Sunday, 13 June 2021

Wargrave Festival better than ever

THIS year’s Wargrave village festival is proving to be better than ever, says the chairman.

THIS year’s Wargrave village festival is proving to be better than ever, says the chairman.

The three-week festival, which takes place every two years, began on Wednesday last week with Shakespeare on the Green at which members of Wargrave Theatre Workshop performed

on Mill Green in front of 250 people.

The production then ran for another three nights.

A children’s production of the

Wizard of Oz
by the junior theatre workshop was sold out on three days last week.

More than 150 people attended an evening with author Joanna Trollope at the Woodclyffe Hall in High Street on Tuesday.

An antiques night with TV auctioneer Thomas Plant at the hall on Wednesday was also popular.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Mad Hatters” and people attending are encouraged to wear quirky headgear to the 45 events.

The festival will come to a climax on Sunday, June 28 with a party on Mill Green.

Chairman Graham Howe said all the events so far had sold well.

“Almost all have been fully subscribed, including the historic walks around Wargrave. We had 500 people at Brass on the Grass on Sunday. Because of the covered seating none of the performances has been called off, which happened in previous years.

“The lovely thing about events like Shakespeare on the Green is that people invited guests from outside Wargrave to come and watch. You don’t often see Shakespeare performed outside and the quality of the show was very good.

“I even made a cameo as a soldier, which is the first time a festival chairman has done that for many years.”

Tomorrow night (Saturday), a Strictly Come Dancing competition will be held in the marquee in Mill Green. The dancers will be judged by magician Paul Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee, who live in Wargrave, and village dance teacher Madelaine Kelly.

Mr Howe said there were plenty of tickets left for events still to come.

He said: “I’d encourage people to go to the community events like the Taste of Wargrave day on Saturday or the fun day at the recreation ground on Sunday. The weather looks like it’s going to be kind to us so it looks like the festival will be bigger and better than ever.”

The festival was founded in 1975 by Wargrave vicar Rev Canon John Ratings, who died in November.

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