Alresford Rotary decided not to hold its annual early December Broad Street sale of Christmas trees this year, having carried out a detailed risk assessment and concluding reluctantly that it could not be satisfied that the normal selling site at the top of Broad Street would be sufficiently Covid-19 “safe”, taking into consideration not only its responsibilities to its customers but also to all others passing along the east side of Broad Street during the sale.
Endeavours to find a more secure site for the tree sale proved unsuccessful. Alresford Rotary also took into account the fact that as a charity it could not take the risk of committing itself to buy some 200 trees and then, complying with Covid-19 restrictions/guidance, being unable to sell them and making a financial loss, reducing its ability to make charitable donations. This was before the second national lockdown was announced and what the position will be on what would have been the sale date (5th December) can only be a matter of conjecture.
Since making its decision, Rotary understands that the Town Trustees have permitted for H. Watson Gardening Limited to sell trees at the top of Broad Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 5th and 12th December. I guess the point to emphasise is that we have erred on the side of safety as although our sale might well have proceeded without incident we felt, after carrying out a full risk assessment, unable to guarantee that would be so and accordingly came to the conclusion that the responsible thing to do was not to go ahead. We at Rotary wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope to see you again next year.