Mellor's WW1 commemoration and charity event cancelled due to lack of interest

Mellor's WW1 commemoration and charity event cancelled due to lack of interest

Mellor's WW1 commemoration and charity event cancelled due to lack of interest

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN event to commemorate the start of the First World War has been cancelled due to a lack of interest.

Mellor Village Hall had been set to host the event on Saturday, August 23.

Organisers said that not enough tickets had been sold to cover the costs of holding the event.

It had been hoped to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Residents had been asked to donate memorabilia to be displayed on the day.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “Sadly we've had to cancel the proposed First World War commemoration event.

“Despite some very generous offers of items for the planned exhibition general interest within the village has been low and it did not look like we would sell enough tickets to cover our costs, let alone generate a surplus for our proposed Help for Heroes charity.

“I would like to thank those that volunteered help and/or artefacts.

“It’s a shame I can't say we can always do it next year.”

Coun Pat Young, chair of Mellor Parish Council, said that she hoped that the event would be staged later in the year.

She said: “It’s very sad that it’s not going to go ahead.

“The problem is that it’s the holiday period and people are away from the village.

“People book holidays months in advance and don’t necessarily realise that these sorts of things are being booked at the same time.

“I would hope that it will be staged later in the year and I will speak to the organisers about it.

“It’s a real shame that it will not be held in August but this sort of thing happens to summer events every year.”

Writing on Facebook, Mellor resident Nicola Sumner said: “I didn’t know anything about it.

“It is a shame especially as it was for charity too.”

Neighbour Lisa Wallace added: “Is there no chance at all?

“I didn't know the tickets were on sale yet to be honest.

“I was fully planning to go.”

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8:15pm Sat 26 Jul 14

AlexanderB90 says...

Should have done it in support of The Royal British Legion.

Most people won't touch HfH with a bargepole as they know that too much of the money raised goes towards administrative costs
Should have done it in support of The Royal British Legion. Most people won't touch HfH with a bargepole as they know that too much of the money raised goes towards administrative costs AlexanderB90
  • Score: 11

8:51pm Sat 26 Jul 14

barryinthailand says...

“It’s a real shame that it will not be held in August but this sort of thing happens to summer events every year.” said Coun Pat Young.

BBQ's and Summer fetes are usually held around Christmas time as everybody is on holiday in the summer. When the re-scheduled events take place no f"""""r turns up, as they originally went on holiday to avoid it.
“It’s a real shame that it will not be held in August but this sort of thing happens to summer events every year.” said Coun Pat Young. BBQ's and Summer fetes are usually held around Christmas time as everybody is on holiday in the summer. When the re-scheduled events take place no f"""""r turns up, as they originally went on holiday to avoid it. barryinthailand
  • Score: 8

9:13pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Professor Plum says...

Why on earth was this event raising money for Help for Heroes, surely the appropriate charity would be the Royal British Legion. I don't quite understand why HFH exists when the RBS have been doing a sterling job for decades. Just another set of management structure, premium wages, final salary pension schemes for a management structure that covers something that already exists. Anyway, I live in the area and didn't know the event was planned. It seems to me the organising committee have fallen short here.
Why on earth was this event raising money for Help for Heroes, surely the appropriate charity would be the Royal British Legion. I don't quite understand why HFH exists when the RBS have been doing a sterling job for decades. Just another set of management structure, premium wages, final salary pension schemes for a management structure that covers something that already exists. Anyway, I live in the area and didn't know the event was planned. It seems to me the organising committee have fallen short here. Professor Plum
  • Score: 20

10:14pm Sat 26 Jul 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

No wonder there is a lack of interest
1. It's mind numbingly boring
2. Some people are fed up of glorifying wars
3. It happened over 100 years ago
Just move on will you for the sake of mankind.
No wonder there is a lack of interest 1. It's mind numbingly boring 2. Some people are fed up of glorifying wars 3. It happened over 100 years ago Just move on will you for the sake of mankind. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -17

10:30pm Sat 26 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Apathy l,m afraid to say. many people alive today cannot relate to this war because all the soldiers are dead and the generations of grand children are far too busy on their smartphones..
Apathy l,m afraid to say. many people alive today cannot relate to this war because all the soldiers are dead and the generations of grand children are far too busy on their smartphones.. noddy57
  • Score: 1

1:05am Sun 27 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Apathy l,m afraid to say. many people alive today cannot relate to this war because all the soldiers are dead and the generations of grand children are far too busy on their smartphones..
Apathy l,m afraid to say. many people alive today cannot relate to this war because all the soldiers are dead and the generations of grand children are far too busy on their smartphones.. noddy57
  • Score: 2

8:59am Sun 27 Jul 14

Noiticer says...

