Folk fest tail wagging dog?
SIR - I agree with Brian Hall, Annette Brown, Joanna De Remer and Sally Stephens’ letters that the Folk Festival contributes financially to our shops, hotels and public houses.
However, I wonder if we have reached the point where the tail, rather than the head, is wagging the dog.
I am unaware of the Folk Festival supporting our Cottage Hospital or purchasing medical equipment for the surgery, or assisting the scouts, or a Christmas dinner for homebound seniors.
In fact, they have the need to secure funding for the Children’s Festival from outside sources.
Let us face reality. Sidmouth Folk Festival Ltd is a business.
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Finally, Mr Hall’s blessing of Folk Festival based on donations and support of other voluntary and local organisations may be a clouded vision. Some give to charities simply because it may be politically or socially wise.
I am aware of the Mission Statement of Save the Children, Oxfam etc., etc. What are the social or human goals of the Folk Festival Charity? Does it have a Mission Statement?
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- 2 East Devon's first zero-emission hire car now on the road
- 3 Plea for collectors to support town's air show
- 4 A tale of two cities made more accessible by air
- 5 Wars of the Roses and end of the medieval era
- 6 Official accreditation for Sidmouth Vikings
- 7 Urgent action sought to improve Four Elms Hill road safety
- 8 Art society gear up for return of exhibition
- 9 Sidmouth bowlers suffer Madeira defeat
- 10 Public open gardens event cancelled due to Covid
Possibly, if we, the residents of Sidmouth, allocated a large per cent of our daily spending to local shops, the need for Folk Festival might dissipate.
A J Cunningham