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Lechlade Festival Announces Full Line-Up With Bands From Lechlade to LA


Lechlade Music Festival organisers have announced the full line line-up for the 3-day May event.  Taking place at Riverside Park in Lechlade over the bank holiday weekend from 26th to 28th May, the festival boasts over 100 bands, performers and DJs across four stages.


The diversity of bands confirmed highlights the wide range of music on offer for all ages.  


Emerging acts such as Sisteray, J.J. Leone and Dirty Thrills join headliners The Hoosiers, Dr. Feelgood and The Lambrettas.  Organisers have also announced international performers on board, with bands from Los Angeles, Croatia and Berlin and DJs from Venice and Australia.


“Such is the reach of the festival now,” says Festival Director Jennie Rainsford, “We received almost 1000 applications to perform this year, several from outside the UK.  Festivals are highly valued as a great way to reach new audiences.  It enables us to select an increasingly high-quality line-up of fabulous music.  One early aim of setting up the festival was to promote Lechlade as a fabulous place to visit.  We’re delighted the message is reaching overseas!”


Amongst the line-up are several bands from closer to home. Swindon based Felix & The Funk return, as do young singer-songwriters Genevieve Miles and Jade Henderson from Burford.  Lechlade band The Casual Ties will perform to a home crowd and popular Witney band The Standard join the line-up after rave reviews at last year’s event.  Heavy metal band Drogo and The Plucking Different Ukulele Band from Cirencester are also performing.


Local choirs The Cotswold Voices and North Wilts Rock Choir will open the main stage on Saturday and Sunday, with Lechlade’s St. Lawrence School Choir opening the event on the Friday afternoon.


Friday night tribute acts Modraphenia, ABBA Arrival and Not the Rolling Stones will get the party started with an ABBA fancy dress competition and That 80s Rock Show close the festival on Sunday night.  The popular Missy Malone & Friends Burlesque Revue returns on Saturday night.


A new Dance Music Zone will feature over 20 top DJs and the workshop tent will feature young performers from local schools during the evenings after a packed programme of free family workshops during the daytime.


Tickets are selling fast, with live in vehicle pitches nearly sold out.  Find out more on the website at www.lechaldefestival.co.ukKeep up to date on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LechladeFestival and on Twitter @LechladeFest 



Grand opening of Fenton’s

Fentons opening LR

The official opening of South Cerney’s new Community Hall, on Saturday 18th March, was attended by hundreds of people

There was a palpable excitement in the air as you approached the new building that afternoon. Masses of people gathered outside eager for a glimpse of what the new hall had to offer; the café area was bustling and the sport’s hall was alive with dance and music.

The Community Hall is dedicated to the life of Raymond Fenton, a South Cerney man who touched the hearts and lives of many and epitomised the village’s community spirit. Philip Nicholas, Chair of the Fenton’s Committee, delivered a celebratory speech and invited some of Raymond Fenton’s grandchildren, Dan (13), Eva (7), Millie (4) Florence (3) and Austyn (1), to cut the ribbon. The crowd gave three loud cheers as the hall was officially announced as open!

Katharine Isles, Raymond’s daughter, said: ‘The whole Fenton family have been very touched that this fantastic building has been named after Raymond. We are so lucky to have this amazing facility for the village. I am enjoying coming to some of the classes and the cafe is just what we needed. It is already well used and I’m sure it will continue to be very popular. We were really pleased that so many people came to the opening event; it really was a great community occasion.’

The crowds were entertained throughout the day, starting with an energetic Zumba session led by Fitness with Pippa, followed by an excellent show by Cirencester Creative Dance Academy who showcased their singing, ballet, contemporary dance and cheerleading talents.

Meanwhile, in the café area, village group Singing for Fun and Ann Edwards school choir and bell ringing group treated visitors to a wonderful array of musical delights.

Rhian Gardiner, Manager of Fenton’s, said: ‘There was such an amazing turnout. We were really pleased with the show of support from the community and everyone was really positive about the centre.’

The café ‘Coffee at Fenton’s’ is open 9am-4pm, Monday-Saturday, and 10am-3pm on Sundays. Recently they have added soft seating and a children’s play area indoors, as well as tables and chairs outside overlooking the pond. Over the past few weeks, a team of 30 dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly to complete the planting and landscaping around the hall and this week work began on the playground adjacent to the building.

Thank you to Katherine Isles who organised the day and to everyone who has worked behind the scenes to make this such a wonderful space for our community.

Victoria Elliott


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