A village where commonsense and good reason flourishes - hooray! We don't always need parades and church services to remember - some of us prefer quiet reflection and practical peace promoting acts.
A village where commonsense and good reason flourishes - hooray! We don't always need parades and church services to remember - some of us prefer quiet reflection and practical peace promoting acts. Noiticer
  • Score: 4

10:52am Sun 27 Jul 14

vicn1956 says...

2 for 5p
you are mind numbingly boring
we are fed up of you glorifying your views
when you are gone few will want to remember you
will you move on?
I suppose in ww1 + ww2 you would have cowered and squeeled "please protect me" and found ways of avoiding danger
2 for 5p you are mind numbingly boring we are fed up of you glorifying your views when you are gone few will want to remember you will you move on? I suppose in ww1 + ww2 you would have cowered and squeeled "please protect me" and found ways of avoiding danger vicn1956
  • Score: 10

11:15am Sun 27 Jul 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

vicn1956 wrote:
2 for 5p
you are mind numbingly boring
we are fed up of you glorifying your views
when you are gone few will want to remember you
will you move on?
I suppose in ww1 + ww2 you would have cowered and squeeled "please protect me" and found ways of avoiding danger
What I said is total truth.
The proof is in the pudding, the majority of people don't give a s**t about glorifying ooh sorry I mean commemorating Wars that happened years ago. If they did then this debacle would not of been a wash out.
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: 2 for 5p you are mind numbingly boring we are fed up of you glorifying your views when you are gone few will want to remember you will you move on? I suppose in ww1 + ww2 you would have cowered and squeeled "please protect me" and found ways of avoiding danger[/p][/quote]What I said is total truth. The proof is in the pudding, the majority of people don't give a s**t about glorifying ooh sorry I mean commemorating Wars that happened years ago. If they did then this debacle would not of been a wash out. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -3

12:55pm Sun 27 Jul 14

eastlancslad says...

vicn1956:
2for5p is a well known pacifist. Anything to do with the history of this country which involved defending our shores is wrong in his eyes.
He also usually has quite a lot to say about any matter relating to the Ribble Valley, which he hates because he sees it as full of posh people.
Apart from that, he likes to wind people up and probably gets his kicks this way.
vicn1956: 2for5p is a well known pacifist. Anything to do with the history of this country which involved defending our shores is wrong in his eyes. He also usually has quite a lot to say about any matter relating to the Ribble Valley, which he hates because he sees it as full of posh people. Apart from that, he likes to wind people up and probably gets his kicks this way. eastlancslad
  • Score: 3

7:11pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Bellypork says...

Personally I think the community of Mellor just can't be arsed !
Personally I think the community of Mellor just can't be arsed ! Bellypork
  • Score: 0

7:36pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Copperhead says...

