The trustees of the Museum, together with the Clarke family, whose support of the Museum continues to be appreciated, have reluctantly taken the decision due to spiralling costs of organising and running the event, together with the increasing strain on the farm activities.
Things have been exacerbated in recent years by the inclement weather. This was particularly the case in 2019 when the wet weather and consequential deterioration in ground conditions caused cancellation of field activities and a severe drop in visitor numbers, and as a result in income. Bizarrely, it has been recognised that we were fortunate that the 2020 event was cancelled due to Covid, as the weather on the planned Festival dates could have led to a considerable loss, a risk which we are unable to sustain as the Museum always has to operate on very tight margins.
We would like to thank exhibitors, visitors, and volunteers for their support over the last 10 years. Since 2010, including donations, a remarkable £27,000 has been donated to Cancer Research UK, ring fenced for oesophageal cancer, in memory of Nigel Clarke.
The Museum is looking to organise an alternative smaller scale event the end of September.
We hope to welcome you at the planned events at the Museum in 2021. A few dates are pencilled in but please keep a watch on our website www.prickwillowmuseum.com for further day and evening event announcements when the regulations are clearer.
Tractor Run – April 25th
Bike Day – May 16th
Car Day – June 13th
Vickers Petter 100th Birthday weekend celebrations July 3rd/4th
We are hoping to resurrect our first sixties event in August and plan a further event the end of September.
You can still support the Museum, as it strives to improve its exhibits and put in place Covid-secure practices ready for re-opening in the Spring, at our GoFundMe page link on our website or at https://gf.me/u/x3tij6 A big thank you to all those who have donated to date, it really helps.