RE PORTCHESTER GALA SATURDAY 20TH JUNE 2020 EVENT CANCELLED
On behalf of all our Trustees, volunteers and staff, and in light of the recent Corona Virus outbreak, the Portchester Community Association team, on the advice we have been given and after much discussion, have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s gala, which was to be held on Saturday the 20th June.
Many hours of planning and work behind the scenes, has been taking place over the last few months, but as a community association, our priority at this time, must be the safety of everyone either taking part in, attending, or helping at the event.
With something that has long been a village tradition, it will be sad for the event not to be taking place this year, but we have taken into account government advice and want to keep all our community members, our volunteer teams, members of the public and gala visitors as safe as possible.
Depending on circumstances and government guidance, we will be planning next year’s gala, and we are determined to make it the best possible.
For all of the folks who have already supported the event that was planned for June, we wanted to say thank you, and we will be contacting you all via email or by phone.
In light of the cancellation we have two options at present,
Either a refund of money already paid, or the opportunity to leave the payment with us, and we will carry this payment over to next year’s event where your pitch will be booked at this year’s cost. Unfortunately, it is a distinct possibility that it will be necessary to increase stall costs for next year for new bookings.
We will be keeping the Portchester Hub open for as long as possible, and if we should have to close the shop and the office, we will still be contactable via the email, so please contact us if you have any questions and we will do our best to help.
Many thanks the Portchester Community Association Team
Portchester Gala is a community run event that dates back over one hundred years. It is held annually comprising of a procession through the village followed by a day of events, games and stalls in the grounds of Portchester Castle, “the most impressive and best-preserved ‘Saxon Shore’ forts”.
The Gala is held every June (the 3rd Saturday in June) and over 5,000 visitors are expected each year. The day includes craft stalls, a fun fair, dancing displays and much, much more to keep the whole family entertained all day.
Portchester Gala 2020 is Saturday 20th June ! It promises to be bigger than ever! Please join in and help us to make the Gala as fantastic as possible be it as a volunteer, a procession entry or with a stall at the Castle!