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At the Community Centre Committee meeting last week (Tuesday July7th) the Treasurer gave a preliminary report on the financial returns from the Village Fete on June 27th. The news was excellent!

The income generated for the Community Centre was about £5,000. Main income sources were from programme sales, refreshments, including the bar, donations and stall rentals. Expenditure was around £2,500, with insurance, performer's fees and refreshment provisions being the largest elements. As happened last year, the cost of the road closures was covered by Broomheath Plantation and a generous donation of some excellent beer from the Uley Brewery in Gloucester helped boost the bottom line.
The estimated profit to the Community Centre is £2,500 but, with some invoices still to be paid and some donations still to be collected, this is expected to rise. A more detailed account will be presented at the next Committee meeting.
With the Grant applications now submitted for the renovation of the rear room the proceeds will go to ensuring that the Community Centre has the capital needed to make its contribution to the costs involved.
The Committee was delighted with the outcome which was considerably more than last year. The weather affected some sales, with hamburgers not doing as well as the ice cream this year. The introduction of the pre-sold programme was felt to be a success and one which can be extended next year, while the fate of the raffle, which raised only a modest amount, is under scrutiny. A busier Playing Field contributed greatly to the joyful sense of occasion, while the quieter space for teas and refreshments in the Community Centre Hall was appreciated by older visitors.
The Committee were heartfelt in their thanks to Jo Richards and her small but very effective team and has suggested ways to boost their capacity in the future. As always, lessons have been learned and improvements are already being suggested. Without doubt the Fete next year will be even bigger and better.
Though no date has been formally fixed yet I suggest that those residents who like to plan well ahead keep their diaries free at the end of June 2016!

Ed:"Many thanks must go to Broomheath Plantation and Uley Brewery and all the other donors who ensure that the Fete is a financial success, and of course to Jo and all her helpers without whom there wouldn't be a Fete!"

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