Loanhead Children’s Gala Day


The Crowning and Gala Day is Saturday 27th June 2015

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Despite being one of the largest local festivals in Scotland, Loanhead Children’s Day and Gala Week are organised by a very small committee, the membership of which has now dropped to less than 10 people. If this much loved tradition is to be maintained in our town, it is essential that more people come forward to help with planning, organisational and fundraising tasks.

Cutbacks in the plant and labour assistance provided by Midlothian Council and impending changes in the policing arrangements for public events of this type will place an even greater emphasis on voluntary help from the community if our annual festivities are to continue at anything approaching the scale to which we have become accustomed.

It is appreciated that whilst many people are not terribly keen to serve on committees, there are some who may be willing to help out in a practical manner when events are actually taking place. The Gala Committee, in conjunction with the Loanhead Community Development Association, therefore intends to establish a Loanhead Community Events Support Team.

This will comprise volunteers who are willing to help out at large community events, not only during the Gala Week but also on occasions such as the Street Fair, the Fireworks Display and the switch on of the Christmas Lights.

Tasks could include stewarding at a variety of events, deliveries of items such as this programme, making up Gala bags, operating a stall or sales point, erecting marquees, erecting and removing signage, coning of streets, helping to run the sports, setting out barriers or chairs and many other such roles.

The intention is that, prior to any event taking place, members of the Community Events Support Team would be contacted, probably by email, with details of the event and a list of the tasks for which volunteers are required. Each member will then advise what tasks they may be available to assist with for any particular event. Any commitment will therefore only arise on an event by event basis. Team members will not be involved in the prior organisation of events and there will be no meetings to attend.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Loanhead Community Events Support Team, please contact us via the Contact Us page (Click to be re-directed)