RWB Arts Festival Preparations, 2018

The final preparations are underway for this weekend’s RWB Arts Festival.

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The new winners cups have arrived and the old ones retrieved and polished, the new medals ordered and delivered, the programmes printed, the certificates ready, the news reading scripts have been sent to all students, the cakes are being made, the adjudicators primed, the rooms are being set up, and the volunteers and committee members are all ready to receive the hundreds of students and parents and teachers over the coming weekend!

We wish everyone who is partaking good luck and look forward to seeing the ever rising talent and quality of so many actors and actresses, and musicians.

You can come and witness the high quality performers by buying tickets on the door.

A Season Ticket – only £5.00

This will allow you into all rooms on both days of the Festival

Day Ticket – only £3.00

This will allow you into all rooms on one day

Programmes – £3.00

CASH ONLY PLEASE! Please note that without purchasing a ticket you will not be able to watch your child perform, and we would hate to think you would miss their special moment, and possible winning of a trophy!

 

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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

Also 
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 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 Music Chair Retirement

It is with regret that we have to announce the retirement of our long-serving Music Chair, John Davies, and his wife, Committee Member, Jan Davies at the end of this Festival year.

Both John and Jan have given much time and energy to the Festival over many years and their energies will be much missed now they are stepping down. They were presented with flowers and awarded life-long ‘Friends’ status during our recent Spring Gala as way of thank you.

We thank John and Jan for all they have done and wish them well in their well-earned retirement!

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