortage of volunteers. It was suspended in 1994, only to be revived in 2000.
“The people of Grimsargh absolutely love this event,” said Jayne.
“The field is always packed and everyone says what a wonderful day it is. We would love it to continue, but that’s down to people coming forward.”