Sidmouth Folk Week organisers want to recruit more local residents as volunteer stewards

Volunteer stewards at Sidmouth Folk Week

Volunteer stewards at Sidmouth Folk Week - Credit: Contributed

Volunteering at Folk Week brings benefits both during and after the festivities

Fun and friendship for volunteer stewards at Folk Week

Fun and friendship for volunteer stewards at Folk Week - Credit: Contributed

The organisers of Sidmouth Folk Week are inviting local residents of all ages to put themselves forward as volunteer stewards, in a bid to create a real sense of community involvement.

This year the organisers are particularly keen to make people aware of the opportunities to volunteer and how they will benefit from doing so; one big perk being a free festival pass giving off-duty access to a huge range of concerts, ceilidhs, workshops and other events.

Another advantage is the chance to meet new people and make new connections, bringing a boost to their social life that lasts long after the music and dancing is over.

Spokesman Stephen Hunt said: “Unlike some other musical events, the inclusive nature of Folk Week ensures that young and old are valued and respected equally. Working a few hours each day as part of a volunteer team is a great way to meet new friends, many of whom also live in the town and the surrounding area. And it generally doesn’t feel like working!”

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Stewards are needed at the town centre church venues, the Bulverton marquee and at the campsite, as well as other locations.

Stephen explained that while some of the existing volunteers live locally, some come from outside the area and stay at the campsite. They are mainly folk music enthusiasts who leap at the chance to participate in Folk Week without the expense of tickets, campsite fees and festival bus travel.

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While these visiting volunteers are very welcome, the organisers also want to emphasise the strong connection between the festival and the local community. It is a unique event, with hotels, theatres, churches, pubs and cafes opening their doors to stage events, and many local businesses contributing generous support and sponsorship.

“Most festival volunteers return to Folk Week year after year,” said Stephen. “They do it for the music, the fun and the immense satisfaction that comes as being a part of a long-established and widely-cherished cultural institution. And those who live in Sidmouth can enjoy it all for nothing, while also enjoying the comforts of home.”

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