Popular 100-year-old event cancelled – 
but it could return

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A popular annual event which has been running since the end of the First World War has been cancelled – but could return next year if enough volunteers come forward to help with its planning.

The committee behind Acklam Sports and Gymkhana Day made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event at Wood Farm, originally planned for Saturday May 24, due to a lack of manpower.

The move has disappointed members of the public, but Chris Ackerley, one of three members of the committee, says there is no other option.

“It takes a lot to organise and there just aren’t enough of us to go around,” she said. “There is just an incredible amount of work for so few members.”

“When I first started doing it there was seven people and now it has fallen to three. Even with seven volunteers, it was hard work running the show.”

First held around 100 years ado, the event was created to raise funds for retired farmworkers and then evolved into a popular annual day out which includes traditional sports and games, displays and novice show jumping.

To help it continue, Chris says volunteers would be needed to help with its organisation and also on the day to help it run smoothly.

The group also needs a new treasurer following the retirement of the previous incumbent.

Anyone interested in supporting Acklam Sports and Gymkhana Day should contact Steve Wilcox on (01653) 658031; Melanie Milner on (01653) 658254 or Chris Ackerley on (01653) 658460.

Chris said: “It’s an ideal opportunity for anyone who is looking for experience in event planning. We do get a huge buzz when people come up to you and say they have had a fabulous day. It makes it all worthwhile and we get that every year – last year’s event was wonderful.”

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