Normally at this time of year, the working group who organise the Collett Festival would be entering the final preparation phase to ensure the event is a great success. The Council took the decision in January this year that it would not be possible to run a typical event; back in January we had no idea how successful the vaccination programme would be and what potential effect that would have on the outdoors event industry. Even now, official guidance is still very much up in the air with regards encouraging outdoor gatherings in the summer so for absolute public safety, it remains the right decision.

However! With restrictions easing, the weather improving and pub (gardens at least) now back open, we wish to provide some performing arts focal points over the coming months. We’ve set aside a budget to enable small scale but family friendly events, always free for everyone and occasions that celebrate the performing talent that this town has in abundance! If you are a singer, ukulele player, comedian, or any other performer, and want to perform for the community, please contact the Council office at We’re also keen to hear from sports trainers able to run fun, safe activities and classes for the public to discover: tai-chi, HIIT, hula hoop, capoeira – we’re open to suggestions!

Events such as these are for the benefit predominantly of residents. However, the word might spread far and wide and be another reason to put our town on the map. For that reason, recently, the Council has decided to employ a Communications, Marketing and Community Engagement Officer. We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic marketing and communications professional who will share our commitment and belief in the unique potential of the town. This role will be responsible for all the Council’s communications and community engagement activities, such as the events programme, working with the Council team, the voluntary sector and spanning the arts and culture, sustainability, horticulture, festivals and a great deal more. If you know anyone who would fit this role, ask them to visit our website for more details.

Until next time.
Matt Harrison, Chairperson