Larkhall Festival 2013

FRIDAY 3rd MAY 2013

Choirs by Fire
New Oriel Hall
6.30 to 8.30
The festival starts in style with performances from five local choirs:
– The Accidentals
– Minnuendos
– Humbugs
– Original Sing
– Walcot State Choir

Casino Royale
Larkhall Liberal Club (downstairs)
8.00 to 11.00
Dress to impress for an evening of roulette, cocktails and optional crooning.
An adults only fun event with prizes.
You get free chips to start then buy more as required.
With Crooneoke
Black tie compulsary.

SATURDAY 4th MAY 2013

Window Dressing Competition
Local shops
The winner will be decided by public vote and will receive a magnificent cup.
Ballot papers in the New Oriel Hall and participating shops. All votes must be cast in the ballot box (New Oriel Hall) by 5pm.

Children’s Treasure Hunt
Around local shops
For children of all ages. Treasure maps available from the New Oriel Hall.
Look in the widows of the shops on the map and try to find something which they don’t usually sell. There will be a prize for the person who spots the most items.

Children’s Art and Craft Activities (3 to 11 years old)
St Saviour’s Church
10.00 to 12.30
Free for kids, just turn up and get creative.
Cool Cafe with drinks, snacks, and fairtrade products
Including Mask Making for the Alice Park Parade later in the afternoon.

Church Tower Tours
St Saviour’s Church
10.00 to 3.00
See amazing views of Larkhall from the top of St Saviour’s Church Tower (small charge to tower fund.) Tours on the hour and half-hour. Last tour 2.30pm

Paint the Park
Alice Park
All day
Come down and colour in all the pathways. Random prizes for the best, funniest, biggest, most creative art

Children’s Art and Craft Activities (7-12 year olds)
St Mark’s School
11.00 to 3.00
Including Mask Making for the Alice Park Parade later in the afternoon.
Cafe serving light lunches and snacks open until 2pm.
There may be a small charge for creative workshops to cover the cost of materials.
Booking is not required, just come along and join in!

Exhibition of Valley Schools Art Project
St Mark’s School
11.00 to 3.00
Come along and see how the children of the Valley School have created a vision of Larkhall as you have never seen it before – all created with a helping hand from local artists Simon Hodges and Dawn Lippiatt.

Grand Opening
New Oriel Hall
12.00 noon
Opening of the festival and the Larkhall Community Library, with live music, spoken word performances and special guest, mountaineer Stephen Venables.
The winners of the Grand Poetry Competition will be announced (see http://neworielhall.org.uk/news/community-library-proposed-at-new-oriel-hall-to-open-spring-2013 for details)

Larkhall Food Festival
Larkhall Inn
12.00 to 6.00
An outdoor kitchen will be set up in the Larkhall Inn Garden where the culinary capabilities of local food makers from Larkhall shops will be demonstrated. Members of the audience will be invited to have a go themselves (if you remember the Generation Game you’ll know what we’re talking about!).
Including judging of the Larkhall Bake Off at 4pm. To enter bring some bread or cake you’ve made yourself.

Art Exhibition
New Oriel Hall
12.00 to 5.00
Curated by Ilene Sterns the exhibition will feature work by: Nigel Adams, Dave Barrett, Felicity Bowers, Paul Brokensha, Patricia Clothier, Judith Cole, Georgia Cox, Rachel Crellin, Paul Eyles, Caroline Gourlay, Cathy Kelly, Richard Olver, David Ringsell, Ilene Sterns & Clare Winnan.

Arts and Crafts workshops for adults
New Oriel Hall
12.30 to 5.00
A programme of free arts and crafts workshops from local artists and makers, most of whom will also be displaying their work in the exhibition. Workshops at various times, some repeated, some not.

