I have been a supporter if the community of Kensington for many years - playing the fiddle for many shows and benefits for nothing, to support a great cause. I have played for the Relay for Life a number of times.
However I approached the rink manager about putting on an overnight tournament of softball to raise funds for the ladies softball team in Kensington and the Girl Guides of Kensington for their trip to England next summer, and the town turned me down a week before the tournament was to begin.
I approached the manager of Community Gardens two months ago and he said he would get back to me. Robert Wood called me three days later stating that everything was good to go and gave me a price for the field, which I agreed upon as it once again supports the fields in the community.
I even sent a letter to the town stating what was going on and that I have participated in the tournament that is held in O'Leary for the past few years. In that letter I stated that every player who would come to the tournament would respect the field and the community.
With eight teams playing and 10-plus per team, that would bring 80-plus people to support the community.
I own three acres inside Kensington that the players could stay at plus Mr. Wood mentioned we could camp out at the field.
Yes it is a 19 and over event that would have some alcohol involved, however, no one was going to be leaving if they had been drinking, unless they had a sober driver.
What about noise?
Well the Relay for Life has been held there for the last few years, which is an all-night event. Yes there is no drinking there but there are more people there than there would be at this tournament.
I have been woken up at 4 a.m. due to that event but I didn't call and complain as it was supporting a cause. There have been times when I lived in downtown Kensington that I was woken up at 2-3 in the morning due to the local bars, however I chose to live in that area and there was no need to complain about it.
There is a local police station that I am sure would be around most of the night to supervise the event.
However, the week before the tournament, I get a message, not even from the mayor or council, that I am not allowed and that all games must end at 11 p.m. Well, that doesn't seem like an overnight tournament to me - 11 p.m.? Bars are open till 2 a.m. There would be more alcohol drunk at a bar than there would be at this event.
Now I have to go outside of the community to hopefully put this tournament on. I can kindly say that I will not be giving any more support for the town of Kensington.