Robert Dover’s Games cancelled this year. It is with reluctance and much regret that the decision has been taken to cancel this year’s planned Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games which was due to take place on Friday 2nd June 2017.
This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and it is one that the RDGS has desperately tried to avoid, but it is felt that putting the games on this year would be the wrong thing to do and would jeopardise future events.
As you may or may not know, events like this take a lot of organisation, preparation and involvement of people throughout the year, in the run up to and on the night of the games themselves.
The last few years have seen a lot of long-serving members leave the committee and despite various attempts at recruitment and an upgrading of our online presence, we have been unable to attract enough new blood and extra funding to enable us to put this year’s event on.
Dwindling numbers of attendees since the peak of 2012 and increasing requirements as far as health and safety is concerned, have meant that as it stands we don’t have the money to continue past one year’s games. It is for this reason that the decision has been made to cancel this year’s event, in order that the long term future of this ancient tradition can be hopefully saved, developed and brought back in 2018 on a stronger footing.
Scuttlebrook Wake will continue as normal on the Saturday. You can visit the website here.
The next committee meeting will be on 18th April 2017 at The Lygon Arms in Chipping Campden. Everybody is welcome.
Chairman, Robert Dover’s Games Society