Heathfest festival cancelled

BROMLEY Heath’s summer community festival has been cancelled, for the fourth year in a row.

Organisers of Heathfest announced the decision that this year’s volunteer-run festival would not take place “with much regret”.

The event in Bromley Heath Park attracted 4,000 people the last time it was staged in July 2019, and raised £2,500 for local charities.

But it had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown in 2020 and continuing restrictions the following year.

Last year a decline in volunteers following the pandemic meant there was not enough support to run the festival.

The Heathfest Committee appealed for people to get involved, but not enough came forward to run the event this year.

The committee said: “We are very sorry we cannot bring you a Heathfest extravaganza this year.

“Unfortunately, having lost many existing committee members after holding the roles for a number of years, and due to not having enough people involved in helping to organise, before and also on the day, it is just not something we can run successfully this year. 

“We will be following up with anyone who has already been in contact to help and also looking to hold a new members’ meeting in July, in order to discuss whether it can happen next year.

“Please do let us know if you are interested in joining the committee, in whatever capacity – all interests and skills welcome, whether that be social media, production, sponsorship, admin, site management, finance – there is a place for everyone.  

“The festival takes a huge amount of organisation both in the months before and on the day, so any help from local residents would be hugely welcome.”   

Anyone who wants to get involved should message the Heathfest Facebook page.