As a moderate minded person who tries to see both sides of a debate, I have read with interest the considerable response to Pocklington Town Council’s (PTC) discussion last week, regarding the Lion’s use of collecting buckets at this year’s Christmas late night shopping event.
After some debate about whether a “decision” was actually taken, my overall understanding is that following a conversation at their last meeting, the PTC will meet with Pocklington Lions to discuss the subject, offering a free stall (a saving of £25) in lieu of the Lions’ bucket collections.
The rationale behind this is the perception that firstly “it was their event which it isn’t” and secondly that other charities “want to do the same and there is no end to that”.
Having worked for a charity myself for many years, I fully understand the fundraising potential of such an event. Any charity worth their salt will already have their street collecting license in place.
Street licences are tightly controlled by the Local Authority, so Cllr Winterton should not be concerned.
Personally, I hope that the Lions continue their bucket collections at this year’s event.
They do so much good for the people of Pocklington and need our donations to continue their great work.