10th, 11th & 12th April 2020
@ Meltham C of E School | Holmfirth Road | Meltham | HD9 4DA
The team behind Meltham Memories and Meltham Beer Festival met last night (09/03/2020) to discuss the Meltham Beer Festival, it was decided that this year’s event would be postponed, with a view to hosting it later in the year.
At the meeting, we discussed our risk assessment, which we updated to reflect the demands of the latest developments around Coronovirus (Covid-19). The steps we were going to put in place were measured and sensible given the current advice and guidance from Government and Public Health England, our risk assessment would have been updated accordingly in the run up to the event.
However, one critical aspect, which is important in our risk management strategy is our event insurance, the supplier of which, yesterday (9 March) informed us that an exclusion had been applied to our policy, which we were not informed of. The impact of this exclusion means that we are no longer insured for any impact of Covid-19 e.g. cancellation, bands not being able to perform, a lack of beer to sell due to any logistical issues etc.
This put the Committee in a difficult position and needing to make a challenging decision. The financial risk to the volunteer-run Meltham Memories committee was too significant to risk and that any financial loss incurred from the Beer Festival would impact negatively on our ability to deliver the remaining schedule of events in 2020. It was therefore decided that this year's Meltham Beer Festival, due to be hosted over the Easter weekend was to be cancelled, with a view to looking to host the event later in the year.
Last year’s event was incredibly successful, it generated in excess of £10,000 in surplus revenue, which enabled us to donate funds to each of the three schools in Meltham and Meltham Wildlife Rescue; amongst others. This was a token of gratitude for their support in the many events that the Meltham Memories committee have delivered in it’s 12 years of existence. The Meltham Memories events have always proven to be popular and their impact on the local economy has been consistently positive.
We have communicated this news to our sponsors, event delivery partners and suppliers. They have, as ever, been incredibly understanding and supportive of our decision and the reasoning behind it. Most of them have already pledged their support for a future event. We are incredibly grateful for their on-going support.
All customers who have bought a ticket for the event will shortly be receiving a full refund for any tickets that have been purchased. A separate email will follow, with funds arriving in the next few days; hopefully before the end of the week. We have only sold tickets through Brown Paper Tickets - so any purchases through that site will be refunded in line with their refund policy.
We are as disappointed as you may well be and we look forward to this year’s Meltham Memories 1950/60's weekend on 3 and 4 July 2020 – planning for which continues at pace. We are content that the process we have undertaken to reach this decision is sound and we stand as a Committee with this decision. We will look to rearrange the Beer Festival for later in the year, but many conversations need to be had before we can confirm any news on that.
Should you have any questions about this decision, you are invited to email us; firstname.lastname@example.org or call Richard on 07706678730. Any media enquiries should also contact the same.