Popular village fete is cancelled as organisers bemoan lack of volunteers

09:21 21 March 2014

at Haddenham Blossoms and Bygones Day are Sir Winston Churchill (aka Alan Kempton) driven by Fred Duffield and accompanied by Colin Arnold and Pete Beecroft

at Haddenham Blossoms and Bygones Day are Sir Winston Churchill (aka Alan Kempton) driven by Fred Duffield and accompanied by Colin Arnold and Pete Beecroft

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A popular village fete has been cancelled because of a lack of volunteers.

Haddenham’s annual Blossoms and Bygones event has been running for more than 25 years but organisers have been forced to postpone this year’s event, due to take place in May, because no new volunteers came forward to help support it.

Several members of the organising committee, who have been involved with the event for decades, decided to step down after last year but their places have not been filled in time to get the event off the ground.

Cllr Gareth Wilson, who is treasurer of the Arkenstall committee, said: “It was very disappointing news. I would like to have done something, even if it was a smaller event, but it turned out to be too late.

“Unfortunately, it will mean less money for the Arkenstall Centre and less money for many local charities, which is a great pity.”

As part of Blossoms and Bygones, a series of activities and events are held between Haddenham and neighbouring Aldreth, including 1940s recreations, tractor rides, stalls and games.

The village’s windmill, brick and tile museum and galleries are also opened for the public to enjoy.

Cllr Pauline Wilson, who lives in Haddenham, added: “It is a great shame. Whether they will be able to get something going again I’m not sure because once an event like that stops, it is very difficult to get it back.

“Hopefully, when people realise that it isn’t on this year, they will come forward and help.”

If you would like to help with the event, contact the Arkenstall Village Centre on 01353 749099.

3 comments

  • I know of the event just not that they where struggling for help

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    Caroline Ball

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Agreed first I have heard that they are struggling for volunteers, no fliers thru my door. Although not sure what Caroline has been doing for last 10 years if doesn't know anything about blossoms and bygones, the high street was closed completely last year.

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    Ian Irving-Smith

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • well what can I say having lived in haddenham for 10 years this is the first I have heard about it. maybe if the committee let the people in the village know of the issues before it got to this stage I for one would be happy to help

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    Caroline Ball

    Friday, March 21, 2014

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