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Calendar of Events 2017

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Saturday 20th May - FESTIVAL SATURDAY
From 10am centred on Mortimer Gardens

Festival Saturday Entertainment

The events on Festival Saturday start at 10am in Mortimer Gardens. The programme includes entertainment for all the family and there is a market and many other activities across the town

Festival Saturday

10.00 Tai chi Judy Schuneman will teach us some gentle moves to promote a sense of calm, health and well-being
10.30 Nailsworth Primary School Choir The choir will be performing a range of songs from Folk to Musicals; their enthusiasm and love of singing will bring a smile to your face
11.00 Punch and Judy by Poulton Puppets Much-loved traditional puppet show
11.30 5 Valleys’ Circus Stroud’s very own comedy juggling duo
12.00 Screaming Steve Presley and The Hound Dogs plus Just Jive dancers Local band Screaming Steve Presley and The Hound Dogs put the rock into roll - with dance demonstration from Just Jive Lindy Hop
12.45 Punch and Judy More of Poulton Puppets’ traditional puppet show
13.15 Nailsworth Community Choir: Local singers perform a lively and varied mix of songs from around the world
13.45 5 Valleys’ Circus Stroud’s very own comedy juggling duo
14.15 - 15.15 Screaming Steve Presley and The Hound Dogs More rock and roll from Screaming Steve Presley and The Hound Dogs



Other Festival Saturday Activities

Once again there will be a wide variety of market stalls below Mortimer Gardens selling many kinds of foods, gifts, snacks and crafts. And the stream will once again be the venue for the usual duck race. Around the corner in Market Street the traders will be spilling out onto the street with café tables and stalls accompanied by a programme of entertainment provided by local musicians. And this year there will be more street music at other spots around the town, including Cossack Square and St.George’s Church.

Many of our wonderful restaurants and cafes have joined together to make a FOOD TRAIL. There will be a variety of exciting foods to sample – look out for details on posters and fliers around town and at the Festival info stall. Participants include 1 Wild Garlic, 2 Oldstone, 3 Asparagasm, 4 Wilder, 5 Number 28, 6 The Canteen, 7 Hobbs House, 8 The Vault, 9 The Olive Tree, 10 William’s Food Hall and Oyster Bar.

Food Trail Venues

FREE

9.30am to 5pm St George’s Church GL6 0BP
(Also 1pm to 5pm Sunday 21st)

Exhibition
The Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum
The working Maquettes

Maquettes for the Armed Forces Memorial

This is unique opportunity to see the work of the renowned sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. On display will be the working Maquettes for the Armed Forces Memorial, the largest memorial to commemorate those who gave their lives to the service of our country since World War Two, up to the present day. The originals were cast by Castle Fine Arts Foundry, Inchbrook and Llanrhaeadr. The memorial was unveiled by HM Queen in 2007. This is the first time the Maquettes have been exhibited publicly since their exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in 2008. Ian Rank-Broadley is one of the foremost sculptors working today. His effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on all UK and Commonwealth coinage since 1998. His work is in public collections at home and abroad. In the course of his career, he has made two large bronze groups of sculpture for the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum and the memorial to Dean Colet in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Free
10am to 5pm Mortimer Room GL6 0DU

Exhibition
“Only a Stone’s throw from Nailsworth”
Nailsworth News Photographs

Exhibition of past photographs in colour from the Nailsworth News by our local photographer Martin Stone.

Free
10am to 4pm St George’s Church GL6 0BP

Exhibition
Lest we forget – Casualties from Nailsworth in World War One

Many residents will have noticed Nailsworth’s very own “Blue Plaques” that have been appearing around the Town. Come along to St George’s and discover the details uncovered by the Archive Team about those who made such huge sacrifices for their Country in the 1914 – 18 war. The team have been working to ensure that they are truly not forgotten by those of us who share this space and their legacy a hundred years on.

