Caldicot town team to take over fireworks
7:01pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
CALDICOT Town Team is to take on this year’s firework display, after previous organisers the chamber of commerce disbanded.
The town team is the first of its kind in Wales, set up to improve life in the Severnside area.
The event will take place on November 3 at Caldicot Castle from 4.30pm, with food stalls, inflatable football and sumo wrestling, and live music.
The fireworks display will take place at 7.30pm.
Stewards, staging, fireworks and car parking are all in place, said town team member Aaron Reeks, and Caldicot Town Council last week provided the last slice of funding of £2,000 needed to go ahead with the event.
“The amount of work that’s been done has been absolutely unbelievable,” said Mr Reeks.
This year, the entry charge to the fireworks display has been reduced to £3 per person, or £10 for a family of four – an important issue for the event organisers, as they felt last year costs had begun to spiral.
Event organiser Dan Davies told the Free Press: “The team have worked hard to make this year’s event cheaper without sacrificing anything.
“We’re looking forward to it being another brilliant night for the people of Caldicot and look forward to more events to come in the future.”
Caldicot Scouts will be stewarding at the event. The Explorers from Magor will be providing first aid, Monmouthshire Youth Service will organise children’s activities and the leisure centre will be bringing the inflatable five-a-side football pitch. There will be live music including the Ant Hill Mob from Chepstow, plus a licensed bar and a funfair.
There will be free car parking at the Mitel hotel.
Visit www.caldicotfireworks.co.uk for more details.
The town team will be made up of eight or nine core members, with a drop-in office in the town centre. It is in the process of writing its constitution and is looking to create annual events.
Its ideas for improving the town will go online and be distributed for residents to vote yes or no.
The team will take part in an engagement event in Caldicot town centre on Tuesday, coinciding with an event organised by Waitrose, when they hope to recruit more volunteers and helpers.
The town team will be part of a wider programme for improving Severnside, which will itself be run by a non-political board, composed of a senior responsible officer, a programme director, a programme sponsor, a Severnside area committee representative, Monmouthshire County Council members, Monmouthshire Housing chief executive, representatives from Melin Homes and town councils, a senior user and programme manager, as well as representatives from the town team and local businesses.
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