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Whittlesey Festival appeals for more volunteers ahead of 2023 return

Organisers of one of Fenland's favourite festivals are appealing for new volunteers to help make its post-pandemic return bigger and better than ever before.

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Whittlesey Festival Committee is holding an open evening for people to find out more about becoming a Whittlesey Festival volunteer on Thursday, 1 September, at the Town Council offices in Queen Street, from 6pm-8pm.

Committee Chairman, Brian Smithyman, said: "We can't wait for Whittlesey Festival to return in September 2023 after a three-year hiatus. It has grown over the years to become a major attraction in the town's calendar of events, and we want to ensure next year is the biggest and best yet!

"We are now looking for people who have enjoyed the event in the past to offer some help with organising and holding the event and help make it one that everyone can be proud of."

The Whittlesey Festival, which celebrated its 12th annual event in 2019, is one of the Four Seasons events organised by Fenland District Council alongside a host of community partners and held across the district each year.

Other Four Seasons events include the St George's Fayre in March, Chatteris Festival, the March Christmas Market and Wisbech Christmas Fayre.

Next year's Whittlesey Festival will be held on Sunday, 10 September 2023, when its exciting programme of music, entertainment, fairground rides, and shopping returns to the centre of the town. Previous events have attracted around 5,000 visitors from far and wide.

There are lots of volunteer roles available including stewarding, social media, bookkeeping and many more.

Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder responsible for the Four Seasons events, said: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of our events, and without them we wouldn't be able to make them happen. So, I would encourage people to take up this opportunity to get involved with Whittlesey Festival and help keep it special and vibrant for many more years to come.

"Volunteering is also a wonderful way to meet new people, gain valuable experience organising, planning, and managing an event, and simply give back to the community. Full training will be provided and there are lots of different roles you can take."

The open evening will explain what is involved with volunteering and give people an opportunity to meet the Whittlesey Festival Committee and other volunteers. There will also be a celebration of Whittlesey Festival through the years, and refreshments will be available.

Although the evening is a 'drop-in' style, it would help organisers with planning refreshments if anyone interested in attending could confirm their attendance by emailing or by calling Jenny Parker on 07436 269616.

Article date: August 2022

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