February 2017 Urgent Press Release

Following on from the loss last year of the town’s summer carnival, Littlehampton Bonfire Society officials announced this week that the 2016 Littlehampton Bonfire Night could well have been the last.

In a final attempt to maintain the tradition the society has issued an urgent appeal to anyone willing and able to take on the role of secretary to come forward by Monday 20th February.

Explained society chairman, Allen Alderton,

‘Despite numerous previous requests over the years for more help and support we have now reached a critical point. Our event gets increasingly complex and time consuming to organise each year, in particular with more and more onerous health and safety demands.

We have a dwindling number of members willing and able to undertake the organisation of the event through the year, not only the administrative tasks but also manual tasks such as making the torches and building the bonfire, as well as raising the funds needed to stage Bonfire Night.

In particular we are down to just a handful of volunteers who will help make the torches and desperately need more help during the week preceding the event from volunteers who are physically capable of building the bonfire.

We have considered various options of continuing with a reduced event, including celebrations without a fire, but our event is famous for its traditional ‘mammoth bonfire’.

We have our AGM in March and if we cannot find a suitable secretary before then who is willing and able to become involved in all aspects of organising Bonfire Night we sadly will be unable to continue with the event.

This is a voluntary role which could possibly suit a retired person or someone who currently works only part time.

They need to be computer literate and ideally they would have previous event organisation experience.

It may be possible to arrange a job share, so we would like to hear from anyone who thinks they may be able to assist with some of the duties, even if they are unable to commit to the full role.

We feel that Bonfire Night is an important part of Littlehampton, with over £150,000 being donated to local charities and good causes from the street collections over the last 25 years alone, and many local businesses benefitting from the thousands of spectators we bring into the town each year.

We believe the loss of the event will have a significant adverse impact on the town.

A job description giving full details of the role of secretary together with information on how to get involved in other ways such as making the torches are available on the News page of the society’s website, www.littlehamptonbonfiresociety.co.uk

Anyone interested in taking on the secretary position or assisting in any other way should email the society on littlehamptonbonfiresociety@hotmail.co.uk by Monday 20th February.

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