Is a ‘Clash Calendar’ a Good Idea?

Recently it has been suggested that a calendar showing all of the activities going on in our parish would be really helpful for organisations in the early stages of planning events. It would be easy to see what’s already planned on or around a tentative date and if something which would appeal to the people you want to come to your event is already on the calendar, it gives you the chance to choose a different date. This can be especially useful when fund-raising so that no-one has to choose which organisation to support because they can’t be in two places at once.

An obvious place for this would be on the Stow & Fountainhall Community Website (CommWeb) here but it would only work if groups kept it up to date and put their event on the calendar as early as is possible. Many groups now have Facebook pages, and your entry on the CommWeb could direct people to your page if that’s where you will post updates. An up-to-date calendar on the CommWeb saves residents checking lots of individual groups; it would be a one-stop check.

But you’ll have noticed ‘up-to-date’ as the crucial phrase. The calendar would only work if it was kept up to date by all groups and organisations posting information early and regularly. Please take a bit of time to discuss this in your group and post your comments in the ‘Leave a reply’ section below. Feedback on the response will be summarised in the next Stow & Fountainhall Community Newsletter – number 29, out mid September 2017 – and posted here.

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