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Thread #133998   Message #3060812
Posted By: GUEST,Pete and Jan
24-Dec-10 - 02:52 PM
Thread Name: Saddleworth Cancelled 2011
Subject: RE: Saddleworth Cancelled 2011
Hi everyone

Nice to see that people are concerned that the festival isn't going ahead this year. Despite what some think the decision wasn't taken until we had had some time to think about the possibilities and was done with some reluctance. Do please understand, it will not go ahead
in 2011 but the hope is to get enough committee members to run it in
2012. This means people who are prepared to do a real job and who can be relied upon to carry it out. When we joined we had such a committee but the numbers have been reducing every year especially from 2007 when we lost several important members. We ended up last year with five members and Jan and I ended up doing almost all the work. To the person who thinks it is relatively easy running a festival they should try cleaning out the toilets at the campsite for three hours whilst trying to keep everything else on track on their wedding anniversary. We have asked several people if they wish to help out but apart from helping on the day no-one is prepared to make the commitment.
It is not now a question of money as we made a profit for the first time in four years due to careful planning and effort on the part of the committee.
If anyone is able and genuinely interested in helping we will be making further postings on the website detailing the jobs that need to be carried out.We have had several offers which we have yet to respond to and explore so if you would like to add your name to these please send us an email to

As to the Wars of the Roses, Cleckheaton have extremely kindly offered to run it in our name at their 2011 festival for one year but we cannot make a decision until our January meeting.(By the way, they have 22 committee members!!)

In the meantime we wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Pete and Jan Shevlin