Frampton Festival 2020 cancelled as organisers struggle to find venue
ORGANISERS of the Frampton Festival have announced the cancellation of this year’s event after struggling to find a venue.
The festival has traditionally been held in the Centenary Field every July, but had to move last year because vehicle access to the field has been blocked by a collapsed stone wall.
The rebuilding of the wall has been delayed by a dispute between a landowner and South Gloucestershire Council over who is responsible for carrying out the work.
This forced the popular one-day festival, which attracts thousands of residents and visitors, to re-locate to the Park, also known as Crossbow playing fields, off School Road, last year (pictured above).
Festival organisers say they were told they could hold the festival there for two years, but the Park has been already been booked for another event on July 11, the date planned for this year’s festival.
Organisers have looked at other venues, including Thornells, opposite the old Star pub, and Hoopers Field, owned by Winterbourne Academy, but neither of these options were viable.
They then had talks with the Manor School in Coalpit Heath over hiring the field opposite St Saviour’s Church.
But the school governors and head said they could not support the idea, which would in any case have cost the festival up to £1,000 in hire fees, an extra cost as the parish council had let the festival use its fields for free.
After the discussions with the school the organisers published a statement on their Facebook page, which said: “It is with regret, that we as the Frampton Festival Committee have decided to take a Fallow Year in 2020, so there will be no Frampton Festival.
“We have not taken the decision lightly but we are not able to secure a venue for 2020.
“As many of you will know, there is limited access into the Centenary Field due to a neighbouring wall collapsing and safety barriers put on the edge of the carriageway opposite the gated entrance of the allotments.
“Unfortunately The Park (or as some know Crossbow Fields) are already booked out for the date required.
“Both Hoopers Field and The Manor Field were approached but were both declined to host the festival.
“We would like to thank the South Gloucestershire and the Frampton Cotterell Parish Councillors that actively have and continue to champion the Frampton Festival to ensure that the Festival along with the joint Churches Service (on the following Sunday morning) will return to its home of The Centenary Field ready for 2021.
“Thank you to all that have attended The Frampton Festival in previous years and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021.”
A statement from the Manor School said: “The governors and head teacher have met to discuss the Frampton Festival being held on our school field and regret that we are unable to support this at this time, due to concerns regarding parking and the effect that it may have on our neighbours in the local community.”
This story updates the version in the March edition of the Frome Valley Voice, which was printed before the festival committee made the decision to cancel the 2020 event.