Free
Gigg Mill open: Saturday 20th May 10am - 12 noon (also Saturday 27th May 10am - 12 noon and 2pm - 4pm)
Dunkirk Mill open: Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May 2pm - 4pm both days

Stroudwater Textiles

Visit local Mills and learn the history of the cloth manufacturing industry that dominated the Stroud Valleys for 200 Years. Select and weave your own design and then see how looms developed from hand to power.This event is organised by the Stroudwater Textile Trust.

£3 for one mill
and £5 for two,
pay on door

7.30pm Town Hall GL6 0JF

Thrill Collins

Thrill Collins

We’re delighted to welcome for the first time to the Festival this year, popular local band Thrill Collins. A three-piece acoustic skiffle party-band with a habit of rearranging some of the most epic pop songs of all time, with surprising results, Thrill Collins are not only huge fun to watch, but are also very much in demand. They are regulars on the UK festival circuit and have played high profile events across the UK including Glastonbury and Camp Bestival. Bring your dancing feet - it’s sure to be a fun night.

Bar

£15

how to book

Sunday 21st May
Barton End Equestrian Centre GL6 0QF

Riding the Bounds

Riding the Bounds

A cavalcade of horse riders will trace the boundary of Nailsworth Town, covering a distance of about ten miles. Participants can bring their own horse (parking available); alternatively horses may be hired from Barton End Stables. Please do let us know early if you are interested in taking part as a rider. Numbers will be limited, depending on the age and experience of the riders involved.

To book, phone Barton End Equestrian Centre on 01453 834915 or send an email entitled “Riding the Bounds” to enquiries@bartonendstables.co.uk and we will get in touch with you

£10 per person
(to cover
admin costs)

Booking
details
on left

1pm to 5pm St George’s Church GL6 0BP
(Also 9.30am to 5pm Saturday 20th)

Exhibition
The Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum
The working Maquettes

Maquettes for the Armed Forces Memorial

This is unique opportunity to see the work of the renowned sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. On display will be the working Maquettes for the Armed Forces Memorial, the largest memorial to commemorate those who gave their lives to the service of our country since World War Two, up to the present day. The originals were cast by Castle Fine Arts Foundry, Inchbrook and Llanrhaeadr. The memorial was unveiled by HM Queen in 2007. This is the first time the Maquettes have been exhibited publicly since their exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in 2008. Ian Rank-Broadley is one of the foremost sculptors working today. His effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II has appeared on all UK and Commonwealth coinage since 1998. His work is in public collections at home and abroad. In the course of his career, he has made two large bronze groups of sculpture for the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum and the memorial to Dean Colet in St Paul’s Cathedral.

Free
2-4pm King George V Playing Field GL6 0HT

Footie Fest

If you enjoy playing football and are aged between 8 and 16 come and join Nailsworth Youth Club in partnership with PSALMS in an afternoon of football fun. Activities will include a skills zone, coaching session and football tournament. All participants will receive a medal and refreshments will be provided. Girls and boys welcome.

Free

7.30pm Christ Church GL6 0DQ

The London Bridge Trio

Sponsored in memory of the late Robert Stiling, Brownshill, Stroud

London Bridge Trio

The London Bridge Trio, one of Britain’s leading chamber ensembles, will perform a concert of music for violin, cello and piano. They have performed at the Wigmore Hall and Kings Place, as well as St John’s Smith Square. Their concert of Czech music at Champs Hill in Sussex was broadcast live by BBC Radio 3. The varied programme consists of Richard Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Kodaly’s Duo for Violin and Cello and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 2 – an evening of real musical treats. Their recording of the Fantasiestücke was described by the Sunday Times as “heart-touchingly eloquent” and “rendered with a bubbling brilliance”.

Refreshments available

£12

how to book

Monday 22nd May
10am - 1pm Christ Church GL6 0DQ

Art workshop: “It’s all colour to me” - Christina Bingle

Come and enjoy a three hour practical workshop. The workshop will focus upon the accuracies and intricacies of mixing warm and cool primary colours and to be able to experience the potential of using colour- be inspired! Beginners and competent painters alike are most welcome, enthusiasm is as welcome as experience! Christina Bingle obtained her Degree in 1982 and now exhibits in the prestigious Cheltenham Group of Artists, additionally participating in group and solo shows locally and around the country, having work in private and public collections across the UK.

