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The future of the Shipton Charity Ball

As many of you know, a Charity Ball has been held in the New Beaconsfield Hall for the last 14 years raising in excess of £100,000 for numerous charities with a local connection. Last December another very successful event raised over £8000 for the Wychwoods’ Day Centre and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

These events have relied heavily on volunteers to organise them, on others who have given their time to entertain us, on many local businesses who have provided auction and raffle prizes and sponsorship, and on countless local residents who have supported the Ball with their attendance and generosity. The following merit special thanks: Gordon Halliday and his organising Committee for the first 10 years, my organising Committee for the last 4 years, the Rooflight Company, Mervyn Cawley and, of course, Ragged Edge who have played at every Ball.

The format for the Ball has remained largely unchanged since 2002 and the challenge to source, every year, interesting auction prizes (which inevitably generate the serious money for the charities) has become increasingly difficult. Although some may say “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” the current Committee unanimously believe that the time has come to stand down and allow a period of reflection about the future of the Charity Ball, its format and, indeed, whether or not an alternative event should replace it. So, as things stand, there will be no Charity Ball in 2017.

If anyone is interested in taking matters forward I would be very happy to discuss this further.

Peter Hilling
01993 830656

April – May 2017