Currently the event costs in the region of £8000 to stage. For example, the Road Closure Order and Traffic Management Company alone cost close to £1000, add the cost of Public Liability Insurance, First Aid cover, Band Fees, catering etc.
Funds are raised by holding a series of events throughout the year. Currently Jumble Sales in Spring and Autumn for instance and last year we held the first “Festival Ball”. There are also a number of “just for fun” events including the highly successful “Spooktastic” Hallowe’en events masterminded by young Committee member Alex Johnson.
The Patrons’ Scheme allows individuals or local businesses to support the Festival by making an annual donation of £20 (or more if they wish) and on Festival Day itself the Raffle and sale of Ice Cream kindly donated by Crystal Hall are important sources of income. We are very grateful for the support of Whittingham and Goosnargh Parish Councils.
The Festival Queens pitch in to help with Festival Events and other Community charity appeals throughout the year, gaining in confidence by making speeches, presenting awards, visiting Retirement and Care homes etc. etc. They are encouraged to organise a charity event and in 2014 Festival Queen Abbie raised £500 for St Catherine’s Hospice Care.
The Committee could not achieve its aims without the support of a great many loyal supporters and we would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved.