Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Tickets are already selling well and we would recommend getting in early to save those valuable pounds (20 of them per ticket at the moment.)
Do you have any videos of pictures of Last years festival. We are always on the lookout for unusual pictures. You never know they may even get onto the web page or in the programmes
Contact us or just send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Skatepark latest. We have now been to the public consultation and I can
safely say that the evenings presentation from the council was pretty
shambolic. The presentation were not very concise with the on screen
slides seriously missing the connection with each other. A classic case
of one hand not knowing what the other is doing. Some really valid
points came out from the meeting and it was agreed by pretty much
everyone in the room that the council must get on with providing a
skatepark which has shamefully been in the promise bucket for some 12
years!. The biggest sticking point is, of course, that everyone wants it
somewhere else. However the majority opinion seemed to be that a
section of Monkton park (the bit near the Olympiad) is by far the best
place and not the River Island Park.
It would seem that the one
thing sort of preventing them is a small number of residents that live
on the edge of the park that understandably want i
anywhere but within earshot of their back garden. It seems to me that
the council have to make a very special effort to convince these people
that a skatepark can be in view of their property AND be audibly
acceptable. They really, really have to get on with it as it is becoming
By far the best speaker in the room last night was, by
far, the festival ex director, Dick Stanger, who was clear, concise and
full of positive ideas which some others sadly lacked. Well done Dick -
I did notice that Councillors were all furtively writing down all he
was saying - or was it just noting his name!!
Well done all for the
support shown to the festival and it's claim for the few days a year to
this ideal site for the festival. Please do not let up. The more the
merrier. If you play, have played or are about to play at the festival
you have a valid voice to keep this site for a festival that has so much
history and so much community spirit. That goes also for anyone who
bought a ticket and bought even just a bag of sweets at the local shop.
They all add to that enormous benefit for the town.
deadline is 7th January when the skateboard group make the next decision
of where to go next. We have stated our intent to help them find
Cheers for now
Watch this space for more updates !
By far the best speaker in the room last night was, by far, the festival ex director, Dick Stanger, who was clear, concise and full of positive ideas which some others sadly lacked. Well done Dick - I did notice that Councillors were all furtively writing down all he was saying - or was it just noting his name!!
Well done all for the support shown to the festival and it's claim for the few days a year to this ideal site for the festival. Please do not let up. The more the merrier. If you play, have played or are about to play at the festival you have a valid voice to keep this site for a festival that has so much history and so much community spirit. That goes also for anyone who bought a ticket and bought even just a bag of sweets at the local shop. They all add to that enormous benefit for the town.
The next deadline is 7th January when the skateboard group make the next decision of where to go next. We have stated our intent to help them find somewhere
Cheers for now
Watch this space for more updates !
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Chippenham skatepark meeting venue changesCouncil officials have changed the venue of the public meeting to discuss a skate park for Chippenham as they expect a large number of people to attend.
The meeting, on Monday night , was due to be at Wiltshire Council’s Monkton Park offices but will now be held at Sheldon School from 7pm to 9pm. The school can accommodate about 300 people.
Opinion has been mixed about River Island at Monkton Park, the only site identified by the skate park task group set up by Chippenham Area Board as a possible location.
Organisers of the Chippenham Folk Festival, which uses River Island, says if a skate park is built there it could threaten the festival.
A number of people, including councillors, believe River Island would not be a suitable site and have suggested an indoor site be found.
Councillor Desna Allen, chairman of the skate park task group and of the Area Board, said: “There are a great deal of feelings about the subject and everyone needs to be able to express their views.
“A public protection officer from Wiltshire Council will talk about skate park equipment and the results of noise assessments.
“There will be an opportunity to ask questions and I would like to stress there has been no decision on River Island. It may be that we are asked to look at other sites. If the whole meeting says absolutely not to River Island we would be foolish to not take notice.
“We want to hear all views. We have a duty to young people to find a location for a skate park.”
Coun Allen said: “It’s because of that history that we have gone to such extreme lengths to try and get it right.”
Following the public meeting the skate park task group will meet and make a recommendation to the Area Board for its meeting on January 7.
Be there and object !
Sheldon School, Hardenhuish Lane, Chjippenham. 7pm
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Tuesday, 23 October 2012
The festival Committees have unanimously agreed that this situation is totally unacceptable and have drafted the following letter in response. You can also add your weight to the campaign but we must ask that you do it now as we do not have long to get our feeling heard. If the proposals get as far as planning stage it may prove to be too late. Please either send an email to the Leader of the council,Jane Scott, or the Area Board Chairman, Desna Allen. Their email links are here: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would prefer please email us at email@example.com and we will send it on the the appropriate persons at the Council
Here is the letter which we have drafted to be sent to the area board
"An open Letter from The offices of Chippenham Folk Festival:
Folk Festival in Jeopardy
Chippenham Folk Festival supports the provision of a diverse range of recreation and sports facilities in Chippenham, and the Festival has been making a full contribution to these over the last 40 years. However, it is clear from the scant details provided that the Island Park cannot accommodate both the main centre of the Chippenham Folk Festival and a permanent skatepark. The illustrations show that too much of the space would be taken up by concrete; vehicular access which currently is verytight would be impossible and there would be insufficient room for the tents/temporary buildings/participants. If the Island Parkis occupied by a skate park the town risks losing the folk festival in its current form.The Chippenham Folk Festival is a non-profit making and entirely voluntary organisation which holds over 200 events in avariety of venues over four days of the Bank Holiday at the end of May.The festival Friday is almost exclusively for local schools and around 300 children have a day of tuition in song, dance, playing instruments and story-telling. In the afternoon the children have an organised dance in the Island Park. Other festival events start in the park on Friday evening. For the next three days there is a minimum daily throughput of around 5,000 people in theIsland Park. Throughout the festival a large number of free activities take place in the Island Park and in the streets for the enjoyment of the public. The street market run on behalf of the Festival by the Rotary Club of Wiltshire Vale on the BankHoliday Monday, can easily attract in excess of 20,000 people (independent assessment in 2009).The Festival provides a unique attraction which draws people from all over the country and beyond. These visitors stay in the locality and typically will spend money locally on accommodation, fuel, food and drink - for them the Folk Festival weekend ispart of a holiday in which they can visit other local attractions. We can quantify how much money the festival tourists spend inChippenham—around £45 -£50 per person each day.Chippenham Folk Festival has a significant beneficial impact on the local economy because the festival itself spends money locally throughout the year and because of the huge number of visitors it generates on the festival weekend A study in 2010 suggeststhat (with the application of recommended multipliers) the festival currently brings well in excess of £1.5 million into the local economy annually. This money comes exclusively to the Chippenham area and its businesses, because of the festival. The festival currently costs £138,000 to stage, but the festival is mainly self-supporting and meets these costs with little or no money from the public purse. The folk festival has been held in the area since 1972, so in that time has probably provided over £30million for Chippenham with virtually no cost to the residents; indeed many of the local residents participate in, look forward to and enjoy the festival.Many folk festivals are run for profit and they make that profit by being on out-of-town sites. The spending is mostly contained within the site and does not go into the local economy. Chippenham Folk Festival prides itself on being within the town and supporting the town’s economy, cultural heritage and education.The Chippenham Town Council and Chippenham Area Board of Wiltshire Council recently honoured the festival organisers with a Civic Award for both their dedication to the folk festival and for the importance of the folk festival to the town of Chippenham.In terms of aesthetics, Chippenham is extraordinarily blessed to have the countryside coming all the way into the town centre.The outlook from the river’s edge may not be perfect and there are certainly utilitarian buildings close by. However, that should spur the residents of Chippenham to protect and nurture the green space they have and not to treat it as a potential development site.The Festival Organisers have seen a number of skate parks and all have been stark, unattractive concrete structures with no redeeming features and the illustrations of the skate park layout tested for this site indicate that this will be no exception.Placing such a structure in an important and high profile green space a few yards from the main and historic river crossing would be exceptionally crass.Even if the folk festival could co-exist with a skate park, it probably would not want to. The Island Park is the hub of the FolkFestival and one of its major attractions; for many people it is the vital green space within this beautiful market town which canbe quietly enjoyed as part of the festival ambience.There is apparently a questionnaire in circulation asking for approval of the site but not giving the full information on which the citizens of Chippenham can make a judgement. Without giving the full facts and possible implications the result of the questionnaire is likely to be misleading. Those who want a skate park regardless of the location will certainly vote ‘Yes’; those who don’t have the full facts will be unlikely to vote.
