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The curtain will close on Leven Festival because of a lack of volunteers

After it was revived in the early 2000s, Leven Festival soon grew into one of the village’s highlights of the year, attracting hundreds of people to Leven Playing Fields for a day of music, entertainment and community spirit after a day that would start with a series of floats parading through the streets.

However, the event will not take place in 2023 after the organising committee failed to find new members despite dropping 2,000 leaflets through letterboxes in Leven.

Just four people came forward to offer their help after several of those who have served on the committee for the last 10 years or so decided to step down.

Leven Festival in its current form restarted in 2002 to mark the late Queen’s Golden Jubilee and, after a COVID-enforced absence, last year’s festival took the theme of ‘Best of British’ and marked events from throughout Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

As well as the parade through the village, Leven Playing Fields played host to a funfair, refreshments, children’s sport and music, including a Last Night of the Proms concert to round things off.

But with between 11 and 14 people required to put the event on, the committee was left with no other option but to disband.

A spokesperson on behalf of the committee told the Wolds Weekly that it was sad that so few residents had come forward to help organise an event they were happy to support on the day.

However, there is still hope that people will miss the festival enough to bring it back in the years to come.
“Unfortunately, the committee was getting older,” said the spokesperson. “We really felt the committee needed some younger blood on it.

“The organisation was becoming too much for us and we were open to new ideas, such as concentrating on the events at the playing fields rather than the parade.

“The licences we needed to put the festival on required weeks of form-filling and it took up lots of time.
“We dropped leaflets at 2,000 homes in Leven because we didn’t want the festival to finish.

“It is hard work but, on the day, it is all worth it. We couldn’t fault it and we were especially pleased with this year when we did our bit for the Queen.

“We’ve had fun and it’s involved people of all ages, with the pupils and teachers from Leven Primary School putting their heart and soul into it.

“Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed it, especially all the different themes.

“Four people came forward after the leaflet drop. One man would have taken on the role of treasurer, but didn’t want to do anything else, which is quite understandable.

“Normally, we would have a committee of 13 or 14, which is really the required number.

“It was disappointing that only four people came forward, but we just don’t know how you can get younger people involved in events like this.

“Whether it is because they are busy in this day and age, but it is such a shame as people in the village have been so supportive over the years.

“The event was for the village, young and old, and a great family day. It stopped before, so possibly doing the same for a year or so again might wake someone up and it will restart in the future, possibly on a smaller scale.

“It’s sad to think that lots of events like this in villages are no longer being held but not enough people came forward.”

However, despite the cancellation of the festival, several organisations in Leven are set to benefit from the dissolution of the committee.

Under the Constitution of Leven Festival Committee, ‘any assets shall be returned to providers, if they require it, or shall be passed to another similar group with similar aims’.

The committee has agreed that £1,000 will be donated to The First Leven Scouts for their Scouting endeavours and in receipt of the organisers using their hut over the years.

Another £1,000 will be donated to Leven Pre-School to further the early educational needs of the children who attend, whilst £100 will be handed over to Holy Trinity Church in Leven, where the committee has used the meeting room.

Additionally, the Brian Fell Notice Board, near the Jubilee Gardens in Leven, is in need of repair, and a sum will be donated by the committee once costs have been confirmed.

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