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Chillaton Event

To the right you can see a photo of myself tearing up a cheque for hundreds of pounds at our Chillaton bonfire party.

You will remember that we have to do this in order to comply with current (manic) government event regulations. But for the regulations, which would have required us to have prohibitively expensive insurance plus a Temporary Events Licence etc… the event would have raised £529 for the local church. However compliance with all the government regulations and licenses would have cost more than we would have made. The only way to make the event legal was to ensure that no charity benefited from it.

I have been running bonfire parties safely for 30 years - and nobody has been injured yet. The only contribution the current regulations make is to ensure that charities don’t get any of the money. Charities are estimated to lose tens of million pounds a year as a direct results of events ‘not’ being held for them – due to government regulations.

This is all part of an ongoing campaign to run useless events around the country. The first was launched this summer by our MP, Geoffrey Cox, in a vintage Tiger Mother plane when he tore up a £500 cheque – necessary or the organizers would have faced a £20,000 fine or 6 months in prison. The only way the event could proceed legally was to ensure that no charity benefited – by tearing up the cheque.

Please see for full details and to sign our petition on the 10 Downing Street website. Our objective is to get our legislation into the Conservative Parties election manifesto

Please feel free to ring me any time for more information.

All good wishes,


Richard Searight

East Quither Farm

Milton Abbot


Devon PL19 0PZ

Telephone 01822 860148 or 01822 600001

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