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Promoting arts in Chew Valley THE team behind proposals for a Chew Valley Performing Arts Centre will be holding a series of presentations at community festivals over the summer before calling an open meeting for residents in the autumn to report on progress. They recently organised a sell-out show, Sammy and the Snow Leopard, from Bristol's acclaimed young people's theatre company, Travelling Light, at Chew Valley School. Jenny Stevenson from the arts centre said: “It was great, and a big treat to have Travelling Light performing right here in the valley.” The volunteers behind the project hope to create a purpose-built, versatile performing arts centre at the school, bringing local and professional
Priddy much a sellout
performers together with local audiences, with a multi-purpose 250seater auditorium, rehearsal rooms, dance studio, café/bar and flexible exhibition space that will be used by all Details: www.valleyartscentre.co.uk
PRIDDY Folk Festival is heading for a sellout this year as the village gets ready to welcome some of the top folk talent from around the British Isles and beyond. The festival, which takes place from Friday, July 7th to Sunday, July 9th, welcomes top Irish band Flook, Scotland's The Shee and Talisk, Faustus and Mawkin from England, Mabon from Wales and leading Anglo-French band Topette!! among the 50plus music and dance performers scheduled to appear over the weekend. There is also a full programme of children's entertainment, food from around the world (and the village itself) and a beer tent stacked with local ales and ciders. And there is also a fringe tent running during the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday featuring the best of local bands along with a craft market – both of which are free entry.
the performance groups in the community and also the school students. The project’s patrons are Michael Eavis, Sarah Mead and Dr Phil Hammond.
Flook will be amongst the headliners at Priddy
To find out more or to buy tickets go to www.priddyfolk.org
RAFA band in Banwell
THE RAFA Weston Band gave a concert at St Andrew’s Church, Banwell for the Banwell branch of the Royal British Legion, under the direction of Peter Skellon. Residents turned out to fill the church and the acoustics made the band sound “out of this world”. Organisers said they would like to thank Margaret Cunningham for all the groundwork that she put in for the evening, Denis Cruse for his work in the church and all the members who helped at half time with the refreshments. The band will be back at Banwell Village Hall for a mini Festival of Remembrance on November 11th.
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