KidFest St George's Park FREE Community Arts & Crafts For Children & Families Saturday 13 August 12.00 Noon - 4pm
Look out for details of this year's Kidfest collaboration between Friends of St George's Park and Wyre Forest District Council's Kidderminster Arts Festival - Coming Soon!!! This our third KidFest linked to Let's Eat the Park and other FoSGP projects and as on previous occasions it will involve the very best of children's theatre, arts, crafts and music for all the family and every cultural background. Watch the website & FoSGP social media for more info, but mark the details on your calendars now for the Horsefair's Premier FREE Cultural Community Event 2016 and another prominent symbol of community self-help and resident-led neighbourhood development in our area.
After playing a free gig in the park on St George's Day the next day they played at a gig recorded by the BBC for their Introducing Saturday evening new music slot on Hereford and Worcester radio. It is fitting that the KKs play people's music in the people's park but also at the Boars Head Kidderminster's premier new music venue.
The Friends group have a special relationship with the Karpet Kickers who have played a couple of free community gigs in the park and most particularly through Gehardt the singer and our wildlife officer. The multi talented Gehardt is a well respected local musician and an expert on British wildlife. For the last 7 or 8 years he has been responsible to maintaining and monitoring our fantastically successful bird box project (more on wildlife page tab above).Like the events we put on in the park, the Karpet Kickers represent local talent and creativity in Kidderminster where despite hardships and adversities the spirit of the place comes through. The Karpet Kickers are a celebration of Carpet Town and a trail that leads back to Frank Freeman's Ballroom, favourite 1960s Kidderminster haunt of John Peel and the launch pad for Robert Plant.
In a tradition that includes gigs by Captain Beefheart, Led Zeppelin, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Fleetwood Mac the KKs span the generations to make music that is as new and interesting as its predecessors were. Here's the band doing a cover of The Ballad of John and Yoko to make my point for me.
Linking up community arts and cultures and drawing together the amazing diversity in the area is one of the strengths of resident-led initiatives like FoSGP. It takes dedicated networking and community development skills which can only be won by taking action in the locality and cannot be purchased or conjured up from outside. Part of our community 'offer' to use the in-vogue jargon is the sharing experiences and food in our urban green spaces we are transforming from sterile lawns to edible parks, micro allotments and urban orchards. We see the cultural life of our community as important as the provision of food to share and our free festivals (3 a year) we see as soul food to share with everyone. If its soul food you're after look no further than the Karpet Kickers they are musical therapy a great de-stressor - the people's music and stars of Georgestock free music events in St George's Park
This year's St George's Day event actually falls on the 23rd April which is not only St George's Day but also the date when local Midlander William Shakespeare was born(1564) and died (1616) and also World Book Day all of which are celebrated in the park. We are planning a variety of FREE events in the park so please keep your diaries free on the day between 12noon and 4pm. More details to follow soon watch out for updates on this website and our social media pages!
Look out for the LEAP stall at this year's Green Living Show at Kidderminster Town Hall - come and say hello!
Friends of St George's Park will be meeting at 7pm at the Youth House, Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster (enter by side entrance in Lion Street) on Friday Evening. This is an open meeting to discuss Friends group projects including St George's Day Free Festival, Let's Eat the Park and KidFest16. Light refreshments will be available.
Our annual community carol singing event in collaboration with St George's Church has been organised for 11 December - it will start at 5.30pm at the shelter. The pictures above are from 2014. Carol singing has happened in the park in the run-up to Christmas for several years now and is a firm favourite in the FoSGP Events Calendar.
As in all FoSGP events Carols in the Park is completely FREE as are the refreshments provided (while stocks last). It was a very successful event last year with around 50 people present, we are hoping that 2015 will be bigger and better still - We hope you can be there - All Welcome!
The Friends of St George's Park AGM will be on Friday 13th November 7pm at the Youth House, Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster DY10 1PF
All roles are up for election as shown below:-
Someone who will :
● Act as the main contact and spokesperson for the group.
● Keep meetings fair, unbiased and on time.
● Be able to challenge group members (in a respectful way).
● Has some flexibility to attend extra meetings when needed.
Someone who will :
● Stand in when Chairperson is unavailable.
● Work with other members of the group and individually on various projects.
