Help save village field day pleads desperate group

Grimsargh Field Day Rose Queen Emily Lees
Grimsargh Field Day Rose Queen Emily Lees

A desperate plea to save Grimsargh Field Day is being made this week.

With just under two weeks to go before this year’s field day, organisers warn this may be the last if new volunteers don’t come forward to help.

There are just six committee members left, one of these being Jayne Woollam, who joined the committee for the field day’s revival in 2000 to mark the millennium.

Jayne said: “It is serious, the field day is going to fold.

“We have made repeated appeals for help and so far no-one has come forward.

“We have all been committed for many years and we desperately want the field day to continue.

“This is a focal day for the village and if it is lost it is another community event hat dies.

“We need more people to come forward, particularly young people.”

In recent years, the Grimsargh Field Day committee has been spearheaded by Nicky Baylis, who, said Jayne, had been the “driving force” behind them and although Nicky had announced her wish to retire, because no-one had come forward to replace her, she was still heavily involved.

While she said all members of the committee “played their part,” Nicky had worked “unstintingly” and had “kept them all going”.

There is enough funding in the bank to cover this year’s field day, but because of depleted numbers, Jayne said they had not been able to carry out as many fund raising events as they would normally have done.

For example, there will be no programme this year as there were not enough people to put it together and sort out the printing, publishing, distributing, etc.

Anyone joining the committee would only be expected to attend up to seven meetings each year and the committee would also be grateful to hear from those happy to help out just on the day.

Vowing to keep the field day alive, the committee has nevertheless come up with all the usual attractions for Grimsargh’s big day and would welcome “all hands on deck” for Saturday, June 28, when there will be the usual procession through the village with fancy dress, floats, bands, 2014 queen Emily Lees, retiring queen Alice Cowell and their retinues and more and a full afternoon’s entertainment on the village green.

If anyone would like to join the committee, or simply help out on the day, please give Nicky a call on 07902112877.