Should the Town Council Fund 50% Towards Cricket Club Fireworks 2019?

Many of you attended the first Raunds Town Cricket club fireworks display last year which used Kimbolton Fireworks

The Cricket Club received help from the Town Council to achieve this and would like to hold another event this year but believe they can only do this with the Councils help.

Previous support included 50% of the cost of Fireworks, supply of fencing, floodlighting and assistance marshalling

A representative from the Cricket Club provided a breakdown of the income and expenditure from the event, which is summarised in the table below.

INCOMEEXPENDITURE
PROFIT3004
Gate4535Fireworks1500
Pitch Fees220Bar Costs520
Bar804Fencing180
Advert60
First Response100
A & R Print195
SUB TOTAL5559SUB TOTAL2555

The Cricket Club would like to hold the event on Sunday 3rd of November

It is currently understood that no decision has been made on this topic within the meeting of the Events Committee, however, the information will be presented to the Full Town Council so that one can be made

What are your thoughts? – should the Town Council subsidise this event from tax payer money or should those that want to attend be the ones that fund it? – let us know in the comments

12 thoughts on “Should the Town Council Fund 50% Towards Cricket Club Fireworks 2019?

  • 13th February 2019 at 9:51 pm
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    Yes please have future fireworks at the cricket club. The first one was well attended, possibly a few glitches can be ironed out, healthy profit made. Even if it broke even it is a good facility for the town. Follows on from the events in the summer.

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  • Chopper Watts
    13th February 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    Sounds good to me ,from the good response i heard about the last one !? I didn’t go and probably won’t ever but if it means less households displays and safer ,responsible displays at a set time reduces late night fireworks then fine go ahead ,regardless of costs to public ,it’ll be worth it ???

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  • 15th February 2019 at 8:13 pm
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    It seems the council can get back the money they put in, so no real reason not to support it.

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  • 15th February 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    As a member of the cricket club, please forgive me for my bias, but please do hear me out.

    Without the funding from the council, the overhead costs to put on an event like this are way too much of a risk for a small sports club like the cricket club. To my knowledge this is the first time, certainly since i’ve been alive, that Raunds town has held its own fireworks event and you only have to look as far as the comments on this page from the night to see how much of a success it was. The field was full with a great family friendly community vibe and a fun night was had by all.

    When previous comments talk about ‘a company trying to make a profit’, this is not a big businessman, this is the local sports club gaining some profit to put back into the ground, the upkeep of running the club and replacing old equipment. This is then used by not only the senior teams but also all of the children in the youth teams at the club. These youth teams provide a great way for families to keep children active and out of trouble.

    On top of that, you will remember that there were various locally run food and confectionery businesses present. These businesses all left great reviews with some saying it was the first time they had ever run out of stock at an event.

    So for the sake of £1500, (compare that to some of the other things the council has to pay out for **cough** church steps **cough**) with benefits of LOCAL food businesses making LOCAL people successful, families having a fantastic memorable evening and a sports club that has been nestled in the heart of the community for over 150 years making enough money to survive another winter with little to no income, it’s really not that much of a price to pay.

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  • Saul Croxford
    15th February 2019 at 9:08 pm
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    As a member of the cricket club, please forgive me for my bias, but please do hear me out.

    Without the funding from the council, the overhead costs to put on an event like this are way too much of a risk for a small sports club like the cricket club. To my knowledge this is the first time, certainly since i’ve been alive, that Raunds town has held its own fireworks event and you only have to look as far as the comments on this page from the night to see how much of a success it was. The field was full with a great family friendly community vibe and a fun night was had by all.

    When previous comments talk about ‘a company trying to make a profit’, this is not a big businessman, this is the local sports club gaining some profit to put back into the ground, the upkeep of running the club and replacing old equipment. This is then used by not only the senior teams but also all of the children in the youth teams at the club. These youth teams provide a great way for families to keep children active and out of trouble.

    On top of that, you will remember that there were various locally run food and confectionery businesses present. These businesses all left great reviews with some saying it was the first time they had ever run out of stock at an event.

    So for the sake of £1500, (compare that to some of the other things the council has to pay out for **cough** church steps **cough**) with benefits of LOCAL food businesses making LOCAL people successful, families having a fantastic memorable evening and a sports club that has been nestled in the heart of the community for over 150 years making enough money to survive another winter with little to no income, it’s really not that much of a price to pay.

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    • Mike Turner
      15th February 2019 at 9:24 pm
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      I think the event is fantastic; if it is put on again this year we will all certainly come and support it; paying at the gate and making purchases from the vendors inside as we did last year. My issue is simply that tax payer money that goes to the Council shouldn’t end up in the Cricket Club. If the Council want to fund an event by taking taxpayer money then just like the Mayors Show or Summer Picnic, it should be made free. Otherwise what’s happening is, the people in Raunds are all paying a bit for the fireworks but can’t actually get into the event unless they’re willing to pay even more on the gate for the entrance fee. With as you said profits going back into the club. My personal view is that the club should find some way to get the council to provide some mitigation to the risk by a loan or something similar, which is repaid back to the Council along with a % of the profits so it becomes a win-win. Either that or for the Council to work with the Cricket Club to make this a fully funded event as part of the events budget so it is truly open to everyone (as is done in other towns) and the club could make profit from the bar and charging for the vendors

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    • Saul Croxford
      15th February 2019 at 9:38 pm
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      I understand what you’re saying Mike but my counterpoint would be it’s only £1500 out of a much larger budget and lots of people benefit. The cricket club benefiting is local people benefiting. What the council are doing here is investing £1500, giving people a great evening and returning £3000 into a community asset.

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  • Chris Lack
    19th February 2019 at 11:40 am
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    Looks like all the profit the cricket club made has put kimbolton fireworks out of business 😂😂

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  • 4th March 2019 at 9:29 pm
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    Having to think about funding the fireworks but signing off a bandstand that cost over £300,000 that has to my knowledge, never ever had a band in it. Fund the fireworks because people want it, get the money back for the unbelievably bad decision for the overpriced , unwanted and unused bandstand. And if you don’t want to pay to watch the fireworks because the communities cricket team gets a few extra quid then stand in Bassford recreation ground and watch them for free.

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