Thursday, 11 August 2022

Villages’ festival put back to 2016

THE second Goring and Streatley Festival will take place from June 10 to 19 next year.

THE second Goring and Streatley Festival will take place from June 10 to 19 next year.

Following last year’s inaugural event, which raised £1,100 for the Starlight Foundation children’s charity, organisers are discussing which artists they want to book for the follow-up.

They have decided to postpone it for a year to ensure the performers they would like are available.

Festival committee member Barbara Newman said: “We want to ensure a good balance of local talent and high-profile performers in order to attract people into the area.

“Given the limited time we had to organise it last year, some of the names we wanted were already booked by the time we approached them.”

Volunteers will be needed to help sell tickets, raise funds and serve drinks at the various venues taking part.

“Once we have confirmed some key acts we will be looking for more helpers so there will definitely be a chance for local people to get involved,” said Ms Newman.

“It is still very early days but it’s all starting to get off the ground.”

Last year’s festival was organised by Ron Bridle, of Cleeve Road, Goring, and artistic director Patricia Williams, from Streatley.

The programme comprised 44 concerts, workshops, lectures and exhibitions over 10 days at more than a dozen venues.

Photographer Bernard Novell is producing a 54-page commemorative hardback book featuring images he and other residents took.

A preview version is on display at Swift Ink in High Street and anyone who wants to order a copy can register their interest there.

It will be printed in March and a price will be announced then.

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