Party on Potton Committee

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Come and meet the current team, find out who they are, why they got involved and read any other interesting nuggets they fancied revealing.

Chairman: Carlton Avison

Hello my name is Carlton Avison, and for my sins I am the Chairman of Party On Potton.

I have lived in Potton for the last 18 years with my wife and family, now running my own garage in Potton offering servicing and repairs to all types of vehicles.  In my ‘spare’ time I am also a retained Fire Fighter at Potton Fire Station.

Vice Chairman: Andy Kirton

I have lived in Potton for over 18 years with my wife Debbie, and during that time we have got married in Potton and have grown from being a young couple to a family of 4.  During my time in Potton I have been Santa Claus at Potton Pre School and a Football Coach at Potton Lower, supporting the fantastic schools we have when I can.  We as a family have always supported the community and the great events they have put on in the past but never really new all the hard work that went into these things.  The last 4 years have certainly opened my eyes to what it takes to run these community events and I have got to know so many people and made many more friends through Party On Potton, than I would have ever envisaged, I am so glad my wife volunteered me back in 2012!  If you do not see me at my second home (John O’Gaunt Golf Club) I am often found by a BBQ, in a Pub or doing circuits!

I hope to see you all at Party On Potton 2018 and some of you at the AGM later in the year, so you can also become part of this fun committee!

TreasurerHelen Leach

I joined the POP Committee as Secretary in November 2016, and am now Treasurer.

Having lived in Potton with my husband, son and daughter for the last 14 years I can’t think of anywhere nicer to be. The community spirit is what makes it stand out and POP and the Big Weekend are a big part of that.

It’s been a long while coming but the next Big Weekend is just around the corner and I can’t wait!

Committee Member: Simon Auckland

Oh, I’m still here, how did that happen? Why is this? Back for 3rd’s, I must be mad someone help me off this crazy roundabout. Please!

After working non stop behind the bar after the carnival in 2016 I walked out for a breath of fresh Potton air to a sea of happy smiling faces and a real buzz. The place was absolutely heaving, people everywhere and I couldn’t help smiling. I was part of making that happen and helping to make Potton such a fab Town. It was at that point I rubbed by belly and decided I wanted to continue to spread community love and I’d be back for 3rd’s.

Committee Member: Carolyn Luff

I’ve now lived in Potton for the past 16 years, being part of the Party On Potton committee for the last 10, it’s been a fabulous way of meeting people and being made to feel part of the community.

It’s become a real family affair as my partner of 30 years, Dave (yes you get less for murder) and my children all very much get involved especially at the Big Weekend.

2018 was the biggest Big Weekend ever, with sell out evenings and more people during the day than has ever been seen before, 2022 will be my 4th Big Weekend (should be my 5th but Covid put pay to that) as a committee member and I just hope I can do it justice again!

Committee Member: Bret Gilbert

I’m Brett, aged 50, married to Vicki and we have 2 boys, William and Harry. I have lived in Potton for most of my life, my parents run the George and Dragon pub. I’m a self employed computer engineer, within the retail sector.

I enjoy golf, golf and more golf. And venturing into the world of cycling.

Committee Member:  Christine Walker

I have now lived in Potton with my hubby Lloyd and 2 children for 24 years. I now have three gorgeous Grandson’s.

 I have attended and enjoyed POP from the very beginning in 2000. I first got involved as a volunteer and liked it so much I become one of the committee.  The first weekend as a  committee member was hard work but also exciting and fun. I can’t wait to do it all again. Look forward to seeing you all again.

Committee MemberRichard West

I first got involved in POP in the year 2000 and have helped out where I can as a volunteer over the years. From bar construction for the BIG weekend, working on the BBQs, and supporting the mobile bars. I joined the committee in 2018 and due to the pandemic, this will be my first BIG weekend as a committee members and I can’t wait! POP is all about friendship, family, community and having fun. This BIG weekend will be the biggest yet- I think we all need a good party after the last few years 🙂

I’ve lived in Potton most of my life, I am married to Sarah (also Potton-er for life!) and daughters Imogen and Kiera. I enjoy gym, running, dog walks, cycling and quality family time.

Committee MemberRoger Kemp

 I have lived in Potton for 13 years now with my wife and 2 children.  After initially moving here in 2009, we decided we liked it so much that we decided to build our family home here, a process not for the faint hearted!!

I became a committee member in 2018 as I wanted to “give something back” and it seemed a great way to do just that.  As a result of Covid, I haven’t had the opportunity to participate in a Big Weekend yet so bring on Aug 22!!

Volunteering at various local events has been hugely rewarding and it is a great way to meet new people who are equally as passionate about improving our local lives.  I would urge everyone to get involved however they can, you won’t regret it and every bit of support is hugely appreciated by the entire team. I enjoy various sports, spending time with the family and supporting the local hostelries!!

 Committee MemberAdam Nicholls

 I moved to Potton in 2021 with my partner Gina and daughter Mahya and we could not be happier for having moved to the town. The community spirit, friendly faces and delicious local pasties make it unlike anywhere we have lived before.

This will be my first Big Weekend and there are some fantastic events lined up for this summer. For anyone who is interested in helping out, you will find the POP team welcoming, helpful and enthusiastic, so do get in touch!

When not in the office, or behind one of our bars, I enjoy kayaking, scuba diving and gardening.

 Committee MemberSamantha

I moved to Potton with my husband on the Bank Holiday weekend of 2008. There was a lot of fuss
and excitement in town, guess what Party on Potton was in full swing! I thought it was amazing, I brought tickets, laughed, drank and danced. What a welcome!

Since 2008 a few things have changed I’ve had two children, changed my career becoming a primary school teacher and in 2022 I joined the Party On Potton committee.

For me Party on Potton is so many fabulous things, great atmosphere, laughs, fun, dancing and drinking! But most importantly its Potton’s USP a fantastic community, we support each other, we
look out for each other and we have the best fun.

Come and see what its all about.

 Committee Member: Ram