Arts groups advance in Garstang
Garstang’s artistic and cultural hub, the town’s arts centre, is going from strength to strength. Representatives of many of the organisations which meet at the centre presented positive reports about their activities at the annual meeting of the umbrella organisation, Garstang and District Arts Society, which is based at the old building.
Among the decisions taken at the meeting was the election of Mrs Muriel Burnham-Airey as temporary chairman. Other officials voted in were Pat Manley (treasurer), Anne Marie Whitehead (secretary) and Judy Osborne (publicity officer).
“Good wishes” were expressed to chairman Tessa Ferguson and retiring vice-chairman Mr John Whalley.
Among the reports from representatives those from the Camera Club, Floral Art, Garstang Musical Productions, Garstang Painting Group, Garstang Poetry Appreciation Group, the Recorded Music Society, the Ukulele Group, the Wine Circle and Woolcraft group were especially encouraging about their various efforts, activities and achievements.
Mary Thornber reported that there were more than 400 members during 2017, with another 40 people joining towards the end of the year.
Hilary McGrath gave a report on the Garstang Arts Festival (August 18 to 27, 2018), in which several Arts Centre groups are taking place.
It was also revealed that discussions are under way about a suggested permanent tribute based at the arts centre to the late Professor James Dodding. Those ideas are being firmed up and proposals will be put to the executive meeting of the arts society in June.
* At the start of the meeting a minute’s silence was held to the memory of Mr Dodding, and mention was made during the report on the poetry group’s activities regarding his influence in founding the group and his steadfast membership of it and his encouragement via regular poetry and voice workshops.