The Little Gomersal Community Association was formally constituted in March 2004 through the activities of a group of people from within the village.
They had had the idea of organising a village Fayre in the summer of 1999: this proved to be an unfortunate beginning as it was a complete washout!
Undeterred, for the next and all subsequent years, it became our annual Mayday Fayre.
This same group also worked hard to enhance the centre of the village - Townhill Square. It was then an open area of tarmac with no significant features apart from a telephone box. The group was successful in bidding for central government funding to enhance the environment of small villages. They were successful in obtaining funding of £20,000 that led, over a period of three years, to the construction of the ‘feature’. The telephone box suffered irreparable damage during the planning and development stages of the project and was not reinstated because of GPO cutbacks- and the arrival of mobile phones!
This period saw numerous meetings, both open and closed, before it’s construction in 2004. It was officially ‘opened’ during a brief ceremony in November that included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque.
Annual May Day Fayre
Our main fund-raising event is our Mayday Fayre which has been held every year since 1999. It has been hosted by The Wheatsheaf Inn most years, apart from a brief period when it moved to The Bull’s Head.
It has become a popular annual event that attracts many people from the local community and friends and families from further afield. It has a pleasant, informal atmosphere, particularly if it is fine and sunny! The band plays, the tea tent and BBQ provide much needed refreshment and the pub does a roaring trade!
Christmas carols around the Tree
Since 2004 when the feature in the Square was completed, the Association has been able to provide a Christmas tree and lights to brighten up the dark days around New Year.
This gave the opportunity to introduce our ‘Carols round the Tree’ event - another occasion for residents of all ages to meet together on a winter’s evening to sing familiar carols, listen to children singing, hear a brass band and hope that Santa might put in an appearance!
Refreshments are provided to keep us warm and the scene is set for a magical evening.
In 2014, the younger members of the Committee took the initiative to organise a Festival.
This event was on a far larger scale with sponsorship enabling them to bring in outside help and expertise. It was held at the end of August and based around live music being performed on the ‘festival stage’, together with more stalls than the Fayre could accommodate.
We were blessed with very good weather so that hundreds thronged the Park. The bands played, children played safely in the lower area while parents sat on the grass and picnicked in the best festival tradition. It showed off the Park at its best.
The event was a great success - as were the following two.
But our luck ran out in 2018 when the heavens opened and the event was a washout!
Occasional Volunteers & Event Helpers
Our annual events are planned and organised by the committee however we really couldn't pull it off without our fabulous occasional helpers who turn up on the day to lend a hand for a short time from a few minutes or a couple of hours.
The committee is incredibly grateful to all those informal volunteers who help us to run safe and enjoyable events.