CHIPPING SODBURY FESTIVAL

Friday 9th June to Sunday 18th June 2017.

Why Not Join Us ?

 

If you have ideas for the future, or wish to help run Festival 2017, come along to the AGM in the Church Centre, Wickwar Rd at 7.45 on Monday 19th September 2016

Chipping Sodbury Festival - a summary

 

Chipping Sodbury Festival 2016 has just ended and marks what has probably been the most successful year ever. The theme this year was King and Queens and this was picked up in so many ways.

 

All major events were sold out and the Quarry Open Day had a higher attendance than any event in the 31 year life of the Festival - almost 400

The support from the town’s traders and groups has been amazing with donations or gifts in kind. This generosity enabled the Festival Committee to run many community events.

 

All of the local schools took part in Arts and Science workshops. Additionally all local schools performed lunch time, or evening concerts, in the Town Hall.The shops and offices took part in the Window Dressing Competition and Spot the Error was enjoyed by hundreds.

 

The fully subscribed evening events comprised, Quiz Evening, Lars Tharp talk, ABBA tribute act, Jim Elsworth’s Ever Changing Sodbury , Ann Widdecombe’s show “Life after Parliament”, the Combined Schools Concert “Royal Razzamatazz” and the amazing Flower’s Band performed the traditional Last Night of the Proms – Chipping Sodbury Style.There were many disappointed people who missed out on tickets for these events.

 

With the support of Sodbury Jazz and Blues, Jazz was re- introduced into the Festival for the first time in a number of years, with a Jazz Day in various venues around the town. A Jazz Night was held in the Town Hall with Jazzmaster‘s Mini Big band with singer Sinead McCabe. This was played to a near capacity crowd and was a really lively evening.

 

On Tuesday night there was Music in the Street with a variety of entertainers. The chilly weather took the crowds down a little, but a good time was has by all with quite a lot of Dancing in the Street.

 

The Saturday Carnival and Street Fair organised by the Lions Club brought the crowds in by the thousands. A fine array of bands and floats, made all the more exciting by a flypast by aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Alongside all of this was the presence of the Carnival Princess, Charlotte, and her two attendants, Keira and Paige. The three of them supported every event and they didn’t stop smiling all week.

 

After a hectic ten days and 55 events the Festival Committee has already started planning next year’s Festival which will run from Friday 9th June to Sunday 18th June 2017.

 

If you have ideas for the future, or wish to help run Festival 2017, come along to the AGM in the Church Centre, Wickwar Rd at 7.45 on Monday 19th September 2016.

 

Message from Jim Elsworth – 2016 Festival Chairman.

 

I have been associated with the Festival since its early days, but this is the first year I have held the post of Chairman.

I have been backed by a fantastic group on the committee who have worked well to pull off what has to be the most successful Festival ever. In the past few days it has been most gratifying to have so people stop me in the street to say how much they have enjoyed the events staged this year.

One lady, who is new to the area and who attended most of the ticketed events and many of the free events, said that her £50 spent on tickets was the best value she has ever had. We always aim to make ticket prices affordable and that was a most rewarding compliment.

After over 30 years, I intend to take a bit of a back seat next year, but I think the committee are well placed to continue into the future.

Jim Elsworth