Someone who will :
● Have the joint responsibility for maintaining a Treasurer’s Trust Account.
● Look after the deposit book and obtain at least two signatures from
appointed members for all withdrawals.
● Keep receipts and a basic record of all income and expenditure of the
● Occasionally be able to visit the bank during normal working hours to make
deposits and withdrawals.
Someone who will :
● Be able to work closely with other members of the group towards the
general running of the group.
● Undertake basic administrative tasks.
● Set meeting dates, record actions of the group and help with group
● Work with others to find funding.
Someone who will :
● Be responsible for keeping members informed with what’s going on.
● Maintain membership records.
● Suggest and possibly organise social events for the group.
● Promote the group to attract more members.
If you would like to put yourself forward, or to nominate another person from the
group for one of the roles then see below. ( You must speak with them and get
their permission first). Deadline for nominations is Tuesday 10 November at midnight.
*Please respond by email to the Secretary at email@example.com
We are preparing for our third year as partner of WFDC's annual Kidderminster Arts Festival (KAF) and host to KidFest the park based KAF event that focuses upon children and families. Like the other community events the Friends group organise KidFest is a FREE festival of arts, crafts and theatre for children where they can experience some magical things in St George's Park including first rate performers from across the country. In previous years we have had children's theatre groups from London and the East Midlands - this year we are very pleased to announce we have Yorkshire based Plunge Boom Theatre Company who "specialise in imaginative and interactive street theatre for Family audiences."
They are performing two shows in the park which we specially chose for their relevance to Let's Eat the Park so the entertainment has an edible quality to match the park. This year's KAF is on the theme of Transformation - in our park that has meant transforming it into a place where free food is growing to be shared with the whole community. On 15 August the park is being transformed again into a place of magic, entertainment and discovery.
The shows are called The Vegetable Nannies and The Allotment.
Here is a little 'taster' of the Vegetable Nannies in action!
Watch out for more information on KidFest attractions posted here of the website and also on FoSGP Twitter, Streetlife and Facebook pages. If you are interested in community arts why not get in touch and become involved in planning and delivering KidFest - new volunteers always welcome. More attractions will be announced during the coming weeks so keep an eye open for what is on offer from KidFest the Horsehair's biggest FREE community event. If you are a performer or artist/musician/craftmaker and are interested in being involved please contact us using the form below, by email or on social media.
It is not normal for us to post stuff about things that have already happened here on the Events page which is of course supposed to tell people what's on not what's gone. However, in the light of last Saturday's St George's Day Festival in the park and free gig by the Karpet Kickers, which as already noted in our posts is a band with a longstanding connection to St George's Park and its Friends Group, here are two songs from the KKs first set in the park at the People's DIY Festival. What is news is that the Karpet Kickers are putting the final touches to their new retro-rock album coming out soon. Keep up with the band at their Facebook site here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karpet-Kickers/153158061513239
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Stand by for news about FoSGP's award winning St George's Family Day in the Park. The closest Saturday in 2015 to St George's Day (23 April) is Saturday 25 April and that is the day that the Horsefair's Premium Free Community Event will be taking place. Already booked is a return visit from Worcester based Puppet Tree hugely popular one-man Mummer Play "Saint George and the Dragon" will again be performed during the day.
Much more to come, watch out for news here but in the meantime make a note in your diary from 12midday until 4pm 25 April 2015 there will be much for families to do and to discover in St George's Park as guests of Friends of St George's Park The People's Park Since 1927 ... Watch this Space for more info coming soon!
UPDATE 16 March 2015 - Karpet Kickers - Kidderminster band confirmed for two sets- more info on times etc coming soon.
Other musical attractions include an acoustic set from Halesowen based singer songwriter (and creator of the LEAP logo) PTR Williams
more on him here https://www.facebook.com/ptrwilliamsmusic
and the very versatile Severn and Teme Valley Scout Band who will be playing something for everyone
Discussions are presently taking place between the Friends group volunteers and providers of various sorts of other attractions and these conversations are still ongoing, more detail closer to the day.
The St George's Family Fun Day Free Festival aims to provide attractions for the whole community to enjoy in a celebration of our parks and urban green spaces on (or near) England's Patron Saint's Day.
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