£8

how to book

7.30pm Town Hall GL6 0JF

‘Tales of Lust and Chocolate’: Chloë

Chloe

Dark desires, sizzling passion and pure greed – Chloë of the Midnight Storytellers tempts you to a hot off the tongue assortment of flirtatious fiction. Chloë is a pioneer of modern performance storytelling for adults, appearing at an astonishing range of venues from Cheltenham Literature Festival to cruise ships on the Med. No scripts, no reading – this is genuine verbal jazz. Containing adult references but no blue material – designed to entertain adults. “A master storyteller” – Cotswold Life. “Intriguing, funny, fabulous language, I loved it” – Cheltenham Poetry Festival. To add to your enjoyment of the evening, local chocolatier, Caroline Hensley, will be on hand with her fabulous chocolate to sample and purchase if you wish.

Bar

£8

how to book

Tuesday 23rd May
6pm Nailsworth Subscription Rooms GL6 0HH
also Saturday 27th May, 2pm

Harp Workshops

Harp Workshops

Have you ever played a harp? Here is your chance to have a go. No musical experience needed, this is a simple session in a small group (limited to 8 per session).You’ll be surprised how easy it is to play a simple melody in no time!

£10

how to book

7.30pm Egypt Mill GL6 0AE

‘Dead Babies and Seaside Towns’: Alice Jolly

Alice Jolly

Novelist and playwright Alice Jolly won the 2016 Ackerley Prize with her soul-searching, heart-wrenching, utterly compelling memoir about stillbirth and surrogacy. It is, she says, written for those who have similarly lost a child. “I feel that this book belongs to all the people who so tirelessly campaign on that issue and who, sadly, really aren’t heard.” Based in Rodborough, Alice is the author of two novels published by Simon and Schuster, while her plays have been performed nationwide.

Bar

£6

how to book

7.30pm Ruskin Mill GL6 0LA

Richard Valentine Memorial Folk Concert
Daniel and Emma Reid

Daniel and Emma Reid

Sweden-based, the duo-couple Daniel (soprano and baritone saxophones, accordion, vocals) and Emma Reid (fiddle, viola, vocals) perform songs, self-penned tunes and traditional material from both Sweden and the British Isles, all with a remarkably close and spontaneous interaction. The eclectic mix of instruments and vocals combined with sheer musical brilliance makes for a beautiful, evocative performance, a balm for the soul.

www.rmt.org/ruskinmillcollege/events

£12

To book please
call Ruskin Mill
01453 837537
or 07977 174729

Wednesday 24th May
7.30pm Christ Church GL6 0DQ

A partnership event with Churches Together in Nailsworth
A Comedy Night with Tony Vino

Tony Vino

Preston’s very own funny man Tony Vino has been touring the comedy scene since 2005. He mixes friendly well-timed observational humour with audience interaction and quick witted responses. Last year, he hosted residencies at Spring Harvest and Greenbelt, while at Edinburgh Festivals he hosted the Clean (as Possible) Comedy Show. “Tony is a very funny, class act and always comes up with the goods” – Darren Goddard, Greenbelt Festival Events. “Tony was delightful” – Paul Jennings ASDA Events. “Comedy that’s life affirming” – BBC1 Heaven and Earth Show.

£5

how to book

6.30pm Asparagasm GL6 0DA

A Taste of Spring at Asparagasm

Join Nailsworth’s Asparagasm restaurant for ‘ A taste of Spring’, an evening of seasonal plant-based food. Head chef Lauren Lovatt will take guests on a taste adventure through spring, sharing creative ways to use the finest local produce, both grown and foraged. Enjoy Superfood tonics on arrival; talk about the building-blocks of plant-based cuisine with demos and tastings throughout the evening; end with a delicious meal together. Example menu: hedgerow salad; springtime nori rolls with foraged dip; bright and beautiful lemon tart.

