A yearly barbecue in a Rectory garden, accompanied by music, could not go ahead as planned as they did not have a licence under the Licensing Act 2003. One can have music which is "incidental" to an event without a licence but a licence is needed if the music is considered by the local authority to be a significant part of the programme. This event has been held yearly without problems but the mistake this year was that the singer's name was printed on the advertising posters in the same size typeface as the word "barbecue".
Following the PCC meeting of our Parish last night, we wish to express our concern at this unduly restrictive legislation.
H. Lloyd (Mrs.), Parochial Church Council Secretary, Parish of Burham and Wouldham