New Mills Festival Kicks Off Big Come Back Plan with First Festival Fundraiser

After a huge response from concerned members of the public volunteering to help get New Mills Festival on a firmer footing for the future we are very pleased to announce the first in a series of events and fundraisers for 2018 that will see the return of the full festival programme and Lantern Procession in 2019.

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Press & Media contact: Lyn Bannister tel: 07753842861


New Mills Festival will return next year as ‘New Mills Festival Fringe’


We're pleased to announce that New Mills Festival will be back again next year despite the organising committee initially thinking that they would have to cancel the event. The festival however, will not feature some of the bigger events, such as the Lantern Procession or Arts Trail. Lyn Bannister, chairman of the Festival Committee, explained that “the Festival is run by a small group of volunteers who felt they couldn’t run the full Festival for another year without more help. In addition, it costs a considerable amount of money to put on, which all comes from fundraising, and due to additional costs this year, we have little money left in the bank to help pay for next year’s Festival”. As such, Lyn outlined that “the Committee had to discuss cancelling next year’s Festival, with the hope of bringing it back for 2019”. A number of new volunteers, however, have come forward and, following discussions, the committee decided that it would be possible to arrange a festival in 2018, although due to limited finance and the need for more assistance, the Festival would have to be run in a slightly different way, without some of the bigger events. Lyn acknowledged that the lack of the lantern procession and arts trail will be a disappointment to many people but outlined that the Committee were pleased that more volunteers had come forward and, as such, they would still be able to work with all the local organisations who put on most of the events so as to enable a Festival to take place. The Festival Committee is, however, seeking additional volunteers, as each Festival event will not be able to go ahead unless there is sufficient manpower and finances to run it. In addition, although much of the cost of the festival is met through fundraising events, it is extremely challenging to raise the money required to put on the Festival. As such, the Committee would love to hear from any companies or organisations who would consider sponsoring or donating to the Festival, or assisting in any other way. Volunteers and interested parties can keep up to date with developments and also take part in discussions by joining the New Mills Festival Volunteers Group on Facebook. Requests can also be made to be added to the mailing list to receive minutes of the Festival Committee's monthly meetings. If you think you could assist or wish to volunteer, email or call Lyn on 07753 842861.



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