Please contact the festival organisers for further information about the festival and it’s position regarding the Skatepark proposals by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01249 657190 or 07526444784
Saturday, 6 October 2012
Site proposed for Skatepark in Chippenham
The Chippenham Skatepark Task Group has identified a potential site for a concrete construction Skate Park in Chippenham on “River Island”. River Island is the area of Monkton Park between the river and Wilkinsons. The Task Group has taken into consideration advice from professional Skatepark designers and noise impact assessments carried out by an independent consultant. It is important to note that the installation of a Skatepark need not prevent other events and activities taking place on River Island. A concrete Skate bowl can be designed in such a way that the space could continue to accommodate other events and activities e.g. temporary flooring, staging or seating could be placed over it. Read more We would like to know whether you support the River Island site. Please get in touch either by post in reply to the article in the Talk of the Town Newsletter or via the on line survey Please tell us what you think !Go to this link to find out more: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/search.htm?output=xml_no_dtd&client=WiltshireCouncil_2011_Frame&proxystylesheet=WiltshireCouncil_2011_Frame&site=WiltshireCouncil_2011&q=chippenham+skate+park
We are, of course, looking into this and will come back with our findings and probably quite soon!
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
the host for all the sessions this year will be Dave Field. Many people have asked for the session to be run by someone "who really knows how to run a proper session" so Dave was put forward as the best man for the job and got it. Thanks Dave
|7Champions dancing outside the Rose & Crown 2011|
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Sunday, 6 May 2012
So, we will be using it for small concerts, meet the bands, discussions and workshops.
look out for the venue in your programme which will be online as soon as we can get it there
Saturday, 5 May 2012
'The trees they grow so high and the leaves they grow so green.
The day is past and gone, my love, that you and I have seen'
One of the great English popular art forms, the folk song can be painful, satirical, erotic, dramatic, rueful or funny.They have thrived when sung on a whim to a handful of friends in a pub; they have bewitched generations of English composers who have set them for everything from solo violin to full orchestra; they are sung in concerts, festivals, weddings, funerals and with nobody to hear but the singer.
This magical new collection brings together all the classic folk songs as well as many lesser-known discoveries, complete with music and annotations on their original sources and meaning. Published in cooperation with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, it is a worthy successor to Ralph Vaughan Williams and A.L.Lloyd's original Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, first published in 1959.
Friday, 4 May 2012
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
So ( and here comes the puns) if you splash out for a ticket make sure you pack your cozzie and have a whale of a time at the pool dance! More information will be available in the souvenir programme which we will tell you more about in the next few days. See pictures for a snapshp of last years event
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
We have asked 3 choirs to perform in the Big Top Tet on Island Park on the Sunday 3rd June as part of our Big Top Concert series. The Andover Loft Singers, Lingmara Chippenham Community Choir and The AK47's will be performing in this wonderful new concert and hopefully we can encourage them all to sing at least one song together at the end.
In addition to Season Ticket Holders there will be 100 iindividual event tickets available for this event priced at £10 These will be available from 1st May from the new Chippenham Community & Visitor Information Centre next to the town hall. Call 01249 6645970 to arrange tickets.
Monday, 2 April 2012
As of today you only have 29 days to save yourself £13 per season ticket!
Tickets are available via the website www.chippfolk.co.uk or you can call the new Chippenham Community information and tourism centre on 01249 665970(during working hours and Saturday mornings).
Alternatively we can always post you a booking form or even email one to you.
We have a great festival lined up this year and we don't want you to miss it.
Please check this blog daily for more news as it gets posted.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
"We've worked out that it's thirty years since the five of us first appeared under the name "Brass Monkey". Before that, there was a duo with Messrs Carthy & Kirkpatrick ranging around for a couple of years, which grew into a trio with trumpeter Howard Evans, which gradually grew into a quintet with Martin Brinsford and Roger Williams. For a while there would be a random selection of threes, fours, and fives from gig to gig, but once we'd hit on our glorious title, "Brass Monkey" always meant all five of us.
After the sad death of Howard Evans in 2006, we weren't sure whether we could carry on or not. We did a small number of forays as a four-piece, but quickly realised that this way madness lies. So in 2009, Roger's old pal Paul Archibald came in with his glorious trumpet playing to bring us back up to our full complement, and the world was our lobster.
