Drama at the Music Festival

So, most of our entrants tend to turn up. Occasionally, we receive emails detailing those with colds who are unable to sing like the bird they would usually be, or who have had unexpected events delaying or preventing them from joining us at the Festival. Such is to be expected with the busy lives we all lead and the often unexpected things that life throws at us. What is less common, is someone emailing us to tell us about helicopter rides as an excuse to bow out…

Gary Doherty did just that.

He is (apparently…) an experienced fell runner and was just out for a solo ‘fun run’ of you know, about 2 hours or so. We daren’t speculate here at RWBAF, but it seems that the ‘fun’ Gary was aiming for was less terra very firma and more stratospheric…

So, on a very fast descent from the top of Sugar Loaf, Abergavenny Gary decided to tumble and ‘descend’ into pure drama by breaking his right thigh. A drama worthy not of the Music Festival but our Speech and Drama Festival!

Whilst laying prostrate on the floor, he was discovered fifteen minutes later by some slower paced sensible firm footed walkers.

Querying if he was “alright” he replied nonchalantly to them:

“Don’t worry about me, I’m just sunbathing”.

Gary tells us the walkers were very good and stayed with him the three and a half hours it took for the emergency services to arrive. In a helicopter.

So, Gary, rather than attending the Royal Wootton Bassett Festival decided prostrate sunbathing and flying around in a helicopter were the better option!

We do accept your apologies of course Gary, and wish you well on your recovery! And thanks from us at RWBAF to the emergency services and the walkers who all helped keep you safe!

Photo via Gary, courtesy of Adam Borlase (one of Gary’s saviours!)

RWB Arts Singing Festival

We welcome audiences at all sessions! Do please come along and listen to the many talented performers that join us at our Summer Festival. Adults £3.00, children are free! Pay on the door!

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From 6.30pm Friday 22nd to 4.30pm Sunday 24th June 2018 it is our Singing Festival at the Royal Wootton Bassett Memorial Hall. This year we are delighted to announce we have adjudicators Jane Wilkinson, Rebecca Moseley-Morgan, Andrew Hansford and Ruth Gerald joining us.

Thursday 28th June:

1.00pm Primary School Choir and ensemble, RWB Academy Brass players
3.00pm RWB Flute, Clarinets, Saxophones and Brass Ensembles.
6.00pm Children’s & Youth Choirs, Musical Theatre Groups.
7.15pm Adult and Community Choirs

7.30pm Saturday 30th June RWB Choral Society’s WW1 themed concert. Retiring collection.


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Mayor to Visit the RWB Arts Music Festival

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We are pleased to announce that the new mayor of Royal Wootton Bassett Councillor Mike Farrow, will be visiting our Music Festival on Friday 22nd June, Thursday 28th June, and Sunday 1st July where he will be accompanied by the Mayoress.

Volunteers Needed for RWB Music and Singing Festival

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Are you free on any of the following dates? We need volunteers to help:

Welcome, Direct, Tickets, Programmes, Information, etc. etc. There is plenty of opportunity and plenty to do! Can you give up some of your free time to help the Festival run smoothly? Do contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com if you feel you can be of use and are looking for a new bit of excitement, and a way of giving back to your local community.

Friday 22nd June, 6pm at RWB Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23rd June, 10am at RWB Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23rd June, 1.30pm at RWB Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23rd June, 6pm at RWB Memorial Hall

Sunday, 24th June, 10am at RWB Memorial Hall

Thursday, 28th June 10am at St. Barts

Thursday, 28th June, 1pm at St. Barts

Thursday, 28th June, 6pm at St. Barts

Saturday, 30th June, 9.30 am at RWBA

Saturday, 30th June, 2pm at RWBA

Sunday, 1st July, 10am at RWBA 6th Form

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The Mayoral Event

The RWB Arts Festival were delighted to attend the mayor making event on the evening of 10th May, in Royal Wootton Bassett.

John Davies attended on behalf of the Music side of the Festival and Rhian Vaughan represented the Speech and Drama side of RWBAF. This was the first time Rhian had attended the mayoral event, and she reports:

“What a pleasant evening it was. The speeches were lovely and at times entertaining. We heard from the retiring Mayor Councillor Steve Bucknell, the new/now current Mayor Councillor Mike Farrow and heard the kind and supportive speeches of other council members. The Town Clerk closed the speeches by updating us on the developments of the town over the past year.

