Village fete cancelled due to lack of interest
A 50-YEAR-old community fete will not go ahead this year following a lack of support from time-pressed villagers.
Committee members of the Alkham Fete have cancelled this year's fundraiser after crisis talks.
Hundreds of visitors head to the fun day each year, which helps raise money to maintain the village hall and St Anthony's church, but this July there will be no fete.
Committee chairman Paul Tapsell said a lack of commitment from villagers and local businesses was the main reason organisers cancelled the event.
He said: "What we needed was for people to donate their time in setting things up and preparing for the fete.
"It seems people in the area have a lot more going on in their lives than they used to, which is understandable, but without their help the fete isn't going to happen.
"We held a meeting the other week and agreed we were not interested in competing for people's attention what with Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics.
Mr Tapsell said: "It's a tough decision but we think it's in the best interests of everyone."
The Alkham Fete has been running since the 1960s and is usually held on the second Saturday of July.
Fruit and veg stalls, baked goods, live music and a stand by car firm Hollis Motors usually make up the main attractions of the event held on the vicarage green.
Mr Tapsell, who has been involved in organising the fete since the 1990s, hopes the community fun day will return next year.
He said: "We're are looking to hold the fete in 2013.
"It's important for the village and its people to get together and enjoy the summer, raise money and have a good time.
"The fete has been running for 50 years and I think this year is an exception when you think we will have jubilee events and Olympic parties."
Mr Tapsell added: "What I would say is keep the second Saturday of July 2013 free in your calendar."