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Phantom poster thief is wrecking charity efforts

Lucy Parsons, vice-chairman of the Welford Pre-School committee with her son Wilfred Parsons in the pushchair and Hannah and Elizabeth Kilham, daughters of the chairman of the committee, Lucy Kilham

Lucy Parsons, vice-chairman of the Welford Pre-School committee with her son Wilfred Parsons in the pushchair and Hannah and Elizabeth Kilham, daughters of the chairman of the committee, Lucy Kilham

 

Volunteers organising charity events for a village pre-school say their efforts are being hampered by a saboteur they have dubbed the Phantom Poster Pilferer.

Supporters of Welford Pre-School in West Street reached their wit’s end this week after yet again seeing their carefully-crafted flyers removed by the mystery resident.

The pre-school, which is a registered charity, is reliant on the success of its fundraising activities to break-even on an annual basis.

But every time they place posters around Welford, the Phantom Poster Pilferer goes around the village and removes them.

It has been happening for the past four years and this week volunteers on the pre-school’s committee contacted the Mail in a bid to prick the person’s conscience – or get information to unmask them.

In the past fortnight, the committee members have put up posters advertising two forthcoming charity events – a hair cut-a-thon and a murder mystery evening – only to see them taken down across Welford.

Committee vice-chairman Lucy Parsons said: “We just don’t understand why someone would mount such a systematic and vindictive campaign against a voluntary committee working for the benefit of our youngest children.

“The committee members, in a determined effort not to be volunteer victims, are now becoming mums on a mission and we are putting our energies into replacing the missing posters.

“However, posters continue to be removed, even from the committee members’ private property.

“Living in a close-knit community like Welford the committee feel consternation at this vindictive behaviour, and do not understand why someone would behave like this towards an institution in place to promote the health, happiness and education of our children.”

They are hoping people in Welford will rally round and help support their latest fundraising efforts.

The first event is the cut-a-thon at which village-based mobile hairdresser Lisa Astill will try to cut as many people’s hair as possible in the pre-school’s mobile building in the grounds of Welford School from midday to 4pm on Saturday, March 1.

The second event is a murder mystery evening by Welford Amateur Dramatics Society at Welford Youth and Community Centre in West End on Saturday, March 8.

A hot meal will also be provided on the night by the committee. Tickets are available from Laura by calling 01858 575100 or 01858 575134.

Anyone with information about the poster pilferer is urged to call group’s chairman Lucy Kilham on 01858 571222.

 

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