It was a lovely opportunity to speak with locals of Royal Wootton Bassett and great to talk with Councillor Allison Bucknell about the RWB Arts Festival. There was a generous spread and plenty of drink, and it was a very good way to spend a Thursday night!”

From all of us here at RWBAF we wish the Mayor Councillor Mike Farrow all the best in his new role. Congratulations!



RWB Arts Festival Helps Welcome in New RWB Mayor

Tonight, is the Mayor Making Ceremony at St. Bartholomew and All Saints Church in Royal Wootton Bassett.

RWB Arts Festival are delighted to have been invited along to this ceremony and amongst others from our committee member, Rhian Vaughan will be attending on our behalf. We wish the new mayor well in their important community role and look forward to working with them throughout their term.

RWB Arts Festival GDPR Approach

On May 25th 2018, the law is changing regarding how organisations like RWBAF gather, hold and remove your personal data. The new legislation often referred to as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) emphasis has shifted towards your right to specify if you want us to hold your data, to also know what data is held about you and your right to have your data removed if that is what you want us to do.

This means that from now onwards RWBAF will ask you explicitly for permission to hold your contact details on documents such as our Festival Entry Forms. Then, once we are holding your data we will only keep for the length of time we need it to run the Festival efficiently at which point we will delete it.

The RWBAF Committee would like to reassure you that the performers who take part in our festival, their teachers and parents who support them are of the greatest importance to us and your happiness and satisfaction with our Festival is our top priority. Therefore, if you have any questions about your data please feel free to contact us at any time – we will be only too happy to help!

Best Regards

Miranda Shirnia
Chair, Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

Email: RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com

Twitter @RWBArtsFestival 

Facebook @RWBArtsFestival


RWB Arts Festival and GDPR

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in twenty years. It comes into effect from the 25th May, 2018 and even after Brexit it will remain domestic policy in the UK.

GDPR is an important amendment to individuals’ rights and every organisation, even churches and charities, have to adhere to its policies. Much of GDPR is already part of organisations’ business models and best practice, but there are some basic changes which are about safeguarding and securing your information, and about being transparent about how organisations process and manage your personal data. GDPR is a necessary and important step in this virtual twenty-first century world, but it is not just about compliance and policy, it is about protecting people and people’s personal information.

RWB Arts Festival GDPR Approach

RWB Arts Festival has always taken the management of your data very seriously, and we already have policies and procedures in place  which are designed to manage and retain only what we need to in order to run our Festival. As with many organisations, charitable or commercial, we are undergoing the expected GDPR alignment and audit activities at present to ensure GDPR compliance is achieved throughout our committee and our Festival systems.

Opt In rather than Opt Out

GDPR is very clear that an individual’s choice to say ‘no’ is paramount. Assumed consent is not good enough anymore, you need to be explicit about ‘opting in’. Fortunately, there is only a limited amount of personal data held by us, but please be aware that you may receive communications to ‘opt in’ over the coming days. You can of course contact us on RWBArtsFestival@gmail.com to provide your consent should you so wish.

GDPR Highlights

There is lots of information about GDPR on-line but below are some very basic highlights for you.

Privacy by Design
Privacy by design is not a new concept, but GDPR brings it into the forefront. Article 23 states that only the necessary data will be held and processed, and only those who need to access it to complete the task in question shall be able to.

Right to Access
Part of the expanded rights of data subjects (i.e. you) outlined by GDPR is the right to ask what data we (in this case RWB Arts Festival) hold on you, where and why. We also have to provide you that data should you ask for it. This is about transparency and is one of the key and most laudable changes to the way data is managed.

Right to be Forgotten
As much as you have a right to know what is being held about you, you can also ask for your data to be removed. The conditions for erasure, as outlined in article 17, include the data no longer being relevant to original purposes for processing, or a data subjects withdrawing consent. It should also be noted that this right requires controllers to compare the subjects’ rights to “the public interest in the availability of the data” when considering such requests.

May 25th

We at the RWB Arts Festival fundamentally support the enhanced rules of protecting personal data and with recent news stories it has become ever more apparent about how important these regulations are in order to protect people.

We will update you with any other relevant information as and when it is necessary. In the meantime, rest assured that we are on track to be GDPR compliant by the 25th May.

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