News that Pillage the Village won’t be happening this year has been greeted with disappointment by those who’ve enjoyed donning fancy dress for the annual Halloween event in Reigate town centre.
The day, which takes place on the last Saturday in October, is organised by Root & Prosper on a not-for-profit basis, with the help of volunteers and local businesses.
Philippa Ratcliffe from the company has said that they are simply taking a break this year, but plan to be back for 2019.
The event sees parents and children tour Reigate town centre armed with a Pillage the Village bag, collecting sweets and other treats from businesses that are taking part.
Kids pick up the bag at the start of the day in return for a donation of items to the foodbank run by local charity Loveworks. Other good causes benefit from cash donations at activities put on during the day.
Parents have said on Facebook that they’re sad that the event isn’t happening this year, including those whose children find it easier than traditional trick-or-treating.
Pillage the Village isn’t council-backed, apart from Reigate & Banstead allowing Tunnel Road to be used for stalls.
Root & Prosper has said of their plans:
“Halloween event Pillage the Village organised by Root and Prosper has decided to take a fallow year this year to regroup for 2019.
The past four years have been amazing and it’s been a joy to watch the event grow. It takes months of work and co-ordination to curate the event from visiting all town centre shops & businesses, preparing all communication materials, flyers, posters & banners plus planning all the events and activities for the day.
Pillage the Village is run as a not-for-profit event with any monies raised being used to cover costs and with free pitches and stalls to charitable organisations. Activities throughout the event have been free to all, including stocks, apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, face painting and live entertainment.
Charities that have been supported by Pillage the Village include Loveworks, The Children’s Trust, Stripey Stork, Us in a Bus and others via Redhill Redstone Rotary Club and Reigate Round Table.
We would like to thank all volunteers, businesses and in particular Halliwell Marks for their support through sponsorship, RBBC for allowing us to use Tunnel Road and Market Stores for being such great partners to work with.”
Other organisations and businesses will doubtless still put on other Halloween activities – contact us if you’ve a poster for our What’s On page.