After running the Christmas Market for the last 15 years, BADCOT has decided, with regret, that it’s not in a position to organise and run the market this year.
This was due to an increasing burden of red tape associated with running a public event, but also due to the lack of volunteer help in all aspects of running the market.
These obviously require many man hours – sourcing and contacting stallholders and entertainment, collecting fees, arranging logistics, gaining publicity off and online, as well as stewarding on the day. Despite appeals for help, these tasks were being done by the same small group of people each year, which was unsustainable.
The BADCOT committee felt that the Parish Council and Burley-in-Wharfedale Community Trust (BWCT), which organises the Christmas Lights Switch-On, would be better placed to run the market and last week wrote to them both explaining this.
We understand a committee has already been formed by the Parish Council and are confident there will be a Christmas Market 2018 in some form.
The BADCOT committee members who have worked tirelessly to make a success of the market over the years, including one of its
founders, Roger Charnley, will do everything they can to help keep this highlight of the Burley-in-Wharfedale calendar going.