Dear Friends of Larkhall Festival,
In the last few days it has become clear that it will not be possible for the Larkhall Festival to go ahead in May and we are therefore declaring it officially ‘rested’ for 2020. We are making this decision now to minimise the financial loss to the festival and thus providing us with a solid grounding for 2021. This is obviously a huge disappointment to all concerned but we are sure you appreciate that the restrictions and risks caused by the coronavirus pandemic are out of our control.
The committee would like to thank those volunteers and event organisers who have already spent a great deal of time and effort preparing this year’s festival. Your efforts are not in vain as they give us a head start in organising next year’s event. Put Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May 2021 in your diaries NOW and look out later in the year for the festival AGM and ways to get involved.
With community very much still at the forefront of our minds though, can we suggest that if you were planning to volunteer or get involved with the festival in any way that you consider, where able, to direct your efforts towards the local volunteer drive helping with the effects of Covid-19 (link below). The group (3SG) are recruiting volunteers to help support members of the community who are being impacted by self-isolation and in other ways during this difficult time:
3GS – Volunteer Form
All the best to you, your friends and your families
The Larkhall Festival Committee
That’s right – all quiz tickets have now been sold.
Thank you so much to everyone who rushed to ensure they would be taking part in this year’s Fish ‘n Chip quiz fundraiser and we look forward to seeing you all in a week – may the best egghead win!
Join us for our annual sell out Larkhall Festival fundraiser – the Fish & Chip Quiz – on Saturday 8 February.
Tickets are on sale from Leak and they’re selling like hot cakes, or should I say hot fish(!), and with only 100 places to be had you’d better be quick.
As every year there is a maximum table size of 6 and, as this is a fundraiser, we request no BYO – thanks for your support.
A massive thank you to all of our supporters who nominated Larkhall Festival as your community cause when shopping at Co-op. Thanks to you we presented with a very handsome cheque for £3,339.29.
You’re all amazing!
Monday 6th May
Gardens open 10.30am to 5pm unless otherwise stated
Peer behinds the hedges and fences of Larkhall and discover wonderworlds of greenery, colour and invention on a trail which will refresh and enchant you and give you ideas for your own garden.
Larkhall Gardens Trail
(Click on the green dots with white flowers)
Gardenalia, 4 Mile End, London Road BA1 6PT (9am-5.30pm)
Alice Park Community Garden BA1 7BL
Lambridge House, London Road BH1 7HY
5 Swainswick Gardens BA1 6TL
The Ferns and Garden Cottage, Deadmill Lane BA1 8DE TEAS SERVED
Larkhall Allotments, Plain Ham, BA1 8DJ
Hillview Studio, 12 Hillview Road. BA1 6NX. Access by steps only.
3 Elm Croft, St Saviour’s Road BA1 6SE TEAS SERVED
NEW: 25 Bay Tree Road BA1 6NB
Larkhall Scouts and Leaders were this year’s judges for the Window Dressing Competition and announced the results as follows:
Winner – Not Just Pets
2nd – Mercy in Action
Joint 3rd – Naughty But Nice, Langbridge Hardware
Many congratulations to our winners and everyone who took part!
…to all of you who helped and supported the festival this year! We were blessed with good weather which helped make everything go so well including bringing in record takings from the Garden Trail which will go towards making the festival even better!
1st Sue Wheeler Raspberry Jam
2nd Eileen Cooke – Orange Marmalade
3rd Eileen Cooke – Grapefruit Marmalade
1st Katie Ashton
2nd Kim Acton
3rd Natalie Quirk
Pies and Pasties
1st Adult Robin Whitely – Lemon Meringue Pie
2nd Adult Lou Kelly – Potato and Onion Pie
1st Junior Nell McKinney (aged 11) – Raspberry Turnover
2nd Junior Rosie Kelly (aged 13) – Apple Pie
1st Adult Michael Beaver – King Bladud + Pigs
2nd Adult Lesley Bees – King Bladud’s Crown
3rd Adult – Joint Richard Patrick – Hazelnut Meringue and Rosie Graham – Orange Polenta Cake
1st Junior Lucy & Matilda Thomas (aged 7) – Layered Surprise Cake
2nd Junior Nell Corse (aged 8) – Soft Sugar Cookie Meadow
3rd Junior Jesse & Morgan (aged 5 & 7) – Large Cookie
The festival couldn’t take place without the invaluable help of the volunteers that help make it run. All that is asked for is an hour or so to help out with one of the tasks below. Please reply to me Phil Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help out over the weekend of Friday 4th May to Monday 7th May:
Setup ( Setting out chairs, moving tables)
Friday 4th May: 3pm to 6pm:
Saturday 5th May: 10am to 12 noon
Saturday 5th May: 5pm to 6pm
Sunday 6th May: 10am to 12 noon Including setting up gazebos in the car-park etc.