  • 12.30 to 2.30 only – Costume making with Cathy Kelly
    200 years on from the publication of pride and Prejudice, fashion yourself as Elizabeth Bennet or Mr Darcy, learning some of the styling and pattern cutting techniques of 18th century dress.
  • 12.30 to 2.30pm only – Printmaking with Felicity Bowers
    A low-tech approach to printmaking, using recycled materials. Felicity has used this technique to illustrate her recent book, The Stoat Rebellion, and will be exhibiting her original illustrations for the book at the Oriel Hall.
  • 12.30 to 2.30 & again 3.00 to 5.00 – Decoupage and Pottery Painting Demonstration with Rosie Gouriet from crockadoodledo
    Decoupage is a simple technique that allows you to turn jars, pots and other household items into beautiful home décor. Rosie will be demonstrating this fun and creative way to upcycle, and she will also be demonstrating how to do custom painting on pottery.
  • 12.30 to 2.30 & again 3.00 to 5.00 – Make your own book with Bookbinder Paula Tew
    Learn how to make your own hardback concertina sketch/art book or journal – experiment with ways of customising it to make it uniquely yours.
  • 12.30 to 2.30 & again 3.00 to 5.00 – Still Life Drawing with Rachel Crellin
    A relaxed and informal workshop focused on techniques of still life drawing and painting. Suitable for all skill levels.
  • 3pm to 5pm only – Felt Flower Brooches with Funky Art House
    Produce your own one-of-a-kind design. Learn the techniques of this versatile skill to produce your own upcycled textile brooch.
  • 3pm to 5pm only – Using Perspective in Landscapes and Buildings with David Ringsell
    Employing perspective is one of the least understood skills in drawing and painting. But without it nothing looks real. How do we create depth and suggest distance? This workshop explores these areas with examples, demonstrations and hands on activities.
  • 3pm to 5pm only – Jewellery making with Caroline Gourlay
    Beaded jewellery for teens and adults – an opportunity to make something lovely for yourself or a present.

Larkhall Open Studios
Around Larkhall
Various times
A whole range of art forms (painting, printmaking, automata, ceramics, textiles and photography) will be on show as the following artists open their homes and studios to the public.
Bath Artists Printmakers, Ione Parkin, Simon Hodges, Teresa Foster, Vicky Sander, Shane Feeney, Deborah Keiller, Rick Sanderson, Celia Mower, Peter Hayes, Enid Underwood, Rosie Venables, Alison Powis and Jax Hill.
For days/times and further details see the festival programme or go to http://www.larkhallopenstudios.com/index.html

‘Have A Go’ Creative Writing Workshop (for adults)
New Oriel Hall
1.00 to 2.30
A free workshop for beginners run by Alex Wilson and Jude Higgins from Writing Events Bath. There will be lots of short exercises using prompts to encourage you to have a go at creative writing. Please bring pen and paper.
There is a maximum of 12 people so to guarantee a place send your name, address and telephone number to festival@larkhall-festival.org.uk with ‘Writing workshop (adults)’ in the subject line or call Nick on 07971 104604.
For more information on Writing Events Bath go to http://www.writingeventsbath.co.uk

‘Have a Go’ Creative writing workshop (for children and teenagers)
New Oriel Hall
1.00 to 2.30
A free workshop run by local author Marie-Louise Jensen (whose latest novel Smuggler’s Kiss has recently been published) to help you learn techniques such as grabbing your reader, good beginnings and how to make a strong start writing a story.
Minimum age 10 and children under 12 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
Signed copies of Marie-Louise’s books will be available to buy.
To guarantee a place send your name, address and telephone number to festival@larkhall-festival.org.uk with ‘Writing workshop (children)’ in the subject line or call Nick on 07971 104604.
For more information on Marie-Louise go to http://marie-louisejensen.co.uk/wordpress

Come and Sing
St Saviour’s Church
2.00 to 3.00
An informal session of fun and harmony! Come along and explore songs from around the globe. No need to read music, just join in!

