Petworth Fete in the Park appeals for ‘new blood’

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  • Petworth Fete in the Park has just celebrated its tenth anniversary
  • But organisers say they are ten years older and need new blood to continue
  • They have issued a challenge to Petworth to help them carry on
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PETWORTH’S Fete in the Park celebrated its tenth anniversary with more than 3,000 people flocking through the gates to one of its most successful annual events.

But it all comes at a price to the small band who make it all possible.

“As those ten years have passed, so those involved in planning this event have grown ten years older - and at times stiffer and more puffed out,” said Tony Sneller, chairman of the organising group, the Petworth and District Community Association.

“And so the association is taking this landmark year to review whether we should continue to put on this event.

“We are not sure if the current team can continue for many more years without some new blood to help us and begin to take over the reins.”

He said according to all the comments received, the Petworth & District Community Association had pulled it off again and put on another successful Fete in the Park.

The tenth year was celebrated with a music theme and a free concert in the evening.

“We are so pleased so many people came from a wide area to enjoy one of THE days in the Petworth calendar and experience a good old Petworth welcome.

“Over the years the Fete in the Park committee have gained considerable experience and understanding of what does and does not work.”

There are currently four members of the original group, Janet Duncton, Neil Castle, John Riddell and Tony Sneller but they have been joined by other helpers over the years.

He said it was now time to take stock and issue a challenge to the people of Petworth: “if you want this event to continue, we need your help in two ways.

“Firstly we need a few more individuals to join the planning committee to bring some fresh ideas and capacity. But we also need muscle power and help for the practical setting up in the week before the fete, support on the day and for clearing up in the evening and the following days.”

He added: “No event should be run for ever just because it has been run before, but it would be sad if this popular event stopped because of lack of support.”

Anyone wishing to find out how they can help should email chairman@petworthcommunity.org.uk or ring Tony on 07860 186847

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