Can you help keep the Peace Festival going?
IT’S the highlight of the summer for many and a top-choice event for hundreds - but without a dedicated and hard-working committee, the Leamington Peace Festival would not be able to happen at all.
But that committee has dwindled in recent years and now down to a core group of six people, those on it are desperate to get “fresh blood” involved to ensure that the festival, which takes over the Pump Room Gardens for a weekend each June, can continue to be as successful as it has for its 34-year history.
Warwick-based photographer Liz Drake, who joined the team two years ago to manage the festival’s publicity, said: “The absolute worst-case scenario would be that the festival would not be able to continue.
“A few people have recently left and if we lose anyone else, we are going to be struggling.
“We really want to try to get new people with relevant skills on board.”
Committee members - all of them volunteers - will be responsible for tasks such as booking musicians and other acts, listening to musicians, marketing and dealing with public relations, health and safety and child protection.
Ms Drake said: “It’s a brilliant opportunity to learn new skills and and enhance skills you already have.
“We have around 100 volunteers on the weekend itself, but we need members for the committee. We only meet once a month from January so it’s not a massive commitment.”
She added: “When I went to my first meeting, I thought there would be about 30 people on the committee, but when I walked into the room, I was astounded to see there were five there.
“People just assume that the Peace Festival happens every year. They don’t think about how it happens.
“We need new people, new blood and new ideas. I love being a part of it. I have met some brilliant people and learnt how to build up contacts and relationships with the press.”
Anyone interested in joining the committee for next year’s festival, which will take palace on Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16, or finding out more can attend the festival launch meeting at the Brunswick Healthy Living Centre in Shrubland Street, Leamington, on Wednesday at 8pm. For further details, go online.
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