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Crowborough Fun Day under threat

Crowborough & District Chamber of Commerce have said they are unable to host the Fun Day next May due to “insufficient volunteers for the organising committee”.

The event has been held on a Saturday in late May or early June for over a decade and regularly attracts around 7,000 people.

Children having fun on the Bouncy Castle in 2016

The Chamber have contacted Crowborough Town Council to see if it is in a position to take over running the event.

Since its inception in 2006, the Fun Day has become firmly established in the calendar of Crowborough events alongside those organized by the Town Council – the fireworks, the Summer Fair and the Christmas Lights switch-on. The relative newcomer is Sussex Day on Chapel Green. The Fun Day is held on the first Saturday after the Spring Bank Holiday.

The Fun Day has relied on a small group of volunteers and the financial support from around six main sponsors.

In 2016, Jeremy Woolgar, President and Chairman of the Crowborough Chamber and District of Commerce, recorded this message to promote the event:

To enable the event to take place the town centre is closed to traffic. Croft Road, The Broadway and the High Street are lined with stalls from local businesses, charities and community groups, plus there is a French Market. Free entertainment such as bouncy castles, magicians and Punch & Judy is arranged for children, and local singers, musicians and choirs perform on the piazza. At each Fun Day the Chamber has invited bucket donations for a good cause. Cheques for £1,000 have been presented in the last three years to Brighter Crowborough, Wealden Citizens Advice and Clued-up Info Shop.

Making crepes at the French Market

At the meeting on 10th September, the Mayor Cllr Greg Rose informed Councillors on the Communication and Events Committee that the Chamber of Commerce is unlikely to hold its annual Fun Day in May 2020 due to a lack of volunteers, and raised the question of whether the Committee would consider taking over the event in some manner.

Councillors said they would need approximate costings for the current event, and information regarding the number of volunteers and other considerations. The Committee Chairman Cllr Matthew Street agreed to put the item on the next agenda for the next meeting scheduled for 26th November.

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