The Festival Team & Volunteer Groups
The team that organise this festival is a small one and consists of John Cattle – Chair, Charles Barter, Claire May, Davina Tibbetts, Gill Grant, Julie Rugg, Chloe Lord, Tom Amery, Simon Evans & Val Nicel. As a team they work tirelessly during the months leading up to the festival and on the day itself. They book performers, children’s entertainers, celebrity chefs and stall-holders, liaise with the Emergency Services and licensing authorities, issue press releases, design the programme/website and manage the logistics including traffic signs, loos, stages, power, water, insurance, etc.
On the day of the festival, over 100 volunteers from local sports clubs and voluntary organisations manage the car parks, man traffic barriers, assist set-up the markets and ensure the site is neat, tidy and litter-free. They provide assistance to many of the thousands of visitors and perform numerous other tasks. Their efforts ensure that the festival continues to feature as an important event in the town’s calendar.
Our Festival Charity
As an event we offer the opportunity for local charities to benefit from a stall – offering face painting, games, information to increase their income however we have a chosen charity and a license to “shake the bucket” for them. The charity supported by the festival for many years has recently merged with another local charity ABBY’S HEROES and the festival team are delighted to announce that our support for this deserving cause will continue.
Abby’s Heroes, a local Hampshire based children’s cancer charity, exists because when a child is diagnosed with cancer, it has a massive financial impact as often parents need to give up work or take unpaid leave to care for their sick child. To assist, Abby’s Heroes supports families by providing grants to help relieve the financial crisis parents find themselves facing as a result of their child’s diagnosis. These grants can be for a host of reasons such as rent or mortgage payments, household bills and other everyday living costs while the child is in hospital, additional travel costs to hospital or sadly help towards funeral costs.
You will be helping us help a child, or their family as day to day life doesn’t stop with a cancer diagnosis. Sadly, in the UK, one child in 500 will develop some form of cancer by the age of 14 years and treatment can be required for months, and more often years. For further information, please go to www.abbysheroes.org