Storytelling (4 to 6 year olds)
New Oriel Hall Community Library
2.00 to 2.30

Storytelling (7 to 11 year olds)
New Oriel Hall Community Library
2.30 to 3.00

Star Wars, Dr Who and Aliens Fancy Dress Parade
Alice Park
4.00
Prizes for the best dressed travellers through space and time.

The Beckford Singers
St Saviour’s Church
7.00 to 7.45
The group presents a varied programme of a capella songs from medieval to modern and serious to silly.

Mike Mower & Jazz-Dadz-n-Boyz
Rondo Theatre
8.00
Renowned flautist and composer Mike Mower straddles the divide between classical music and jazz. This is an evening of two halves: Mike will perform Bach flute sonatas and an eclectic array of his virtuoso showpieces for flute, accompanied by Chris Pocock on piano. Then… Jazz-Dadz-n-Boyz! Mike is joined by his teenage son Matt on double bass, talented teenager George Rebello on drums, and his dad Jason Rebello on piano! Jason is a household name in the world of jazz, his stunning artistry on keyboards fills concert halls the world over.
Please note: we have an audience limit of 110 – first come first served. Get there early to avoid dissapointment.

Larkhall Xtra Factory final with Velvet Jones and the Velvet Tones
New Oriel Hall
8.00
Back by popular demand comes another chance for the singing stars of Larkhall (and surrounding areas) to show us what they can do. Who will take this year’s Xtra Factory crown? Will the judges be cruel or kind? And will you agree with them? Velvet Jones & the Velvet Tones will bring the evening to a close

SUNDAY 5th MAY 2013

Village Green
Larkhall Car Park (in front of New Oriel Hall)
12.00 to 5.00
An afternoon of activities and entertainment including:
1pm – Circus time with Clown Bert
2pm – Tae Kwondo demonstration from the Garraway Club
3.30pm – Lady Margaret’s Dog Show Lady Margaret, doyenne of Widcombe’s cultural scene and sponsor of the Natural Theatre Company, makes a rare trip across the river to present her Grand Dog Show, an open competition for pedigrees and mutts of all shapes and sizes. Many classes, from Waggiest Tail to Dog Most Like its Owner. Simply bring your dog along on the day. There are no rules apart from the dog must be alive.
Also Coconut Shy, Giant Jenga, Skittles, Stocks, Quoits, Graffiti Wall, Duck Pond games and Ice Cream Bike.

Jammin’ in the Inn
Larkhall Inn Garden
12.00 to 7.30
Bubba Luv’s Dub Shack mixes with live bands plus open stage slots for anyone who fancies a jam.
– 1.00 Candy Man
– 1.45 Thompson’s Love Child
– 3.00 In The Bag
– 3.30 Benji & Hibbz
– 4.15 Ulysees
– 5.30 Panama Band

Craft Market
New Oriel hall
12.00 to 5.00
Hand-made work by local people including jewellery, cards and much, much more…

Art Exhibition
New Oriel Hall
12.00 to 5.00
Curated by Ilene Sterns the exhibition will feature work by: Nigel Adams, Dave Barrett, Felicity Bowers, Paul Brokensha, Patricia Clothier, Judith Cole, Georgia Cox, Rachel Crellin, Paul Eyles, Caroline Gourlay, Cathy Kelly, Richard Olver, David Ringsell, Ilene Sterns & Clare Winnan.

Larkhall Open Studios
Around Larkhall
Various times
A whole range of art forms (painting, printmaking, automata, ceramics, textiles and photography) will be on show as the following artists open their homes and studios to the public.
Bath Artists Printmakers, Ione Parkin, Simon Hodges, Teresa Foster, Vicky Sander, Shane Feeney, Deborah Keiller, Rick Sanderson, Celia Mower, Peter Hayes, Enid Underwood, Rosie Venables, Alison Powis and Jax Hill.
For days/times and further details see the festival programme or go to http://www.larkhallopenstudios.com/index.html

Picnic In the Park
Alice Park
All afternoon
DJ’s and acoustic musicians provide chilled-out entertainment for a relaxing afternoon in the park. Just bring your hamper (or carrier bag) and enjoy!

