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Is this really the end of marlborough Carnival?
10:30am Friday 13th September 2013 in News
THE Marlborough Carnival Fun Day could cease to exist unless new volunteers come forward to save it.
After a three-year break the Marlborough Fun Day returned to the Common in July. Despite a date already being set for next year’s event it may not come to fruition now that three committee members are standing down.
The committee is meeting at 7.30pm on Tuesday at Marlborough Football Club on Elcot Lane. If nobody comes forward the committee will decide what to do with the remaining funds and the event will be wound up.
Chairman Caroline Hadd-en, who has been on the committee for seven years, said: “It would be very sad if we had to see it go because it’s a nice community event.
“Unfortunately I have to step down because of a family bereavement and so does my daughter Sian Clarkson.
“Alec Stevens, who has been on the committee as long as I can remember, also has to step down for health reasons.”
There are seven members on the committee, which originally started out as the carnival group 20 years ago.
Ian Philpot, who was chairman of Marlborough Carnival for ten years, said: “There are fewer and fewer community events going on in the town so to lose this I think would be a great shame. These days everyone is very busy but being part of a committee doesn’t have to be too time consuming.
“From my experience if everyone gets behind the event and the responsibilities are distributed evenly between the committee then being part of an event like this isn’t difficult.
“As well as being a lot of fun on the day its a nice thing to be part of in the build up and it’s a great way to meet new people.”
Ms Hadden added: “I will miss being part of the committee because I made some new friends and it’s really nice to see different groups come together.
“Being chairman is an experience; you don’t chose to do it, you do it because nobody else wants to. It has been really helpful for me in other aspects of life. People shouldn’t feel pressured that they’d be thrown in at the deep end, it can be as much or as little work as you like.
“I would be happy to help and give advice to anyone who wanted it. On this occasion I’ve had to say No to being on the committee but I’m sure I’ll be involved in something in the future.”
Anyone interested should send an email before Tuesday to marlboroughfunday@ hotmail.co.uk
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