Generous grants create more free events at Hertfordshire village’s music festival

PUBLISHED: 18:15 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:30 18 June 2018

Free Village Green stage at Kimpton Folk Festival. Picture: Wendy Hyams

Free Village Green stage at Kimpton Folk Festival. Picture: Wendy Hyams

Wendy Hyams

Generous grants have enabled organisers of a popular Hertfordshire village music festival to offer even more free events this year.

Free elderly citizens’ coffee morning. Picture: Wendy HyamsFree elderly citizens’ coffee morning. Picture: Wendy Hyams

Kimpton Folk Festival will take over the Hertfordshire village on Saturday, July 7.

Grants of £2,500 from London Luton Airport Ltd’s Near Neighbours Fund via BLCF and £1,000 from Kimpton Parish Council, along with at least £1,000 from Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ scheme, have allowed the organising committee to create free entry to all of this year’s workshops.

Beginners’ workshops in ukelele, harmony singing, spoons, poetry and Indian dance, which were to cost £5, are now free to all.

With limited numbers for all these events, admission will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Kimpton Folk Events trustee John Rowlands is co-ordinating all of this year’s festival workshops.

He said: “We are so thrilled that these organisations have supported us in this manner.

“We already offer free parking and free 20-page festival programmes.

“This generous funding is a very practical way of helping our charity to make music more accessible to all in our community.”

Throughout 2018, Kimpton Folk Events has continued to develop its ‘Outreach’ programme, funding a two-day folk music education programme in Kimpton Primary School.

As a result of this initiative, pupils from the school will be opening this year’s festival with a special presentation of traditional dances and songs.

The Outreach programme has also seen the charity stage a highly successful music morning for some of the older and possibly lonelier members of its community.

This event was held at Kimpton’s Dacre Rooms in April and staged in conjunction with Herts Musical Memories.

A spokesperson for the organisation Nannies 4 Grannies said: “We had a thoroughly enjoyable morning of both listening to music and songs, and music making with our very own egg shaker ‘instruments’.

“A big thank you to all who joined us and also to those involved in the baking of the delicious variety of cakes on offer during the morning.”

Explaining further plans for the Outreach programme, chairman Doug Jenner said: “Our Outreach co-ordinator June Rowlands is having conversations with other primary and secondary schools in the area about growing a love and appreciation of folk music.

“This is such an exciting development.

“It is also gratifying to witness the popularity of Kimpton Folk Festival.

“This year, to accommodate growing interest, we are staging two concurrent evening concerts, and there will be 3 ‘busk stops’, continuous pub sessions and open mics and a special presentation and workshop on Indian dance traditions by Sujatha Chenilath of Nritham Dance Academy.”

• To browse events or book tickets for this year’s Kimpton Folk Festival on, July 7, visit www.kimptonfolk.uk

• To find out more about the Kimpton Folk Events Outreach programme, contact June Rowlands via email at hello@kimptonfolk.uk

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