The Big Read
St Saviour’s Church
2.00 to 4.00
Amazing historical events told in modern English. (Contact Pam 01225 311637 if you wish to have a turn at reading)

Nation’s Top Ten Hymns
St Saviour’s Church
5.00
Sing along to favourite hymns played expertly by a talented local musician on the ancient church organ. Followed by tea and cakes.

Strictly Come Gurning
Larkhall Inn (note change of venue)
5.00 to 8.00
5pm – under-16s competion
6pm-8pm – men & women’s competition
The gurn returns! Could you be the ugliest mug in Larkhall? Full support provided to transform even the most beautiful. Come and pull your worst (best?) face.

Ceilidh with Out of the Brew
New Oriel Hall
7.30
Swing your partner, do-si-do, strip the willow and dance the night away. An evening of fun for all the family with Out of the Brew providing the music and explaining the moves.
With ‘the famous Forbes Robertson’ as the caller www.forbesrobertson.co.uk

MONDAY 6th MAY 2013

One World Café
St Saviour’s Church
10.00 to 12.00
A chance for people of different nationalities to share something of their country and customs, and bring traditional food for people to try. Everyone welcome. (Contact Pam 01225 311637 if you are from abroad or have foreign connections and wish to share about your country and culture)

Knitting and crochet display & workshop
St Saviour’s Church
10.00 to 12.00
Learn to knit or crochet, discover new patterns or extend your skills in the peaceful atmosphere of this ancient building.(Contact Pam 01225 311637 if you have knitting you wish to display, or skills to show)

Football – St Saviour’s Dads vs Larkhall Athletic Youth Managers
Larkhall Athletic (Plain Ham)
10.30
The managers of the various Larkhall Athletic Youth teams take on the Dads of St Saviour’s Infant and Junior Schools, in a dazzling ninety-minute display of football!
Entrance £2 per family, to include souvenir programme. The clubhouse will be open for drinks and snacks throughout the morning.

Larkhall Garden Trail
Around Larkhall
10.30 to 5.00
Explore some secret corners and open spaces of Larkhall.
Participating gardens: Alice Park Community Garden, Lambridge House, The Ferns & Garden Cottage (Deadmill Lane), Larkhall Allotments, 1 Grosvenor Terrace and 10 Larkhall Place.
See festival programme for details and map.
The Alice Park Community Garden will have a cake stall and children’s activities. You will also be able to see their new building under construction which, when completed, will offer more opportunities for children who don’t have a garden or who want to learn about growing things.

Festival Boules
Alice Park
10.00 registration. Play starts 11.30.
Fun, friendly competition for the Rose & Crown Trophy. Teams of 3-5 can enter. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants are encouraged to dress with a French theme. Prize for the best dressed! Organised by Bath League de Petanque.
Entry fee £1 adults, 50p under 16s.

Larkhall Open Studios
Around Larkhall
Various times
A whole range of art forms (painting, printmaking, automata, ceramics, textiles and photography) will be on show as the following artists open their homes and studios to the public.
Bath Artists Printmakers, Ione Parkin, Simon Hodges, Teresa Foster, Vicky Sander, Shane Feeney, Deborah Keiller, Rick Sanderson, Celia Mower, Peter Hayes, Enid Underwood, Rosie Venables, Alison Powis and Jax Hill.
For days/times and further details see the festival programme or go to http://www.larkhallopenstudios.com/index.html

Party in the Park
Alice Park
12.00 to 8.00
The festival moves out-doors for a big afternoon of entertainment with live bands, a cool Caribbean tent and general chilling out. Let’s hope the sun shines!
– 12.00 Samba Sulis
– 12.45 Dudlow Joe
– 1.45 Benji & Hibbz
– 2.30 Somewhere Over England
– 3.30 Savvy
– 4.30 Steve Robinson
– 5.30 The Shrinks
– 6.30 Mista Pete & DJ Kim