ORGANISERS of the Trowbridge Carnival are more hopeful of being able to form a new committee following an encouraging response to their recent appeal.

Committee member Andy Baker says they have received a “good response” to their 'Save the Carnival' appeal for new volunteers to step forward and help out.

He said: “We have had a good response so far with offers from volunteers and others wanting to join the committee.

“We have also received an offer to build a website which will make it easier for entries to book onto events we are planning.

“We are also networking with other carnivals, who have offered help. We can also help them when needed.”

The committee is holding a crunch 'Save the Carnival' meeting at 7pm on Wednesday (February 21) at the Wesley Road Social Club to decide whether it can carry on.

Mr Baker said: “Anyone that can come along to the meeting on 21st February at the Wesley Road Social Club is more than welcome.

“Fingers crossed we will be able to get enough people to join the committee. Once this happens we will announce on the future of Trowbridge Carnival.”

The future of the 120-year-old Trowbridge Carnival hangs in the balance following the appeal last month.

Existing committee members issued an urgent appeal at the end of January for more volunteers to step forward and help save it.

Mr Baker says the existing six-strong committee urgently needs a further ten potential volunteers to help organise the carnival,

The appeal followed the decision of Trowbridge Carnival Committee chair Maryrose Mantle to step down at their annual general meeting on January 10.

In an open letter to the Trowbridge community, he said: “It is now make or break. We are at a pivotal moment for our beloved Trowbridge Carnival.

“The success and continuity of this cherished tradition depend on the active involvement of our community members. As we face a shortage of committee members this year, I earnestly plead for your help.

“Your commitment, even in the smallest capacity, can make a significant difference.

“Whether you have organisational skills, creative talents, or just a passion for community events, we need you.

“Without additional support, there's a real risk that Trowbridge Carnival may not be able to continue.”

Anyone who wishes to help organise or volunteer as a committee member should attend the meeting on February 21.