meeting to decide fate of Berrow's long-running Gig On Green
future of Berrow's long-running outdoor music event, the Gig On
The Green, will be considered at a public meeting tonight (Monday,
meeting has been called by Berrow Community Association, which
organises the once-popular fundraising event, following criticism
about how it has been run.
event is overseen by Berrow Community Association's Entertainments
Team and raises cash towards the upkeep and improvement of Berrow
its future is in doubt after this years event made a loss
of over £500, following a loss in 2011 of over £800.
organisers switched the location of this year's event from the
village green to the village playing fields in a bid to cut costs.
Lynn Smith told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This year the event
was held on the Millennium Field for a couple of reasons. One
was to try to reduce costs associated with putting on the event,
as the move nearer to the Village Hall meant that portable toilets
were not needed, saving us in the region of £400."
second reason was that we rely on a small number of volunteers
to organise and set up the event. There are only nine regular
volunteer members on the Team, three are over 60 years of age,
and four are over 70 years of age."
holding the event on the playing fields adjacent to the Hall and
changing rooms complex, we could make use of the facilities there
and therefore gazebos were not needed. We also did not need to
transport the fridges, freezers, tables, chairs and other equipment
greatly reduced the amount of time that the volunteers had to
give up to set up the event. Even so, most of the volunteers gave
up between 10-14 hours of their time on the Saturday."
"Unfortunately, the numbers attending the event were down,
possibly due to the bad weather, holidays, the Olympics and, regrettably,
people 'boycotting' the event due to the move from the Village
the event is put on to try to raise funds for the Village Hall,
it is not possible that it continues to make a loss, the event
must at least break even."
A public meeting is therefore being held tonight (Monday) in Berrow
Village Hall at 7pm to discuss what the event of the event holds.
All are welcome.
Berrow's Gig On The Green over the past three years