Councillors vote against funding one-day choral and arts event in Woodford Green

Volunteers helping out during the Woodford Festival

Volunteers helping out during the Woodford Festival - Credit: Archant

Councillors voted against funding a one day choral and art event in Woodford Green planned by the organisers of the Woodford Festival.

The area two committee has previously supported the Woodford Festival, to be held again in 2014.

But at their meeting in Sir James Hawkey Hall in Broomhill Road, Woodford Green, on Tuesday, councillors rejected a request for £1,500 from Ron Wortley-Millek, treasurer of the festival’s association.

The money would have gone on an event planned in November in St Mary’s Church in High Road, to include music from the Fairlop Brass Band and other acts.

The association intends to give proceeds including ticket and programme sales to military charity Help for Heroes and was asking for the committee to fully fund the event.

Cllr Paul Canal said: “I don’t think, in these times of austerity, we should fund a one-day festival particularly when, through their hard work, they [the association] has £4,000 in their accounts.”

He added that he “looked forward” to funding the full festival in 2014.

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Cllr Felicity Banks said she would be happy to contribute “at least £1,000” but councillors voted six to four in favour of Cllr Canal’s suggestion.

Following the meeting, Mr Wortley-Millik said: ““I suppose looking back I should have asked for some of the money.

“It’s not dead in the water.

“There’s about two other organisations I can apply to.”

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