When Paul's many commitments ( take a deep breath and look up his dazzling web-site - we are not worthy.....) caused an occasional absence, he sent along a former student of his - Shane Brennan. We all thought this would be a ghastly idea, until we saw how brilliantly and effortlessly Shane did the business.
And then there were 6!
Shane was the sole trumpeter at our appearance at Cheltenham Folk Festival on February 12th, but for our April tour, and the festivals we're doing during the summer, both Paul and Shane will be on stage to make Brass Monkey a six-piece band. There can be surely no better way to celebrate this milestone in the band's history. We'll be tickling up a few old hits, as well as re-vamping some of the current repertoire. Our approach might not be everybody's cup of tea, but at least it will be loud!"
Monday, 27 February 2012
Once a year all the managers get together to mull over the current situation regarding the next festival and throw ideas, problems and successes into the hat and stir it round a bit. We have all agreed that the next festival will be a real cracker.
We welcomed new managers Andy Stafford to run the Ceilidhs, Chris Riley to organise the Stewards, Cat Murphy will be running the Childrens festival and Mike Farrington with Morris and Displays. These lovely people are all know to us and have been involved with the festival for some time but have stepped up to the line to assist in the organisation. They have already come up with some great ideas, artists and we feel refreshed again to produce another fab festival. Check out the website for more details of artists and to buy tickets.
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Saturday, 25 February 2012
Katie (12) " ... Poi was awesome and the kids area is jam packed with fun things for us to do! ... "
Murren (11) " ... It's really friendly and has a really nice atmosphere. the staff are kind and help you out, lots of children had fun and loved all the activities like Maypole and workshops. I especially liked the crafty workshops! :-) ... "
Any other comments gratefully received
Wiltshire Council has set up a huge days event to celebrate the Queens Jubilee, with presentations from all the county's 18 Area Boards at a jousting event in The Cathedral Close, Salisbury.
Each Area board will be in a jousting tent and they will all be proudly showing off their areas best. which in Chippenham's case it includes the Museum and Folk Festival.
Bob Berry, Festival Organiser will be at the event, appropriately dressed in a medieval outfit (not the tights!) along with Councillor Desna Allen, Vicky Welsh, Chippenham Community Area Manager and Mellisa Barnett, Chippenham Museum Curator. There will be displays covering all areas of Heritage, tradition and area culture within the tent which will be appropriately dressed out for the occasion. The event will also have strolling players, musicians and medieval jousting. The day conclude with evensong in the Salisbury Cathedral. It would be really great for as many people to come along and support it. More info on this as we get it.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
We still have tickets at last year's early price available. At GBP 70.00 they are probably the best value tickets you will buy for a festival this season. You can now but using credit and debit cards either through our PayPal system or at just GBP 5.00 booking fee via the new Chippenham community and visitor centre. You can call them on 01249 460776. The cheapest way though is by our booking form and cheque payment as there I'd still no charge for cheques. Call us soon and we will do what we can to help. The prices change on the 29th Feb. The festival team
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
The amazing multi-instrumental, punchy, mega band, Brass Monkey are amongst some of finest artists headlining our festival over the late Spring Bank Holiday this year. Celebrating their 35 years of performing, we can guarantee an exciting performance from this extraordinary group.
Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Martin Brinsford, Roger Williams and Paul Archibald are playing for just one concert in our Big Top Tent on the Monday early evening, Event tickets will also be available for this event during May.
Mellifluous is certainly what you could associate with Coope, Boyes and Simpson but what you get with the beautifully smooth singing is real punch with the songs content. Jim, Barry and Lester are masters of extraordinary songs which have been known to bring audiences to tears of joy whilst ripping your heart out in a moment. Their musicallity is second to none and you can see them at the festival on the Sunday.
Talking of musicality, lets talk about Mick Ryan.
Mick has been at the centre of many fine folk theatre productions including "Tolpuddle", "A Days Work", "The Voyage", "The Navvies Wife" and now, his latest blockbuster, "The Pauper's Path to Hope".
Mick has gathered together some of the finest from the folk world - Maggie Boyle, Paul Downes, Judy Dunlop, Roy Clinging, Heather Bradford and Phoebe Kirrage. Members of the wonderful Thoresby Colliery Brass Band complete the line up. A superb show, riding along to much critical acclaim, will be in our Big Top tent on the early Saturday Evening. Event tickets for this show will be available in May.