Lack of support forces feast to be cancelled

Metheringham fayre and feast - crowds EMN-150831-120219001
Metheringham fayre and feast - crowds EMN-150831-120219001

After 26 years the Metheringham Fayre and Feast has been cancelled due to lack of volunteer support.

In a statement on its website, Metheringham Parish Council explained it was ‘with regret’ that this year’s feast had been cancelled.

The council had been unable to continue it themselves and had sought to inject fresh blood by delegating the running to a management committee of volunteers led by Coun Mike Allen with money set aside.

Sadly, volunteers drifted away. Coun Allen said: “As it is a street event we have to close off the centre of the village and need a minimum number of volunteer stewards. We had reached a point where we couldn’t go ahead without them.”

Despite a ‘last ditch’ poster appeal for assistance, a public meeting was poorly attended and at the July parish council meeting it was revealed the management committee only consisted of two or three people. Coun Allen concluded the fayre and feast could not take place this year.

The parish council resolved: “The event should be stood down this year but actively look to reinstate next year.”

The fun fair will still attend behind the Star and Garter pub this year but Coun Allen warned that without the feast continuing, the fair operators would not be willing to return.

He admitted it would be a disappointment to many, saying: “I’m hoping this will be a wake-up call and the village will have to decide whether they want to keep it going or have they had enough.”

He hoped people would come forward and he will call a meeting in the autumn.