Fees too high

Malvern Gazette: Fees too high Fees too high

I SHOULD like to take this opportunity to thank Community Action for all the hard work and commitment they show towards the local community, culminating in the Charities Fair last week – a mammoth effort to organise so many small local charities who in turn can benefit from the kindness and generosity of local people.

However, this same generosity of spirit cannot be seen in ‘the powers that be’.

Until a few years ago, the fair was held in what was then the Winter Gardens and the support from residents and visitors was superb. Unfortunately, the sudden price increase was so exorbitant that an alternative venue had to be found.

It saddens me when small charities are struggling to survive and continue with a huge amount of fantastic work that in this day and age their attitude is not reflected in the business world.

There are no other suitable venues local to the town centre apart from the Forum. We know that many people are not prepared, or often able, to get down to Malvern St James School, so that by the afternoon there are more stall holders than visitors. This was not the case when it was held in the theatre precincts.

With the current rents being charged, it is virtually impossible for Community Action to make anything other than a very small profit.

It does not seem to be asking too much for the theatre management and the school to consider reducing its fees. This is one event of so much benefit to so many people.

Where is the Christmas spirit and when does charity begin at home?

DIANA MAIDEN Kaleidoscope Breakaway

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