Valentine's Ball Fundraising 2014
The raising of sufficient funds is essential to the success of Villages in Bloom and since its inception the monies raised have grown year on year. We have one main fundraising event but also benefit from kind donations from generous local companies and individuals.

Our principle fund raising event is the Valentines Ball, a dinner dance accommodating 100 people and held in the Mathern and District Village Hall. Each year more and more people ask to attend the event but we are restricted to the number of people who can be accommodated. There is live music and a hog roast with the serving cleaning and washing up all done by volunteers including Greg, our Chairman with his washing up gloves, Chris our treasurer as barman and on the tea towel with Carol, Chris’s wife, counting and processing the money. Chris Hughes our a true local personality comperes the event in his own inimitable style and ensures all have a good night and that they dig deep into their wallets and purses!

Although the cost of the tickets to the event covers all costs, the main fundraising part of the event is an auction where parties donate items that can be bid for by all. The items donated to the auction vary, but are significant and most generous. These include David and Elizabeth Merrett who donated a week in each of their holiday homes in Minorca and Saundersfoot, Paul and Julia Kelley who donated a week in their holiday home in Cyprus, Peter Keats who donated a barrel of beer for the bar, The Millers Arms which donated a dinner for two and Robin Lewis who donated three walking sticks that he handcrafted himself. A raffle, with ticket printing donated by Frank and Mary Sainsbury, complements the event. These tickets are sold prior to and at the event to ensure involvement of the broader community.

People attend the event as it is a very good social gathering but also to donate in their own way to the cost of improving the quality of the environment in which they live. In true community spirit the resources necessary to drive MPMVB derive from people donating their time and effort freely but also from people donating tangible assets.
This year we raised some £4000.

David Harris
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