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Charity hits out at decision to cancel Chorleywood Village Day
A charity which spent hundreds of pounds on publicity for its exhibit at Chorleywood Village Day has described the event's last minute cancellation as "diabolical".
The annual event was originally scheduled for July 14, but this was postponed by the parish council due to bad weather.
The new date for the show was this Saturday, but when councillors and rangers conducted a site survey on Thursday they discovered the ground was waterlogged.
Speaking at the time, Yvonne Merritt, council clerk, said: "Even if the weather does improve there will not be enough time for the ground to sufficiently drain to allow the safe passage of vehicles on the common."
The event was cancelled altogether for this year.
Some exhibitors, such as the Chorleywood based Friends of Prostate Sufferers charity (FOPS), had spent hundreds of pounds advertising their appearance at the Village Day.
More than 300 posters were delivered and put on notice boards and prominent places in the hope that people would visit the charity's stand.
Bob Arthy, chairman on the FOPS, said: "Cancelling village day once is just acceptable. Cancelling again without making other arrangements, like using car parks or the Memorial Hall is diabolical.
"The Common in between and by the two car parks near cricket club where village day is based was bone dry yesterday.
"They could have hired duck boarding, but didn't, so perhaps as a penance councillors should be dunked in the pond to realise what wet really means."
Ms Merritt said the council was also extremely disappointed and apologised for inconvenience, but argued that the weather and ground conditions were not within the council's control.
She added: "The ground conditions have been monitored throughout the summer and you will be aware that this summer has been the wettest on record.
"The ground was, in places severely waterlogged. Up until this point the council was hopeful that the ground would sufficiently dry out, but Village Day on September 8 was not felt to be viable.
"The vehicle movement over the common would have created health and safety issues and had a potentially detrimental environmental impact.
"Therefore the difficult decision was taken to cancel the event so that participants could be given as much notice as possible."
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