Why we had to cancel Christmas market

Sir,

As secretary of Conisbrough Forward I would like to apologise through your newspaper to all the people who were disappointed at the cancellation of Conisbrough Christmas Market, and to the stall holders who had worked so hard making goods to sell.

The decision to cancel was not taken lightly, as the market takes approximately six months to set up, and cancellation of the event means twice as much work than if it had gone ahead.

However the directors of Conisbrough Forward took advice from the police and the council on the afternoon of Thursday, December 2, and as the roads and pavements were very dangerous for people and vehicles, it was decided to cancel on health and safety grounds.

Sorry, but the weather is out of our control.

Unfortunately, we were unable to set another date before Christmas, due to commitments some of the stall holders had already made and the Denaby event which was the following Saturday.

All payments by Conisbrough Forward for the hire of the market stalls will be returned within the next two weeks, now that things have returned to normal after the Christmas period.

The Christmas tree decorations this year were made by the scout groups, and we thank David Holland and the different group leaders for the tremendous efforts they made in such adverse weather to ensure the tree was decorated for the village centre and something good came out of a difficult situation.

Many thanks to our local Sainsbury’s shop for all the support given once again and also to Steve Garrison, the local butcher, for supplying the pies free of charge for 50-plus people attending the Carols around the Christmas Tree event, which had to be held inside the Church itself, due to the bad weather and the delay of installing the Christmas tree in the village centre.

The get-together after this event, however, was very good, the food thanks to Steve Garrison was excellent and very warming, the atmosphere was one of goodwill to all men, so a good time was had by all and, hopefully, we can do this again next year.

For all their hard work and new ideas, namely Carols around the Christmas Tree, we extend a very big thank you to Rachel and Paul Storey for their continued effort throughout.

We need more ideas like this one, and more helpers, so please come along to Conisbrough Forward and let us know what we can do next year.

Next meeting is at The Place, Conisbrough on Tuesday, January 11, at 6pm.

Thank you and may God bless each and every one of you during the coming year.

Carol Sellars,

Conisbrough Forward

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