Under-threat Bromley Cross summer fair saved by council cash

Darwen Road, Bromley Cross

Darwen Road, Bromley Cross

First published in News

A POPULAR summer fair has been saved thanks to a windfall from Bolton Council.

The Bromley Cross Summer Fair came under threat when the area forum budget was slashed last year.

Organisers, Friends of Bromley Cross, have now won a bid for £3,000 to hold the fair for its fourth year running on Saturday, May 10.

Cllr David Greenhalgh — who led the fight for funding — said the fair was a vital event for the community in Bromley Cross.

He said: ”We are very grateful for the money from Bolton Council because it means we can continue to run this fantastic community event.

“We were initially short of cash this year because our area forum budget could no longer cover the extra cost.

“The reason why it is so important to the people of Bromley Cross is because it promotes schools and community groups in the area.

"Really, it’s an investment because charities are able to raise so much extra funding on the day.

“We would have found a way to raise the extra cash some how but this money from the council’s mainstream budget has really helped.”

The fair is also supported by Bolton at Home and the Last Drop Village donate the venue for the day as well.

The total running costs of the fair are £8,000 with £5,000 raised from fundraising, donations and grants.

More than 50 organisations and charities hold stalls to promote their work and raise extra funds.

In 2012, more than 10,000 visited the fair and £30,000 was raised.

A council spokesman said: “The Bromley Cross annual summer fair has become a popular event, not just for residents of Bromley Cross, but for the whole of the borough.

“As well as being a free family attraction, the event also gives local charities the opportunity to raise money for their organisations. It’s an event that brings out the very best in community spirit.”

The fair will be open from 10.30am to 4pm.

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8:58am Tue 1 Apr 14

Old Boltonian says...

I have lived in the area for 25 years and wasn't aware there was a summer fair. Don't know what that says about me or the fair!
I have lived in the area for 25 years and wasn't aware there was a summer fair. Don't know what that says about me or the fair! Old Boltonian
  • Score: 10

9:48am Tue 1 Apr 14

Andy Higham says...

I thought the idea was that a fair would RAISE money not COST
I thought the idea was that a fair would RAISE money not COST Andy Higham
  • Score: 7

10:47am Tue 1 Apr 14

boredofbolton says...

they didn't have any money for it becuase they have been wasting it painting miles of yellow lines.
they didn't have any money for it becuase they have been wasting it painting miles of yellow lines. boredofbolton
  • Score: -5

11:11am Tue 1 Apr 14

Hollieanne says...

Andy Higham wrote:
I thought the idea was that a fair would RAISE money not COST
It is but the various attractions have to be paid for, not to mention things like gazebos, tables, bins, traffic cones, radio etc. The cost for these come out of the yearly fundraising (and the area forum budget which has been slashed) but all the charities make money.
[quote][p][bold]Andy Higham[/bold] wrote: I thought the idea was that a fair would RAISE money not COST[/p][/quote]It is but the various attractions have to be paid for, not to mention things like gazebos, tables, bins, traffic cones, radio etc. The cost for these come out of the yearly fundraising (and the area forum budget which has been slashed) but all the charities make money. Hollieanne
  • Score: 4

12:34pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Comment777 says...

Bromley Cross and community..not words you often see together in what is now a selfish and greedy community with an amount of violence and intimidation thrown in to complete the nightmare...
Bromley Cross and community..not words you often see together in what is now a selfish and greedy community with an amount of violence and intimidation thrown in to complete the nightmare... Comment777
  • Score: 2

1:38pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Jim271 says...

Halliwell is having a summer fair,

a week of rioting and racist violence.
Halliwell is having a summer fair, a week of rioting and racist violence. Jim271
  • Score: 6

2:37pm Tue 1 Apr 14

boltonchap says...

10,000 visitors at £1 apiece entry fee - bingo no need for council taxpayers money to be handed over. The saving could then be used to repair the dreadful potholes in my lane.
10,000 visitors at £1 apiece entry fee - bingo no need for council taxpayers money to be handed over. The saving could then be used to repair the dreadful potholes in my lane. boltonchap
  • Score: -1

6:28pm Tue 1 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

Andy Higham wrote:
I thought the idea was that a fair would RAISE money not COST
What has happened to the £30'000 left over from last year?

