as popular Burnham-On-Sea Hospital Fete is axed after 50 years
of the longest-running community events in Burnham-On-Sea's social
calendar has been cancelled following a shock announcement by
its organisers this week.
annual Burnham Hospital fete, which has been held for five decades
on the August Bank Holiday Monday in the town's Manor Gardens,
won't be held in 2016.
Deahl, Chairman of the League of Friends, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "Over
the years the Fete has become increasingly difficult to organise
with health and safety legislation, risk assessments, insurance
issues, increasing running costs, and the difficulty in recruiting
sufficient younger volunteers."
is with much regret that this year's Hospital Fete will not take
place. The Fete has become a Burnham tradition which started 50
years ago with the formation of the League of Friends and it is
particularly sad that this should have to be announced this year
when only last week Burnham-On-Sea.com reported our 50th anniversary
celebrations and the opening of the enclosed garden we funded
for patient and visitor use."
the Fete raised considerably more money for the Hospital in the
1980s than it does now! The Fete sub-committee is actively looking
at organising a fete on a smaller scale in the grounds of the
hospital where it had its roots."
added that he plans to step down from his lead role at the League
33 years on the Friends Committee and 20 years as Chairman I am
standing down on June 6th at this year's AGM. I am sure that local
people will continue to support our local hospital in the way
they have over the past 50 years."
can be done by supporting Friends events - the Music Evening in
October, the Social Event at the Oaktree Arena in March, our coffee
mornings on the third Saturday of each month in the Methodist
Church Hall and by joining the Friends online. We are very fortunate
to have such an excellent local facility and must do all we can
to retain and support it."
Fete's Chairman, Bernard Spilsbury, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It
is with great sadness that the Friends of Burnham Hospital have
to announce that they are no longer able to continue to run the
continuing demand for more and more work in carrying out Risk Assessments
and ever increasing costs, coupled with a Committee whose members
are inevitably getting older makes it, for us at least, a commitment
that we are no longer able to keep."
would like to thank all those who, in the past, have helped and
been involved in the Fete and to the businesses that have supported
our ventures in the past. The Friends will continue with their
future fundraising programme and there will be further announcements
in the future."
a spokesperson for community group Burnham Events Social Team
told Burnham-On-Sea.com that it's possible the group may consider
stepping in with other groups to hold an event on the day in its
place, however nothing has yet been decided.