So, it has been 13 weeks since lockdown started, Whatever you have been doing, there is no denying 2020 has been a weird and somewhat crazy year, with mass flooding to start and total lockdown throughout the country, that has affected us all some way.
Some of us have spent it shielding from loved ones to avoid contracting this deadly disease, some of us have been amazing Key Workers and have been the life blood to keeping our essential shops and services running and some of us have been at home, probably getting lots of odd jobs done around the house!
Back at the beginning of the year, Caldicot Town Team laid out plans for our 2020 Events and Markets, little did we know at the time that all of that would be turned on its head, seemingly, it isn’t over yet!
Our popular Easter Market and Event had to be cancelled due to lockdown, along with our ambitious plans for a VE Street Party. Our May Day and Summer markets have failed to run meaning we have failed to generate any income.
For a team that love our events and markets, the happiness they bring, the families we see regularly, the community spirit it builds and the income it generates for our town and community, it is really hard to not be able to hold any of these events. However, safety is a paramount factor in everything we do and we need to be safe, not just for ourselves, our volunteers and their families, but for every single person.
We have taken the decision at this time to cancel the following events that are due to take place over the summer. Whilst lockdown restrictions are being lifted slowly, it is likely to be a long time before large crowds are able to gather at a single event. With that in mind we will be cancelling;
26th June – Caldicot Street Feast
2nd July – 999 Day
14th-16th Aug – HogFest **
That said however, it does not mean that we won’t be doing anything this year. We will be running our markets and are currently exploring running them more frequently, details of which will be published in our “Reopening Caldicot” documents very soon.
We will still be looking at holding smaller style events during the summer if we can, based on information given to us by The Senedd and The Safety Advisory Group.
We will still be here, working for businesses to ensure that any funding to help them is directed to them and that they are kept informed of latest developments, safety advice and rulings on opening times.
We will still be able to promote, support and provide help where needed for the town centre.
We will still be delivering and carrying out a plan to reopen our town centre safely for everyone to use.
Volunteers across Caldicot have played an immense part in doing so much for the community, community groups in Caldicot have thrived, diversified, delivered and made a success of doing so many selfless acts. Local people have given up their time, money and put real effort into ensuring that the most vulnerable in our community have been well looked after.
Councils have provided funding, support and given power to those who want to help, whether it be through community groups or individually.
Caldicot Town Team have played a tiny part in this crisis (focussing on business support mainly) with other groups being at the forefront of bringing, engaging and promoting community spirit. We are proud to be one cog, that helps makes up and turns the wheel in community spirit, resilience and selflessness throughout Caldicot. A big thank you goes from our team members to anyone and everyone who has helped during the crisis.