£35

Tickets direct
from Asparagasm
Tel: 01453 839352

Thursday 25th May
7.30pm Town Hall GL6 0JF

Kathryn Williams

Kathryn Williams

British singer/songwriter Kathryn Williams began her career in 1999 with the release of her first album, Dog Leap Stairs. Her second album, 2000’s Little Black Numbers, was nominated for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize. With her newly raised profile, Williams began writing her third album and making collaborative appearances with folk legends like Bert Jansch and John Martyn. She has shared the stage with Ray LaMontagne, Martha Wainwright, and KT Tunstall, among many others. Her 11th album, Hypoxia, a lyrically and sonically ambitious set of songs was inspired by Sylvia Plath’s novel, The Bell Jar. Her most recent and 13th album, Resonator, sees a collaboration with jazz musician, Anthony Kerr.

Bar

£15

how to book

7.30pm Town Hall GL6 0JF

Sponsored by Stag Homes
The Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz presented by M&M Theatrical Productions

The M&M Theatrical Productions’ beautiful adaptation of the classic L. Frank Baum story takes you on an exciting adventure with Dorothy and her friends down the yellow brick road, through corn fields and munchkin lands, as she finds the three best friends anyone could ever ask for. Together they gather the strength to defeat the wicked witch of the west, who has overpowered a once beautiful land with her wickedness. Be blown away to Oz with one of the company’s most popular productions.

Bar

Adult £12
Child (5-16) £6
(Under 5 Free)

how to book

Saturday 27th May
2pm Nailsworth Subscription Rooms GL6 0HH
also Tuesday 23rd May, 6pm

Harp Workshops

Harp Workshops

Have you ever played a harp? Here is your chance to have a go. No musical experience needed, this is a simple session in a small group (limited to 8 per session).You’ll be surprised how easy it is to play a simple melody in no time!

£10

how to book

10am - 4pm Ruskin Mill Field Centre GL6 OQE

Bee Workshops

Join us for inspiring and educational workshops, as part of a weekend, facilitated by Stroud Nature, Bee the Change, Biodynamic Association, the Natural Beekeeping Trust and Stroud Beekeepers.

Lunch provided

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7.30pm Nailsworth Subscription Rooms GL6 0HH

Madi Stimpson Quartet

Madi Stimpson

Based in the West Midlands, Madi Stimpson is an exciting and eclectic guitarist, composer and singersongwriter. As well as some of his own tracks, his set includes arrangements of tunes by Charlie Parker, Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Chet Atkins, Scott Joplin, Mozart, John Martyn and a selection of British and Irish folk tunes. Madi will be performing with rhythm guitarist Nick Bryan, double bassist Marko Miletitch and saxophonist Geoff Walker. Nick is an allround acoustic guitarist with a special love of gypsy swing. Marko came to the UK from Paris in the late 90s, playing with a variety of orchestras and bands, most notably The Roving Crows and the well-loved blues outfit Babajack. Geoff Walker can be regularly seen performing with the Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra and the Southside and Phoenix Big Bands.

Bar

£10

how to book

Sunday 28th May
11.30am to 2.30pm (approx.) start at at Nailsworth Library GL6 0DU

Nature Ramble

Join us for a nature ramble and picnic on the Commons. We will be doing our best to identify flowers, butterflies and other insects as we go, as well as enjoying each other’s company and meeting new people. A stop for a picnic is planned, so please bring some food with you for lunch if you wish. There is no obligation, but it would be lovely if there is some food to share.

£3 adults

Children free

how to book

2pm to 4pm Christ Church Hall GL6 0DQ

'Sing For the Joy of Singing'

Come and join in with an experiential singing workshop led by Penelope Wildgoose, choir leader for the Nailsworth Community Choir.  Songs from around the world, gospel, folk and original compositions are taught in a fun accessible way.  Previous experience or music reading skills are not necessary as songs are taught mostly by ear. Notation will also be available.

£5
payable on the door


picture of Sue Limb

Harps, bees, historic photos: a cavalcade of horses, a delicious plate of hedgerow ... Shed a tear with Alice Jolly, bust a gut laughing with Tony Vino. There will be music from skiffle to Schumann, and who knows, a nightingale might sing in Cossack Square.

Sue Limb
Well known writer and broadcaster. Sue is a local resident and is the Festival Patron

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