So the scene was set; the fireworks have been ordered, the catering settled and all the hundred and one other things which go towards the Fireworks Spectacular this year were in place in principle.
And then the sad realisation that this year as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, we won't be able to run the Fireworks Spectacular in the Memorial Park this year.
Earlier this year we did the calculations to determine if we could run the event and keep everyone socially distanced, and concluded that it wouldn't be possible due to lack of space for you, the public. We looked to see if it was practical to run the event in another part of the park, but for a number of reasons that isn't possible either.
And so it is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that the Fireworks display, which has been part of the fabric of life in Wickford for many years past will not go ahead in 2020.
This is really sad for a number of reasons; we have for many years received lovely comments from the people of the town for putting on such a great display, and equally importantly we have raised a large amount of money over the years for local charities as a result of the support that we get from you, the people of Wickford. This was the year when we had hoped to break the £100,000 barrier for monies raised for charity as a result of the display since the Rotary Club took the event on from the Round Table in 2001. As at 2018 the amount raised had got to £99,808. Last year we sadly made a loss because of low turnout as a resultof the appalling weather, but still donated £1.500 from our reserves to the Silver Birch Centre located in the park
So this year we were hoping to cover the £192 to get to £100,000 and recoup the £1,500 to our reserves.
Can You Help?
Can you spare a donation to help our cause and enable us to break the £100,000? Any donation is valuable. If you can, please make a donation here
As a thank you, please enjoy these photos from prior fireworks events!
more The Jukebox Jets will be playing live at the RHS Garden Hyde Hall on Sunday June 25th; bring a picnic!
more Come and see Motown Live at RHS Hyde Hall on Friday June 23rd !
more Who needs to go to Voyage when we had Planet Abba just outside Wickford!
more Peter Rudeforth's Jazz band make an inpression on RHS Hyde Hall
more Santa's Chief Elf came to see us at Wickford Rotary to agree his engagements in Wickford this year
more Come along to enjoy some fabtastic Swing and Jazz with the Capital S Band at Hyde Hall
more Your donations at Christmas when you met Santa makes a big impact at the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance!
more Rotary Wickford's Jazz on a Summer Evening breaks record attendance!
more Despite the current situation we've managed to get a quiz together, and the feedback was very positive!
more Lord Toffingham took us back a few decades to a time when music was loud!!
more Santa is coming to Wickford again this year, and he's really keen to see all his friends!
more A new entertainment experience born out of the pandemic
more RHS Hyde Hall hosted a fantastic evening of 50s music from the brilliant band
more This week Wickford Rotary leapt at the chance to support the NHS and the local community to protect our over 80s from COVID-19
more Santa says thank you for making his visit to Wickford so successful!
more Thanks to the local businesses sponsoring our Sleigh Collections this year; Thanks to you all!
more After a chance conversation with an employee, Vanitorials MD Dave Clark leapt at the opportunity to help a local charity with its efforts
more We hope you enjoy these photos of past fireworks displays!
more John Bolton 1934-2014
more Santa came back to Wickford briefly this week to make sure that the money you donated got to be used
more After a worrying start, the fireworks display really lived up to its name!
more Santa really loved coming to Wickford this year and would like to say thank you to all the lovely people he met. Sorry he couldn't get to see you all, but hopes to see more of you again next year!
more Just to say thank you to the sponsors of the event; have a look and see how they helped us!!
more Wickford Co-op store gives money from it's Community Fund to Wickford Rotary
more The annual Jazz on a Summer evening event this year was a real wow!
more Well, that got your attention! No we didn't win the race, but we won lots of hearts!
more It's not all fundraising you know! Some of our members went for a cruise on the River Crouch
more A really great night with the Sid Bolan Band!
more Santa's visit to Wickford was a lot of fun again this year, and he thanks everyone who came to visit
more A brilliant night at the Wickford Fireworks Spectacular in the Memorial Park!
more Music amplifies everything it touches. It can turn a field into a festival, a bar into a dancefloor and a job into a passion. So it’s important that we stand up for music by protecting those that make it.
more Some members of Rotary Wickford recently visited Sailability
more Wickford Rotary members made a special visit to St Luke's with a generous donation of £3,555 which is being used to buy specialist equipment for the Hospice
more Wickford Rotary recently welcomed many visitors to Hyde Hall for the annual Jazz on a Summer Evening
more For the first time Wickford Rotary entered a soapbox in the Billericay Rotary Soapbox Derby; and this was the result!!
more Members of the Rotary Club of Wickford visit St Luke's Hospice to see how the proceeds of a donation has been used
more Santa visited Wickford again this year and he was overjoyed to see so many children welcome him
more In anticipation of this years event on Nov 4, have a look at some photos from last year's display - brilliant!
more Our intrepid daffodils!
more At their weekly club meeting on the 19th January 2017 the Rotary Club of Wickford presented £10,000.00 to J's Hospice, which improves the lives of those living in Essex aged 16-40 with life limiting and life threatening conditions
more RAMSDEN CRAYS WAR MEMORIAL COMPLETED
more Rotary Club of Wickford celebrate their 55th Anniversary September 2013
more Presentation of Paul Harris fellowship to Rotarian Frank Harris member of the Rotary Club of Wickford
more Presentation of Paul Harris Fellowship award to Rotarian Tim Kadesh member of the Rotary Club of Wickford
more The Object of Rotary
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