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The newly formed crowhurst community arts fund supported two collaborations in 2001 and started our tradition of standing in the cold for carols.
Dracula Spectacula – 8 & 9 June 2001
The first was to work with the Drama Group to produce a Youth Club theatre production. This involved about twenty young people in weeks and weeks of work, under the professional direction of Liz Vernon, and The Dracula Spectacula was performed at the Village Hall on 8 & 9 June.
“Well… what can be said? It was SPECTACULAR! All the young people came up trumps. To name any individual would be an injustice to the others. The whole troupe, from non-speaking to major speaking part, were brilliant. An incredible production given that, at the start, several players claimed they would help… but not tread the board… but they all did!”
– Steve & Mary (letter printed in July 2001 Crowhurst News)
Carnival Workshops – 8 & 9 August 2001
The second project was to work with the Fayre Committee to reinvigorate the Fayre’s Fancy Dress Parade.
Linda King, a professional designer from the Radiator Community Arts Group in Hastings, was recruited to lead a series of workshops in the Youth Club hut. Linda was a leading member of the Same Sky team who ran the creative workshops for the Millennium celebrations.
Four sessions were held on the afternoons and evenings of the Wednesday and Thursday prior to the Fayre. The theme was Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales, and more than 100 people came along to work on their costumes, ranging from toddlers to senior citizens. It was particularly encouraging to see families working together on their entries. It turned out that the two days didn’t provide enough time to complete some of the work, so we opened the hut on the Friday too.
On Fayre day, we were delighted to see all the entrants turning up – Aladdins, Snow Whites, Little Pigs and Blind Mice began to converge from all directions. Obviously alongside the workshops, a great deal of work had been going on elsewhere. In total there were twenty entries (ie. about ten times the normal) involving some fifty people, which meant that we really did have a colourful, impressive parade into the arena.
Community Carols – 19 December 2001
A cold and crispy evening provided the right atmosphere for the Community Carols held in the Plough car park.
Over fifty villagers, including many families, turned out for an enjoyable hour of singing together the old favourite carols and one or two not so well known, all illuminated by a wonderful display of outdoor candles donated by Steve Barnes.
Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and remained chatting long after the finish, so we will probably repeat the event next year.
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