THE popular annual Ventnorville event will not take place this year — due to a lack of volunteers and venues and rising costs.

The event, which has seen The Grinch visit Ventnor for the past five years, will not take place this Christmas — although organisers would like to resurrect it for 2020.

A statement said: "The Ventnorville team is disappointed to announce they will not be operating the usual Christmas event in Ventnor this year.

"There have been various planning and financial challenges to overcome — securing a venue for the craft fair, significant increases in hiring certain venues, the road closure fees for the Winter Carnival and Lantern Parade and general increasing costs.

"These together with a real lack of manpower in helping organise the event has brought us to this decision.

"Sadly there is no funding available for the lantern workshops or a free venue to store the lanterns while they are being made."

The team is a non-profit organisation and said it cannot risk operating at a loss.

They are hopeful that with a fundraising drive, they can bring the event back for 2020.

They are seeking financial sponsorship and active volunteers who should email

The team thanked all those who have contributed over the past five years.