Has Morris had it?


It would make more sense if the £3k came from that money (giving last years event a respectable profit of £27k)
[quote][p][bold]Andy Higham[/bold] wrote: I thought the idea was that a fair would RAISE money not COST[/p][/quote]What has happened to the £30'000 left over from last year? Has Morris had it? It would make more sense if the £3k came from that money (giving last years event a respectable profit of £27k) atlas123
  • Score: 0

8:22pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Hollieanne says...

atlas123 wrote:
Andy Higham wrote: I thought the idea was that a fair would RAISE money not COST
What has happened to the £30'000 left over from last year? Has Morris had it? It would make more sense if the £3k came from that money (giving last years event a respectable profit of £27k)
The Bolton News have confused the issue a bit here. The £30,000 was raised by the charities for themselves not for the summer fayre or the council.
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy Higham[/bold] wrote: I thought the idea was that a fair would RAISE money not COST[/p][/quote]What has happened to the £30'000 left over from last year? Has Morris had it? It would make more sense if the £3k came from that money (giving last years event a respectable profit of £27k)[/p][/quote]The Bolton News have confused the issue a bit here. The £30,000 was raised by the charities for themselves not for the summer fayre or the council. Hollieanne
  • Score: 1

11:00pm Tue 1 Apr 14

sunfun says...

So £3000 of Bolton council tax payer’s money is going to be wasted on an unnecessary indulgence?
So £3000 of Bolton council tax payer’s money is going to be wasted on an unnecessary indulgence? sunfun
  • Score: 0

3:31pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Hollieanne says...

sunfun wrote:
So £3000 of Bolton council tax payer’s money is going to be wasted on an unnecessary indulgence?
It is not an unnecessary indulgence; it help to raise awareness and much-needed money for various charities. If you describe this as unnecessary how would you describe the ice rink and big wheel in Victoria Square at Christmas, the street entertainment, also on Victoria Square or the Continental markets?
[quote][p][bold]sunfun[/bold] wrote: So £3000 of Bolton council tax payer’s money is going to be wasted on an unnecessary indulgence?[/p][/quote]It is not an unnecessary indulgence; it help to raise awareness and much-needed money for various charities. If you describe this as unnecessary how would you describe the ice rink and big wheel in Victoria Square at Christmas, the street entertainment, also on Victoria Square or the Continental markets? Hollieanne
  • Score: 2

6:36pm Wed 2 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

Hollieanne wrote:
sunfun wrote:
So £3000 of Bolton council tax payer’s money is going to be wasted on an unnecessary indulgence?
It is not an unnecessary indulgence; it help to raise awareness and much-needed money for various charities. If you describe this as unnecessary how would you describe the ice rink and big wheel in Victoria Square at Christmas, the street entertainment, also on Victoria Square or the Continental markets?
I would describe them as unnecessary indulgences in these austere times, however if they produce a profit, i.e. rents and feets then go for it.

I would argue that relatively few people benefit from these.

Whilst I would imagine most of Bromley X would benefit on a daily basis if the money was invested in the main roads of Bromley X
[quote][p][bold]Hollieanne[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sunfun[/bold] wrote: So £3000 of Bolton council tax payer’s money is going to be wasted on an unnecessary indulgence?[/p][/quote]It is not an unnecessary indulgence; it help to raise awareness and much-needed money for various charities. If you describe this as unnecessary how would you describe the ice rink and big wheel in Victoria Square at Christmas, the street entertainment, also on Victoria Square or the Continental markets?[/p][/quote]I would describe them as unnecessary indulgences in these austere times, however if they produce a profit, i.e. rents and feets then go for it. I would argue that relatively few people benefit from these. Whilst I would imagine most of Bromley X would benefit on a daily basis if the money was invested in the main roads of Bromley X atlas123
  • Score: -1

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