A PRIMARY school in Bewdley has launched a campaign to keep a beloved town carnival running.

The Bewdley Carnival Committee are desperately looking for new members to take on the task of running the summer shindig.

This year's carnival was cancelled as the committee struggled to find more volunteers.

Now, Bewdley Primary School has started a campaign to drum up interest for the carnival in a bid to ensure its future. 

In a post on Facebook, Bewdley Primary School said: "Unfortunately, despite much sadness, it is looking increasingly likely that it will not be going ahead in 2023 or beyond.

"Many of the incredibly hard-working committee, who are extremely proud of everything they’ve achieved, have decided that the time has come for them to retire from the organisation – and after fifteen to fifty years of service, nobody can blame them.

"As a result, unless new local people are willing to step forward and commit to helping with the organisation, there won’t be a Bewdley Carnival next year.

"As a school, we love the carnival. So much so that we had our own socially distanced parade on the field last year because we missed the excitement and joy that it brings to the town.

"The atmosphere that the carnival and its parade brings to Bewdley is something to be incredibly proud of and we hate the thought that our children will miss out on it".

Kidderminster Shuttle: Far Forest WI with their parade float in 2018Far Forest WI with their parade float in 2018 (Image: Angela Pitt)

The Bewdley Carnival Facebook page has shared the school's appeal for volunteers after making their own calls for more help. 

The school has said the committee will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, November 30 to decide whether the carnival will be going ahead this year based on practical needs.

People can help to support the carnival by attending the meeting and pledging their support, offering their services and committing to the event.

The school added: "It is estimated that approximately 15 more people are needed to fulfil different roles on the committee, as well as around 30 people to marshal the event on the day. In a community of 10,000 people, this shouldn’t be difficult to find. However, we also understand that although people can’t commit to taking on specific positions, they’re willing to offer to do other things that will help".

"The biggest need, at present, isn’t money to put the event on, it’s people who are willing to put their hand up and volunteer to help.

"After three long years without the carnival spirit in Bewdley, let’s pull together and see just what our community is capable of."

A questionnaire has been made where people can pledge their support and highlight how they can help. People can complete the questionnaire here.

The committee meeting will be held at Bewdley Bowling Club at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 30.