- Published on Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:48
- Written by Kev Adams
We're meeting to plan for our 2014 High Street Stage at The Bell and Talbot from 8:00pm on Tuesday April 15th. We need all kinds of skills - stage technical crew, marshalls, fund raisers, administration help, arts and music event organisers. There's definitely something for anyone who'd like to come along and get involved.
Everyone is welcome to come along and take part in our meeting.
Please keep an eye our our Facebook (facebook.com/bridgnorthmusicandartsfestival) and Twitter (@bnorthfestival) accounts and here on the website for more information.
- Published on Saturday, 01 March 2014 19:30
- Written by Lois Downes
Each year the Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival committee elect two charities to support; one local and the other national.
Spokesperson Lois Downes said, “We are delighted to announce that the elected beneficiaries of 2014’s Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival fundraising efforts shall be, Severn Hospice and the national charitable organisation Alzheimer’s Research UK.”
So who is our local chosen beneficiary Severn Hospice and what is it that they do?
Providing excellent quality, evidence based clinical care to individuals living with complex and progressive illness, Severn Hospice is a charitable organisation completely independent from the NHS. Whereby two-thirds of their annual revenue is sourced from public fundraising. Severn Hospice’s medical services are provided to its service users free of charge and this only made possible by raising sufficient income from charitable and non-charitable sources.
Severn Hospice’s mission is to maintain their patient’s quality of life by means of specialist medical care unique to each patient’s treatment requirements ensuring that essential relief from pain and other symptoms associated with complex and progressive diseases are provided. Furthermore, the care and support provided by the medical professionals at Severn Hospice doesn’t stop at its patients, the hospice also bestows families, friends and carers with pivotal support, counselling and assistance.
To find out more about Severn Hospice and the service they provide visit: www.severnhospice.org.uk.
Who are 2014’s national beneficiaries Alzheimer’s Research UK and what do they do?
The United Kingdoms leading dementia research specialists at Alzheimer’s Research UK, fund more dementia research in the UK than any other charity. Alzheimer’s Research UK is a charitable organisation that has worked incredibly hard to forge partnerships with the UK Government and medical organisations as to ensure that dementia research is that of national priority. In addition the charity also fund and invest in the UK’s leading dementia scientists throughout their exploration of the syndrome, bringing forth preventive clinical solutions and treatments. The dementia research specialists at Alzheimer’s Research UK believe that science holds the key to defeating dementia and thus invest their efforts into clinical science, in hope that a cure can be discovered.
To date the work of those at and with Alzheimer’s Research UK has been and still is of crucial importance, as findings have contributed to clinical improvements and moreover the enhancement of life for individuals affected by dementia.
Although there are numerous possible causalities for the onset of dementia the most common cause is that of Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for two thirds of dementia cases in the elderly. Alzheimer’s disease affects approximately 496,000 people in the UK. Dementia is a progressive syndrome and is associated with the on going decline of the brain and its ability to function due to certain brain diseases and conditions.
Approximately 800,000 people within the UK are affected by dementia and we are seeing an increase in this number with 1 person being diagnosed with the syndrome every 3.2 minutes. That’s 163,000 new cases of dementia occurring in England and Wales each year. Your risk of developing dementia increases with age, typically the condition occurs in people over the age of 65.
To find out more about Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK visit: http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org
Collections for both charities shall be taking place throughout the 10-day festival period. The Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival shall be holding a licensed street collection on the High Street Alzheimer’s Research UK on Sunday 25th August. Moreover the licenced collection for Severn Hospice shall be held at the Castle Grounds on Saturday 31st August.
Licenced collection for both charities shall be available at all other festival events such as the Animation Festival and comedy evening. Please be aware that all venues involved within the festival shall have obtained collection buckets for their preferred charity from the Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival committee.
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- Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 11:48
- Written by Wez
This years Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival was a roaring success, not only from the public’s point of view but for Bridgnorth business’s. People flooded the streets again to enjoy the free entertainment and art displays all around Bridgnorth over the 10 days of the festival.
Festival organiser Jennifer Bone said “We are so happy that so many people came out to enjoy the events. It was tough this year with money, but thanks to our sponsors we once again managed to keep everything free so no matter if your into Rock music, gentle acoustic music or like running around to claim hidden art, there is something for everyone”.
This years events also featured ‘StreeArtDrop’ for the first time. Abstract artist Street Art Drop Letts hid his artwork around the town and left clues to their whereabouts on Facebook. The first to find it, got to keep it!
Jennifer Bone said “We were so lucky that StreeArtDrop came to town, it was great fun to watch online as people were finding their free art”.
Steve Gibbons headlined the high street stage with a great set that had the whole high street cheering and whooping.
If you would like to get involved as a volunteer or would like to donate to help keep this festival going please contact us via our website, Facebook www.facebook.com/bridgnorthmusicandartsfestival, Twitter @bnorthfestival or phone 07401 348797.
- Published on Saturday, 07 September 2013 16:29
- Written by Simon Golding
I was really looking forward to the 3rd annual Comedy Extravaganza at the Castle Hall, always a popular event for the Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival. On previous years I have introduced new talent and ran comedy workshops. They were a big success with many who came through the workshops now key players on the Midlands comedy circuit. In celebration of this I decided to have a showcase of talent, carefully selected by former workshop graduate – stand-up comedian, Matt Richards.
Everyone who took to the stage received big laughs from a very appreciative audience. The show was deftly steered by a great hairy shouty man in the shape of compére; Al Grant. Al was terrific and as funny on stage as he was off. The acts were stunning and the line up included Dave Pollard, Dave Dinsdale (Rupert Knutt), Lu Lo, Flames Snakey, Jim Kelly, Jane Huxely, Neil Irving and Roger Swift. We also had an extra treat during intervals – with a comedy musical guest appearance from the festival’s own; Linda Tilley.
I would like to thank everyone who helped put the show together and Grace Bailey for running the raffle. It was a big success and we look forward to seeing another wonderful Bridgnorth audience next year.