Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet


Europa Bures 2009


Closing Financial Report

You can now purchase a Europa DVD
(a) Short version, 45 minute video displaying the events over the entire weekend...£10.00
(b) Long version, same as above including all the speeches and tributes given by the visiting communities....£11.00

On Friday 18th September a number of villagers met in the Bures Community Centre for refreshments and to hear the final financial statement of the Europa Bures weekend. Ian Gibbs thanked the large number of people who had supported the weekend in so many different ways. He highlighted the work of the committee who had met regularly over the last twelve months and given a considerable amount of time and effort towards the whole project

Clive Gilham, Treasurer, gave a detailed report on the accounts. He explained that the weekend had been financed through donations from Essex and Suffolk County Councils, the three Parish Councils, individuals and local businesses as well as fund raising events.
This amounted to approximately £10,000.
He also outlined the heavy costs incurred in running the events including the marquee, catering equipment, band and the parachutists. The meeting was therefore pleasantly surprised to be informed that the event has been a financial success with a final figure of £6,875 being available for distribution.

Donations were then made to various organisations which had helped over the weekend including:-
Bures Community Centre
Mount Bures Village Hall
Cornard Upper School World Challenge Students
Bures Football Club
Sudbury Air Cadets
Bures Primary School
River Stour Trust
River Stour Boating
Mount Bures Church
Bures Parish Church

Looking to the future, next year the Carnival weekend (Saturday 10th July)and Music Festival weekend will be combined to make full use of the Marquee and hopefully emulate the success of the Europa weekend.

Links with the villages across Europe will be actively developed. So far:
A small party from Zbure in Slovenia is planning to return for a weekend in October
Buren near Paderborn in Germany and Bure in Belgium have expressed interest in exploring the possibility of developing links with our schools.
Bure les Templiers the hosts for Europa Bures 2011 who were unable to attend due to Swine Flue are being invited to join us for the Carnival and Music weekend in July 2010.

In addition to maintaining and building links with the different villages across Europe, a Village Christmas Tree will be erected annually in the St Mary's Churchyard and it is intended that Flag Poles will be purchased and available for hire from the Sportsground Committee.

Sudbury Air Cadets receiving a donation from Clive Gilham(Treasurer) and Gill Jackson leading member of committee
Bures Football Club receiving a donation
Gt Cornard Upper School World Challenge receiving a donation
Mount Bures Village Hall receiving a donation
Bures Community Centre receiving an award

Finally, we must not forget Ian Gibbs the organisor and driving force behind Europa 2009.

The success of the weekend can be attributed to the hardwork and committment that Ian and his enthusiastic team put into the event.

Photographs by Alan Beales