Whilst it is sad to see an even such as this cancelled because of a lack of ticket sales, I'm sorry to say that it is bound to happen as the years pass and fewer and fewer people have any direct connection with the events of 1914-18.
And the same will happen with WW2 - just as all the actual combatants of WW1 have now passed away, so too will the men and women who fought in WW2. Both my grandfathers fought in WW1 and they have been dead for decades. My father's generation fought Hitler's War and now, they too have gone, at least from my family - my wife and I have no-one, male or female, who had any involvement in that conflict, either as a combatant or as a worker involved in war-work.
Both those wars had a terrible and long-lasting impact on our society. Our built-landscape of memorial halls, war memorials, commemorative statues and other reminders such as the well-known " rec " in Feniscowles ( the war-memorial playing fields ) were part and parcel of my generation's childhood. Even as kids we knew and sensed something huge and terrible had happened and we felt it because our fathers, grandfathers, uncles and neighbours had fought those wars. It was a palpable thing and shaped our attitudes.
But our children and grandchildren feel no such thing. My grandchildren grow up never knowing a man who has had to take up arms and fight a war or a woman widowed in a war. Theirs is a new world - any wars are remote and far-away and the only fighting they will ever have to do - hopefully - is when playing " Call of Duty " on their X-Boxes.
And if you think about it, isn't this just progress ? After all, if we remembered each and every conflict eternally, we would still be holding memorial events for the Boer War, the Crimean War, the Napoleonic Wars ( which were fought against an enemy every bit as threatening to this country as Hitler's War ), the 100 yrs War and so on back to the Roman Invasion in AD55.
Wars will be remembered as long as there are those left alive who fought those wars ,and maybe their children too, but after that they pass into memory.
Whilst it is sad to see an even such as this cancelled because of a lack of ticket sales, I'm sorry to say that it is bound to happen as the years pass and fewer and fewer people have any direct connection with the events of 1914-18. And the same will happen with WW2 - just as all the actual combatants of WW1 have now passed away, so too will the men and women who fought in WW2. Both my grandfathers fought in WW1 and they have been dead for decades. My father's generation fought Hitler's War and now, they too have gone, at least from my family - my wife and I have no-one, male or female, who had any involvement in that conflict, either as a combatant or as a worker involved in war-work. Both those wars had a terrible and long-lasting impact on our society. Our built-landscape of memorial halls, war memorials, commemorative statues and other reminders such as the well-known " rec " in Feniscowles ( the war-memorial playing fields ) were part and parcel of my generation's childhood. Even as kids we knew and sensed something huge and terrible had happened and we felt it because our fathers, grandfathers, uncles and neighbours had fought those wars. It was a palpable thing and shaped our attitudes. But our children and grandchildren feel no such thing. My grandchildren grow up never knowing a man who has had to take up arms and fight a war or a woman widowed in a war. Theirs is a new world - any wars are remote and far-away and the only fighting they will ever have to do - hopefully - is when playing " Call of Duty " on their X-Boxes. And if you think about it, isn't this just progress ? After all, if we remembered each and every conflict eternally, we would still be holding memorial events for the Boer War, the Crimean War, the Napoleonic Wars ( which were fought against an enemy every bit as threatening to this country as Hitler's War ), the 100 yrs War and so on back to the Roman Invasion in AD55. Wars will be remembered as long as there are those left alive who fought those wars ,and maybe their children too, but after that they pass into memory. Copperhead
  • Score: -1

9:11am Mon 28 Jul 14

Noiticer says...

Well said Copperhead. Yes, learn the lessons of history but make sure through everyday acts and eternal vigilance that such horrors are not repeated. Encourage our children and grandchildren to travel and meet people from all parts of the world so that they can learn that most fellow humans share the same yearning for peace. Above all don't allow our politicians to fight wars or think of fighting wars on our behalf unless it's the last resort.
Well said Copperhead. Yes, learn the lessons of history but make sure through everyday acts and eternal vigilance that such horrors are not repeated. Encourage our children and grandchildren to travel and meet people from all parts of the world so that they can learn that most fellow humans share the same yearning for peace. Above all don't allow our politicians to fight wars or think of fighting wars on our behalf unless it's the last resort. Noiticer
  • Score: 0

5:36pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Ossyosssyossy says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
No wonder there is a lack of interest
1. It's mind numbingly boring
2. Some people are fed up of glorifying wars
3. It happened over 100 years ago
Just move on will you for the sake of mankind.
What an absolute tosses you really are!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: No wonder there is a lack of interest 1. It's mind numbingly boring 2. Some people are fed up of glorifying wars 3. It happened over 100 years ago Just move on will you for the sake of mankind.[/p][/quote]What an absolute tosses you really are! Ossyosssyossy
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Sun 10 Aug 14

chammy says...

What sort of people think its glorifying war, having these events,people who have lost loved ones just want them to be remembered for the sacrifices they made as thousands lost their lives,some people try to do good things and some people would rather complain about anything. Had this event been properly advertised im sure more people would have supported it ive never heard of it and im only 5 minuites away.
What sort of people think its glorifying war, having these events,people who have lost loved ones just want them to be remembered for the sacrifices they made as thousands lost their lives,some people try to do good things and some people would rather complain about anything. Had this event been properly advertised im sure more people would have supported it ive never heard of it and im only 5 minuites away. chammy
  • Score: 0

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