And that’s a wrap – Hungerford Summer Festival concludes for 2019

This year’s Hungerford Summer Festival has come to an end after a truly eclectic range of events packed into its two-week programme.

The Hungerford Summer Festival (formerly HADCAF) concluded on Sunday night with the Hungerford Town Band performing Movie Magic at the Corn Exchange.

The town has enjoyed a wide range of performances over the past two weeks, including singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine, Ada Campe, Vanessa Kisuule, The Red Stripe Band, Opus2 Choir, Guy Masterson, Uncovered, The Derek Paravicini Quartet, Adam Winslet and the Magnificent Seven, Phoenix Brass, the Kennet Accordion Orchestra and the Hungerford Town Band.

Nick Lumley at Hungerford SUmmer Festival launch.jpgConstable of the Town and Manor Nick Lumley introduces the festival

There have been much-acclaimed theatrical performances from the Community of Hungerford Theatre Company plus their Children’s Theatre and Youth Theatres, as well as free events, workshops, walks and the opportunity to view a showcase of local art at the Hungerford Summer Festival exhibition at the Hungerford Hub and Library.

Hungerford Summer Festival chairman Fiona Poole said: “What a busy couple of weeks it’s been! We’ve had a fantastic festival this year which is due to everyone who supports us from all of our sponsors, to performers to our wonderful volunteers, the superb venues around the town and of course the audiences who come out and participate.

“We’d love to hear your feedback on the events of 2019 as we’re already planning next year’s festival!”

www.hungerfordsummerfestival.com

PR for beginners – Hungerford workshop 12th Sep

back to school pr workshop 12th sepI’m so excited to hold a “Back to School” workshop in September for any small business who’d like to know more about how to get started with PR.

It’s being held at the Hungerford Hub and Library and attendees will be able to ask questions on how to make the most of the story-telling opportunities in their business, know which publications to approach and how to speak to a busy journalist.

Just £22 on Thursday, 12th September:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/back-to-school-pr-for-beginners-workshop-tickets-64656754092

Boo! Boo Hewerdine coming to the Hungerford Summer Festival Wed 3 July

Boo Hewerdine – Hungerford Summer Festival on Wednesday 3rd July

Boo Hewerdine.jpgThe Croft Hall Hungerford

Tickets £10

Pre-show supper option £9

Boo Hewerdine’s forthcoming album, set for release in September, does not contain a single guitar.

The Ivor Novello award-winning singer-songwriter has been collecting unusual instruments ranging from a Dulcitone to an Indian harmonium and a Vibraphone, and combined them with an old piano to create a sound that his record company considers to be the best thing he’s done in years.

Hewerdine is widely considered to be one of the best songwriters in the business and has written songs for kd lang, Mel C, Marti Pellow and perhaps most famously – Eddi Reader from Fairground Attraction.

However, Hewerdine’s gig at the Croft Hall, Hungerford, as part of the Hungerford Summer Festival, will see him perform solo with his guitar.

“I was going to struggle to get the harmonium on the train,” he jokes. “So it’s just me and my guitar on my own which is my favourite type of gig. The Hungerford audience can expect lots of chat and stories.

“I’ve got a new album out in September so there will be some songs from that and favourites from the past 30 years, but I can’t tell you what I’ll play as I like to react to the space and the people and let that influence what songs I play. Sometimes you look down at the set list and think that the next song isn’t quite right for the atmosphere so it’s good to respond to the room. While it can add a little bit of extra pressure, it feels really good when you pull it off.”

When Hewerdine arrives in Hungerford, it will be part of his fifth consecutive tour of 2019. His busy schedule has seen him in this week alone in Cornwall, Scotland, Yorkshire and London, combining a tour with Darden Smith with teaching the art of song-writing through his unique workshops.

The pair’s album Evidence was released 30 years ago and they’ve marked the occasion with an anniversary tour.

He said: “We didn’t know if anyone would remember this old album from 30 years ago, but we put on a couple of gigs and they kept selling out. It’s been mindblowing.”

Boo Hewerdine plays Hungerford Summer Festival on Wednesday, 3rd July at 8pm.

www.hungerfordsummerfestival.com

 

Mr Shaha’s recipes of wonder: adventures in science around the kitchen table

We all know that we should read to our young children to help them with their literacy. But what about science? How can you help your child to gain an understanding of the world around them?

mrshaha

We went to a terrific talk thanks to Newbury Talks at the weekend – one of their regular free talks on interesting topics – by Alom Shaha who has written this Mr Shaha’s Recipes of Wonder to help parents get their children asking the right questions.

He is a physics teacher with a background in TV production, which was evident from his entertaining demonstrations. Small son and I have emulated his demo and worked out way through even more teabags than usual!

What was great about this talk (and this book), is that science isn’t all about white coats, beakers and chemical formulae.  And that is is OK not to know the answers; but to prompt your child to work out how they could do an experiment or know how to find the answer to their questions.

His great advice includes encouraging children to take an interest in the world and see things around you. Be positive, don’t say how much you hated science at school. Ask questions – what would happen if you changed things? What might happen if I make this shorter/add liquid/move it? 

Play around with the parameters and take activities and make them into science experiments.  If you’re doing something, related to something else, reinforce those ideas. 

Right, off to grab some wine glasses as a science experiment 😀