Sunday 5pm: Tidy up car-park and square after the party
Monday 10 – 12 noon: Tidy up New Oriel Hall
Bar at New Oriel Hall
Friday 4th May: 7pm to 9pm and 9pm to late
Saturday 5th May: 7pm to 9pm and 9pm to late
Sunday 6th May: 12pm to 5pm
New Oriel Hall door acting as Festival guides
Saturday: 12pm to 5pm: 1 hour slots
Sunday: 12pm to 5pm: 1 hour slots
For the first time ever in Larkhall Festival history Larkhall Square and the road down to Bladud’s Head will be closed on Sunday afternoon. We need stewards to manage the road closure and keep the road clear so people don’t get run over by the soap-box derby! You should still be able to see some of the action and the slots will be kept as short as possible so you can still take in the Festival experience. Can you help?
Provisional slot times are:
12:30pm to 1:30pm (Larkhall Festival Parade)
2pm to 3:15pm (Larkhall Festival soap-box derby)
Larkhall Festival Committee
The ever-popular Fish and Chip Quiz Saturday 3rd February – New Oriel Hall – doors open at 7:30pm. £12 per ticket includes a fish and chip supper.
This year will be the 10th year of the Larkhall Festival, so we are planning a special year, which will need extra funds. Your support, as always, will be much appreciated. This is always a sell-out event, so book your ticket early. As usual teams of 6 and the junk/craft challenge adding a bit of light-hearted fun, or fierce competition, depending on your outlook !
Buy your ticket from Leek, Larkhall
online here at Eventbrite
If you book online and require a vegetarian alternative please email email@example.com to order the vegetarian option.
So you think you’re funny?
Then why not shake off the winter blues by joining a free comedy sketch writers group? Led by hilarious stand-up Pat Welsh you could have Larkhallians rolling in the aisles!
- Learn concepts, structures, principles and vocabulary that demystify comedic writing.
- Develop and practice your own comedy sketch writing skills in a safe and supportive environment
- Have your original work rehearsed and performed in the Larkhall Festival or if you’d prefer you can perform yourself
- No previous experience is required
- No fee for participation
Venue – Beaufort Bookshop, St Saviour’s Road, Larkhall
Date – Tuesday evenings, 16th Jan – 20th Feb 2018
Time – 7.45pm – 10pm
For more info or to sign up contact Pat Welsh via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Larkhall Festival – first ever Bhangra Evening.
Join Larkhall Festival’s fund raiser at 8pm on Saturday 7th October, at the New Oriel Hall with the award-winning band RSVP Bhangra
RSVP Bhangra is a unique brand of Bhangra music comprising an infectious mix of classic Punjabi music combined with dance beats. This will be a not-to-be-missed entertainment experience! It’s not just about the music, there’s the dancing and the fun too
Come along, bring your friends, have fun and help the Festival at the same time. Next year will the 10th Anniversary of the Festival so we need to raise funds to make this a year to remember.
Tickets will be £12 each including includes some tasty Indian snacks. On sale in Leak, Larkhall from 1st September. Bound to be a sell-out – festival events always are – so get your tickets early.
They may not be the Andes, but Bath’s hills are alive to the braying of llamas!
Now they will appear at the Village Green on Sunday 30th April at 3pm
Reared by Solsbury Hill sheep farmer Pete Hill, he diversified into llamas for their soft and lovely wool. Seen at the Swainswick Fete on a number of occasions, now Pete will parade them through Larkhall finishing at the New Oriel Hall Car Park. Come and pet these lovely beasts!
The Festival is nearly here – just a few days to go.
Show you love Larkhall by voulntering for one of you fun events.
Help is needed to:
setup and clear away after events
sit at the information desk – training provided!
steward on Sunday 30th April for the Boxcar Derby and events on the Village Green.
All fun and it will help the Festival no end.
Please email Lesley at email@example.com
Our themed fundraising quiz is taking place on Saturday 11th February 2017 at New Oriel Hall. As well as entry into the quiz you get a fish and chip supper plus there will be a cash bar.
To secure your place please make a £12 donation to the festival fund via our new Localgiving page. For tax reasons please do not Gift Aid this particular donation.
When making the donation via Localgiving there will be a ‘message’ box where you should write your full name with the word ‘quiz’ next to it. Write ‘VG’ if you’d like to order the vegetarian option rather than fish.