Stamford Town Council given £10,000 Big Lottery Fund grant for Georgian Festival
Stamford Town Council has been awarded a Lottery grant of nearly £10,000 to provide free workshops as part of the upcoming Georgian Festival.
The Big Lottery Fund Awards for All has granted £9,991 for the workshops, which will be delivered by festival organisers South Kesteven District Council.
All Stamford’s primary schools will be involved, as will the Welland Academy, members of Teenzone youth club, children’s centres, the International Toddlers Group and the council’s sheltered housing schemes.
Organisers want to ensure that everyone in the community is involved in Saturday’s Stamford Bull Run procession and evening spectacle with flags, costumes and banners with bull images from around the world.
Workshops in both schools and community groups will make clothing, a banner denoting their school or group with their chosen theme and a flag depicting which country’s bull imagery they are displaying.
In addition, three free family workshops will be run on August 20 at Stamford Arts Centre with an invitation to make something for the parade, like a Georgian bonnet.
It is hoped more than 200 people will take part in both the parade and The Meadows evening finale of samba bands, theatrical performance and stunning pyrotechnics.
The grant will also go towards a new map for Stamford to help disability access, and a new ‘Horrible Histories’ health walk.
In addition, world class performers like the cast of Horrible Histories will be taking their popular Barmy Britain show into schools in the run-up to the festival.
International carnival company Shademakers, responsible for Saturday’s activities, is also visiting schools to share expertise. And street performer John White, seen at the last festival as King George, will be visiting two schools under another guise!
Stamford Town Council clerk Patricia Stuart Mogg said: “As a council we are delighted to secure this grant to help make the festival extra special for sections of the community which otherwise might not feel involved.”
District council portfolio holder for arts, leisure and culture Linda Wootten added: “It’s really important to us that our festival has something for everyone right across the community. We were really proud of what was achieved with the first festival in 2013, but this time around we are determined to involve everyone and it’s great to see our partnership with the town council proving so productive.”