The 2010 Kirkstall Festival will take place on Saturday 10th July in the
picturesque grounds of the 12th Century Kirkstall Abbey.
Once again I
would like to welcome you to our annual community festival. It’s hard
to believe this is our 30th annual festival. Over the years we have all
seen many changes in our lives and this also applies to the Festival.
is my 10th year as Chair of the Community Association and Festival
Committee and over this period I have seen the Festival become a
significant part of the Kirkstall summer calendar. From its beginning in
1980 the Festival was always popular and each year that passed the size
and content of the festival increased. We can thank the original
Festival Committee for this, they outlined a basic formulae that we
still follow today. Kirkstall Festival is our community festival and as
such is for the entertainment of the whole family, from toddlers to
grandparents and we will always endeavour to involve schools and local
groups to take part.
Of course over 30 years we have changes on
the Committee and this helps to keep things fresh and moving forward. On
our present committee we have several members who are shall we say
We are therefore looking to our younger
members of the Committee to take us on for another 30 years though I
don’t think I will see the 60th! If you are daft, eccentric, a little
odd, can blend into a crowd and have failed on “Britain’s got Talent” or
“The X Factor” then introduce yourself at the Information Point, we can
use you on the Committee.
I am pleased to be involved with this
motley crew who over the years have become good friends. I am proud of
the results they achieve.
All our Committee are volunteers and
it is they who put together this Festival. I know some people think the
Council are involved in the organisation and running of the festival
but they have no involvement whatsoever. The Festival takes place on
Council owned grounds and we are obliged to follow statutory regulations
on running an event of this size. That said we have always found the
Council co-operative in any requests we have made.
As I write
this in my room in a secure institution in inner Kirkstall I am hoping
that you are reading this in bright sunshine in the beautiful grounds of
Kirkstall Abbey. If let out I will be there to enjoy the day with you,
please have a good day out and please be safe.