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Festival Organiser Furious After Council Blunder

Friday May 10 2013

Furious: Carol Bradbury Furious: Carol Bradbury

A FURIOUS festival organiser says her event is unlikely to take place again after a council blunder led to this year's show being cancelled.

Carol Bradbury was forced to scrap next month's Penistone Folk Festival - which attracts about 1,000 people - after the town's market barn was double booked by Barnsley Council.

The free annual event, due to take place on Sunday June 23, has been held at the venue since its inception in 2011.

Organiser Carol reserved the barn through the council's events office, for the third successive year, in February, but has now been told she should have gone through the markets office.

"I was fuming," said Carol. "Absolutely furious, everything had been arranged, all the bands had been booked.

"The council said I booked through the wrong person but I've done the same for the past two years."

Carol was offered two other dates - June 9 and 16 - but chose to turn them down because of clashes with the mayor's parade and an event in Silkstone.

She said that after this year's fiasco, the event may not take place again.

Cllr Linda Burgess said a council officer contacted Mrs Bradbury to apologise for the error and she was given the option of suggesting another date.

"Unfortunately, Mrs Bradbury initially rang through to the events team who would have checked their diary which does not cover markets buildings, thereby causing the confusion and double booking," she said.

"We have confirmed that this was done in error and the process has now been reviewed to ensure this does not happen again."

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Reply Posted by Believer of Bob on Friday May 10 2013 at 10:21
what do you expect with Barnsley Council

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday May 10 2013 at 10:51
offering another different date and not another location on the same day shows a lack of understanding of how events work when booking multiple bands and singers and how impossible it is for every person to change their yearly planner to suit another date. Maybe the Markets Department will have a greater skills pool with running events than the Events Department itself.... sounds like BMBC lack of communication...has anyone ventured into their web pages....its as far from intuitive as it is possible to design

Reply Posted by Graham on Friday May 10 2013 at 14:08
sadly, this is typical of the maladministration by the bureaucrats at Barnsley Council.

Reply Posted by Mark on Friday May 10 2013 at 14:59
Always passing the blame to someone else. Councils have too many different groups doing too many different things. Too many managers getting paid well too much for mess ups

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Friday May 10 2013 at 15:07
Unable to do any sort of joined up thinking, unable to pass on information between departments, poor at communicating worse at organising. Thats BMBC for you who pay over the odds for job roles than their other public sector and private secotr counterparts.

Linda Burgess wants sacking, every time I read her name I know there is some sort of blunder.

King louis I have tried the multiple versions of the website the current form is the worst yet - unuseable.

Reply Posted by donna green on Saturday May 11 2013 at 14:31
Apparently the folk festival was offered not only other dates but the same date with a share with artisan fair in shared / same venue. While it's disappointing that this year the folk festival is not going ahead I would hope that it does continue in the future. It's a great event for Penistone and could expand.

Reply Posted by stevo on Tuesday May 14 2013 at 18:22
hahahahahahahahahahaha, are you at all surprised at the buffoonery of Burgess?

Reply Posted by Dawn on Friday May 17 2013 at 21:08
The maladministration is so true with BMBC.

Reply Posted by Michael Marsden on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 14:31
What a pity!. Our group travelled over to Penistone lfrom Bolton on Dearne & Thurnscoe last year & thoroughly enjoyed our day listening to the delightful locall musical talent. Our group planned to return this year with my "ex pat cousion who'll be over from Oz. Any chance that the Paramount might help out, or Holmfirth's Picturedrome? It would be a pity to waste all the hard work in planning & the goodwill of artists?

Reply Posted by ruth on Wednesday May 22 2013 at 22:01
Can anyone give me contact details for the organisers.