It was a mistake in good faith

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FURTHER to your report on the Newton on the Moor and Swarland Parish Council meeting, I feel moved to write with a view to clarify and hopefully bring closure to a recent incident.

At last year’s Swarland Village Show held on August Bank Holiday Saturday, an unfortunate mistake was made – albeit in good faith.

A loyal and unreserved supporter who is a also a resident of the community was not allowed access to the show through a particular entrance. The helper manning the gate, who was not as stated in the report a committee member, but still offered his time as a volunteer, refused Coun Mrs Vaggs entry on the grounds of health and safety.

The entry refusal and subsequent manner in which the situation was handled at the gate was not ‘best practice’.

The matter has been raised again recently at the parish council meeting and the Swarland Show committee would like to offer an unreserved apology to the council member affected.

It was never our intention to cause offence and in the spirit of the show, I would like to offer a personal invitation to Coun Mrs Vaggs, to attend this year’s show which will be held on Vyner Park, Swarland, on Saturday, August 27, between noon and 4pm and would be happy to personally accompany her around some of the highlights we have in store.

I do hope that Coun Mrs Vaggs is able to accept our sincere apology and this will also enable the parish council meetings to focus on other matters in the community going forward.

Paul Lewney

Secretary, Swarland Show