Skateraw Fair under threat due to lack of volunteers

A LOCAL Village Association is calling on residents to support its annual fair or lose it altogther, writes Jenny Rush.

The Newtonhill Village Association is making a desperate appeal to locals to volunteer some of their time to help organise the event, which has been a firm fixture in the calendar for many years.

An emergency meeting is set to be held in the Newton Arms on February 2 at 7.30pm and the future of the fair depends on how many people come along to get involved.

The Skateraw Fair is an annual village event organised by the village association and includes sports and social events for all age groups culminating on the last Saturday of the month in the afternoon long fair and evening dance.

The evening dance had to be cancelled last year due to poor ticket sales, and the association are extremely concerned that the event might have to be scrapped altogether.

A committee of six volunteers gave up their time last year, and acting chair Lisa Hendry said it was too much work for such a small group.

She said: “This is the make or break Skateraw Fair 2011 meeting. If we don’t have enough volunteers to organise the fair at this meeting, then the fair will not go ahead.

“The fair has been an institution in the village for many years, and we hope to keep it that way for years to come! There are lots of jobs that need doing, both big and small. Even if you can only give an hour or two of your time, many hands make light work as the saying goes. Please come along to the meeting - it’s very informal and we do have a good laugh whilst we plan.”

The fair traditionally includes stalls by community groups, a beer tent and BBQ, while there are stage performances throughout the afternoon by various community groups mainly children.

The event allows community groups to fundraise and they then donate 20 per cent of their takings on the day to the fair, after which a major donation is made from the proceeds to the village Common Good Fund.

If you cannot come to the meeting but wish to help out, contact webmaster@newtonhill.org.uk who will pass your details to the Committee.