Covid-19 has once again extinguished plans for the annual Weston School fireworks fundraiser.
For the second year in a row, the Home and School Association has had to make the difficult decision to postpone the event, which had been set to take place on November 5.
Fireworks committee co-ordinator Kylie Burnett said a lack of clear guidelines surrounding events meant they were left with little choice but to postpone.
“We waited as long as possible, but it was still really unclear on where we were heading,” Mrs Burnett said.
“It’s really uncertain times.”
A meeting held on Monday night had a good turnout of committee members, and all those present voted for the postponement.
“Everybody was on the same page. There was no real clear picture with restrictions.”
A tentative new date had been set for March 25 next year, she said.
“Hopefully March will give us enough time, and there’ll be clearer guidelines on how to move forward with events like this in the Covid world.”
It was hoped the postponement would not have too much of an effect on the Home and School’s bank balance, Mrs Burnett said.
“It will still be a great fundraiser for the school, but obviously it’s just going to be later.
“We’re all really happy just to keep pushing along, to get a community event for our school, as well as for the wider community.”
A decision had also been made to open the gates at 5pm for the March event, instead of the usual 7pm, which would make the event more accommodating for young families, she said.
Weston School principal Deidre Senior said she was disappointed for the Home and School Association, which found itself in the same position as last year.
“I support our hardworking group of parent volunteers who throw absolutely everything into this event to make it a wonderful outing for our community, as well as the great fundraiser that it is for our school,” Mrs Senior said.
“This is the second year that our major fundraiser hasn’t been able to be held, but I applaud the persistence and commitment of this group to keep it in their sights, so that our community have something to look forward to when large scale events can happen again.”
She hoped the community would be understanding of the difficulties the committee faced, as they considered the effect on sponsors, stall holders and pre-booked entertainment, as well as the school, and that people would continue to support the event when it was able to go ahead.