The pandemic has brought many changes to aspects of local lives, particularly health, community activity and provision of essential funds to maintain centres of the community and churches. Organisations and individuals are now seizing the opportunity to address these and other issues including the fund raising Ribble Valley Music Festival.
Festival founder and organiser Clive Greenwood explains, “During the 18 months of the Pandemic the Village Halls and Community Centres, Charities and Churches have been starved of essential income that they rely upon to survive. These are all essential to the fabric of the community. Lockdowns have also exasperated the isolation, loneliness and mobility issues that particularly prevail in a rural area of scattered villages such as in the Ribble Valley, and this has a bearing on mental health issues when there is not the opportunity of coming together socially. We are delighted that we can now address all these issues by continuing with the music festival and bring people together to provide that much missed warm and interactive vibe of meeting up with friends and enjoying the emotion which is generated from a quality live music performance.”
In spring the Charities Commission reported that the number of charities with negative or no financial reserves had increased from 9% to 28% over 12 months, and the Charities Aid Foundation report that 58% expect to see a continued loss of income after easing of lockdown.
Clive commented, “The Ribble Valley Music Festival has raised a substantial amount of money for churches over the past 10 years. We are proud of what the Festival has become and how people have embraced its unique fund raising purpose with maximum attendance at concerts. This has encouraged us to expand to include charities and community centres in the programme which is currently being organised at venues throughout the Ribble Valley over the next 12 months. An opening concert on 7th October will be a party to provide the uplift that we all need after the pandemic with Western Valley Swing led by Gaynor Sutcliffe at West Bradford Village Hall and will raise money for Marie Curie Charity which provides essential nursing care and support. The pay bar proceeds and hire fees will help support the Village Hall. This is followed on 13th November with Wingates Band performing the Last Night of the Ribble Valley Proms at the Old School Rooms Clitheroe with a special tribute to heroes of the pandemic and a salute to local veterans on the eve of Remembrance Sunday with veterans of the Ribble Valley telling their stories and all rounded off with flag waving prom favourites. It will be a patriotic evening celebrating the great British spirit when faced with adversity, and full of pride, passion and emotion. Proceeds go to Royal British Legion and Clitheroe Catholic Church.”
Tickets for each concert are £10 available by calling 01254 384893 or email email@example.com.