26 November, 2021
Glamorgan Vale cancels Christmas carnival
A combination of threatening wet weather and concerns about COVID-19 have forced the cancellation of the 2021 Glamorgan Vale Christmas Carnival, planned for Saturday, November 27.
Brett Freese, chairman of the Glamorgan Vale Hall Committee, said it was not an easy decision, but the committee wanted to notify the community as early as possible.
"We needed to notify exhibitors and suppliers as early as possible, to minimise disruption to them, as well as let the community know we have had to make the decision," Mr Freese said.
"It is frustrating, but the weather forecast for today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) meant there was too much risk of wet weather, and it just wasn't feasible to run it."
Mr Freese said while the committee also investigated the possibility of moving it inside the hall, the impacts of COVID made that too hard to be workable.
"We would have had stalls stacked on top of each other, and trying to maintain 1.5 metre separation would have been nearly impossible, so we had to take the tough call, and cancel the event as early as possible."
When asked if an alternative date could be used, Mr Freese said the packed community calendar meant there were no spare days that could be used.
"We looked closely, but between the other local events at Lowood and elsewhere, there were no suitable dates we could use before Christmas, so we had to make the tough call and cancel."
The cancellation is the latest blow to the Glamorgan Vale Hall Committee, which has suffered with virtually no events or bookings for almost two years.
"We had no Christmas Carnival last year, we have had no bookings this year, other than the QCWA, it has been a tough two years for us."
Just days earlier, the Hall Committee received a $1,000 grant from the Somerset Regional Council to help meet the costs of the carnival.