Villagers will come together this weekend, to help raise funds for those affected by the Bromham Social Centre fire.

Plans for Bromham's annual Carnival were shelved due to covid uncertainty, and organisers were unable to get an event licence.

But they were still desperate for a way to bring the community together after a very difficult month.

Locals had been left shaken after a huge fire ripped through the Bromham Social Centre on June 15. The community pulled together to raise more than £13,000 to go towards helping Adam Dempsey, who lived above the centre.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The fire in June. Photo by Trevor PorterThe fire in June. Photo by Trevor Porter

This weekend, people will be able to embark on a Teddy Bear tTail and village picnic, with music and other entertainment.

All money raised will go towards those affected by the terrible social club fire and organisations that lost equipment in the blaze.

Bromham Carnival committee member Cathy Welch said: “We have more than 50 bears already lined up, the response has been brilliant. Springboard and Wiltshire Portage have also made their own bears, it’s been really touching to see everyone get involved.

“Losing the social centre was really shocking for everyone, so it was even more important than usual to try do something this year, even if we couldn’t do the full Carnival.

“The weather might be interesting but we’re still really hopeful to have a good turnout and raise as much as possible.”

The theme for the teddy bear trail is ‘60 years of family films’ and the first prize teddy bear creator will get a £100 Amazon voucher.

Raffle tickets will also be available this week from the Village Shop, the butchers, the pubs and from members of the carnival committee who will be making their way round the village as best they can.

Programmes for the event, £2.50 each, will also be available outside St.Nicholas School.

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