Conservation group boosts Sidmouth FolkWeek
- Credit: Archant
The Sid Vale Association’s Keith Owen Fund pledged £8,000 to Sidmouth FolkWeek so the town’s cultural traditions can live on in the next generation.
Sidmouth Primary School classes are benefiting from music workshops and art classes to encourage the youngsters to get involved in the festival. The donation was made as part of the civic society’s commitment to preserving the town’s heritage.
The Reverend Handel Bennett, the chairman of the Keith Owen grants committee, said: “As a conservation society we are very pleased to see folk traditions maintained and preserved in Sidmouth. This year we are backing their efforts to produce some great ideas with youngsters from Sidmouth Primary School, who are learning and performing traditional folk arts.”
Receiving the cheque was festival director John Braithwaite, who said: “We are bringing opportunities to the children of Sidmouth – it wouldn’t have happened without the Keith Owen Fund.”
Bev and Ray Langton, who produce the Children’s Festival, visited the primary school on Monday to give them a taste of what to expect during the festival.
You may also want to watch:
They took six classes through the day, teaching the youngsters to play the melodeon.
“We taught them to play ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ - and they have all been little stars,” Bev said.
- 1 Stephen's not afraid to get hands-on to keep business moving forward
- 2 Two Sidmouth gardens set to open to the public this bank holiday
- 3 Plans for restart of operations for Sidmouth Voluntary Services
- 4 General Buller's statue in Exeter stay or go?
- 5 New team on frontline for mental health care and support
- 6 Sidmouth Girls Rugby
- 7 College launches two new fundraising appeals
- 8 Young gardeners enjoy seeing the early fruits of their labour
- 9 Here come the Red Arrows! Things are looking up for town
- 10 High Street beckons for hobbyists emerging from lockdown
As well as music workshops, the youngsters will be designing flags to represent life in a seaside town that will be flown in future FolkWeeks.
Children will also have the chance to try traditional arts, crafts and dancing, and there will be special family performances across the week.