Scarily it has been well over 6 months since our last newsletter, so apologies for the gap, I will make sure I do better in future.
Part of the reason for the delay is that there has been a lot going on, with significant developments in a number of areas.
I will start with the Halls project:
It’s a standing joke with a couple of you, that when I bump into you in the street, and am asked “how are you getting on with the Halls project”. The answer is “It’s moving forward”, and the fact is that is is “Moving forward”, True the speed of movement is more akin to a glacier than a racing car, but the fact is that is moving!
As I said in the last newsletter, It is a large and complex project that can not be rushed. Furthermore, we see it as part of a much larger project around developing the Arts and Music scene in the town.
The halls project will move at its own pace. Our job in the meantime is to work towards the goal of developing Arts & Music within the town. This brings me on to the other projects.
Art in the Window
Following a break in 2015, Art in the Window is back this year thanks to our association with the Glossop Arts Project (www.glossopartsproject.org), with a shared desire to make Art accessible to all, GAP have this year taken on the task of managing Art in the Window. As previously the event is taking place in and around Glossop High Street during the month of August. If you are interested to find out more, you can contact GAP via twitter (@glossoparts), Facebook (GlossopArtsProject) or their website. In the meantime, enjoy some of the great art on display around the town.
Bankswood Inspire Festival
It’s exciting times for the Music festival, which this year takes place on the August bank Holiday weekend (29/30 Aug). Thanks to having secured a grant from the Big Lottery Awards for All fund, Bankswood Inspire will be bigger and better than ever.
On one level the festival is about providing an opportunity for up and coming bands and engineers to experience working on a professional stage, with a professional PA system. The Upgraded stage and PA that the funding has allowed us to bring in mean that the experience they get will be that much closer to that of a big festival.
It also that means that this year we have been able to put more resources into attracting the best breaking bands in the region get to hear the breaking bands from the North West as they would hear the top bands playing at top festivals this summer.
The result is that through the festival we are bringing great music to the town, whilst at the same time supporting those starting out in the Music industry careers. So Put the date in your diary, and either come along and help out, or simple come and enjoy the festival. If you would like to help outy at the festival, get in touch via the website, we would live to hear from you.
Glossop at Christmas
2014 also saw the Glossopdale Trust get involve in the Christmas festivities in the town. Our involvement was at 2 levels. Firstly, we organisied 2 great events of our own (Community Carols in Norfolk Square and the In Yer face production of All is Calm in Old Glossop), and secondly we worked with other organisations (Totally Locally Glossop & Bare Necessities food bank) to bring a fortnight of coordinated events including Winterfest and the Old Glossop Victorian market.
Coming back to our own events, the Norfolk Square community carols saw children from many of the towns schools coming together to ivck of the event with carols performed by their choirs, followed by Community Carols led by The Glossopdale band and Claire Sturman form Glossoppera.
The second event put on by The Glossopdale Trust was a performace of All is calm, a commemoration of the WW1 Christmas Truce that saw Soliders from the English and German trenches coming together to play football and exchange gifts during a brief cessation of hostilities on Dec 25 1914. The production, which was in the middle of a tour of the region, including a performance at the Imperial War Museum North, played to a packed house at Glossop Parish Church.
We are planning to get involved with the festivities again this year, with a repeat of the Carols in Norfolk square, so please get in touch if you would like to be involved. You can keep informed via Twitter (@glossopdaletrst) and the website, as plans develop.
On a final note
On a final note, it is really encouraging to see other organisations start to emerge with the same goals as ours (to promote the great Arts/Music going on in the Town). We are already partnering up with some of them (eg Glossop Arts Project with Art in the Window), and Glossopera for the 2014 Christmas Celebrations, and are in close contact with the organisers of the fantastic Glossop Music Festival with a view to collaborating more closely in the future. But we are keen to extend these partnerships to other groups, so if you are involved in a group dedicated to promoting developing Arts & Music in the Town, we would love to hear from you.