The journey to a self-sufficient community voluntary organisation
When the concept of Music in the Park was first mooted, by The Friends of Elms Park, it was clear that to make it work, we would need an enthusiastic band of committed volunteers, but also some finance and additional administrative support to help get it off the ground.
We worked with Thame Town Council, who provided seed funding and unstinting support to Music in the Park. The initial group of volunteers comprised Michele Pethers, Ex-Thame Mayor Nigel Champken-Woods and his wife Alison, Steve Gunn and Hilary Dollman. Cassie Pinnells from Thame Town Council provided invaluable support in those early days.
The first Music in the Park took place in 2011. After four years of fruitful collaboration and successful events, the Music in the Park organising committee assumed complete responsibility for the event. Thame Town Council was keen to see Music in the Park continue to flourish standing on its own two feet.
The committee has also evolved and includes members with experience in all the aspects of making an event a success. They were keen to take on the responsibility for running the event.
Music in the Park 2015 was the first one that the committee organised independently. It was a seamless transition. All proceeds from the event will continue to be invested in Thame and the organising committee still comprises a band of enthusiastic volunteers whose aim is to provide the residents of Thame with a fun-packed day out that also provides lasting benefit to those residents in the shape of improved amenities.
We’re pleased to say that Thame Town Council is still an enthusiastic supporter of Music in the Park and the committee would like to express its sincere thanks for its indispensable support that has helped make Music in the Park possible.
Music in the Park is committed to delivering a successful, enjoyable event year after year, ensuring that all members of the community have a chance to get involved and feel part of it. We also want to provide maximum benefit to the residents of Thame and we will do this through the medium of grants.
Music in the Park is a proud member of the Association of Festival Organisers (AFO).