Plans get under way for two-week Bungay Festival

Bungay High School pupils performing at last year's 450th anniversary concert held as part of Bungay

Bungay High School pupils performing at last year's 450th anniversary concert held as part of Bungay Festival. - Credit: Archant

Plans have begun for this year’s Bungay Festival, which will run from July 9 to 24.

It follows the appointment of a new festival committee after the annual meeting last week, when last year’s chairman Jason Collins stood down, and was replaced by Simon Thompson, with Didy Ward as treasurer.

A secretary still has to be found, and the new committee would welcome volunteers for the role.

Mr Thompson is president of Bungay Chamber of Trade, which plans to play a significant role in the festival this year. The plan is that the printed programme for this year’s event will incorporate a wider list of activities in the community in the May to September period.

Some of the festival events popular in recent years have already been penned in, including the Kids Fun Day on the first Saturday, the Town Reeve’s Ball on July 15, the Mozart Orchestra Concert on July 16, the duck race on July 20, and the Bungay Good Read Group event on July 11.

The antiques street fair organised by the Bungay Chamber of Trade will be slightly later this year, on July 31, and will also incorporate an arts and craft exhibition.

Other events during the summer will include a choral society concert at St Mary’s Church on May 21 and another on June 25, a concert by Bungay High School in St Mary’s Church on July 6, a Bungay Black Dog Arts exhibition on the week of May 15, and a Munnings exhibition on September 22.

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Also being planned by the Town Reeve, Eamon Gaffney, is an event on June 10 to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Outgoing chairman Jason Collins said many organisations had held events for last year’s festival and he was pleased with the results. He said he hoped the festival would go from strength to strength with a new team at the helm.

The final accounts for last year, presented by John Warnes, showed that the new committee had £1,653 with which to start this year. The accounts were adopted.

The next meeting of the festival committee will be on Wednesday, February 17, at 7.30pm in the council chamber.

Anyone with an interest in the festival, or who wants to hold an event, is welcome to attend.

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