Nanny has something of a problem with people doing things "off their own bat", she doesn't approve of it at all.
Only those activities that are fully regulated and, by definition, fully controlled by Nanny are allowed.
Such is the fate of the Terrington Choir of Terrington All Saints Church, who were planning a grand fundraising event next year to mark the tenth anniversary of local music, drama and crafts.
Seemingly Nanny will not allow the choir to sing in the local church, until a risk assessment is commissioned.
The festival's steering committee has been told it must carry out detailed assessments of every potential risk in every location across the village, where the scores of events will be held, before it can go ahead.
Ian Hughes, the village postmaster and one of the organisers, blamed today's litigation culture for making it impossible to hold free local events.
"The world's getting crazy.
We have concerts in the church without any trouble
but we were told for the first time this year
that absolutely every last thing has to have a risk assessment done
to try and limit our liability.
I appreciate the importance of self-policing
and trying to concentrate our minds on potential problems
but this is madness.
I guess that's how life is these days.
It's because of the culture we live in these days
where the slightest thing can get you sued."
Scarborough and Whitby MP, Robert Goodwill, said:
"Unfortunately, we live in a culture of blame
where even the most innocent and routine of activities
has to be insured and risk- assessed.
People have been going to Terrington All Saints Church
for hundreds of years without any catastrophes that I'm aware of.
Bell ringers having to wear helmets in case a bell falls?
Although Terrington Feast will be going ahead,
there are other events that have had to be cancelled
because of the prohibitive cost of insurance.
Too many groups are having to jump
through the most ridiculous of hoops
to hold the simplest of charitable events."
The culture of blame is nurtured and encouraged by the political classes. Time to dump the politicians methinks, and return to commonsense.