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Friday, July 31, 2015

Help create a legendary tall tail for Parbold Hill

You can play a part in creating an amazing adventure that will be brought to life in an explosion of colour at a fabulous festival.

West Lancashire Borough Council’s Arts Development Service, Parbold Community Association and Parbold Unlimited have teamed up with professional artists Andy and Sharon Shaw and writer Sarah Schofield to set up an exciting programme of free creative activities this summer. The Council and the Community Association were awarded a £15,000 grant from Arts Council England to help fund the scheme.

The theme behind the workshops, performances and exhibitions is to create a legend inspired by Parbold Hill. What lies beneath? Could it be a dragon or some other mysterious creature?

The artists have already worked with some of the children from Our Lady’s and All Saints Primary School and Parbold Douglas Academy and have produced some great puppets and stories. Free activities have also been organised for anyone of any age or ability who would like to get involved over the summer.

The fruits of all these wonderful creative activities will be performed in three chapters at the first Parbold Street Art & Music Festival taking place on Saturday 5 September and Sunday 6 September 2015.

So come along and show off your creative side to help with this marvellous project. You can even be a character and join in one of the festival processions.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, the Council’s portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “The artists have promised an amazing adventure so come along and join in the fun and find out what lies beneath Parbold Hill. The festival will be a wonderful spectacle that I am sure everyone in Parbold will enjoy.”

Free creative workshops

You can join Sarah Schofield in creating the ‘Legend of Parbold Hill, a tail to be discovered’. She will host creative writing sessions for people aged 18 and over at Parbold Library on Monday 10 August, Tuesday 11 August and Thursday 13 August from 7pm-9pm on each evening. No need to book, just come along.

Andy and Sharon Shaw are hosting visual art workshops where people can make puppets, lanterns, boats and flags and other fantastic objects to be carried along the procession.

The workshops are as follows:
Puppet Making Workshops: Tuesday 4 August, Wednesday 5 August, Parbold Village Hall, The Green, 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Magical flags: Tuesday 11 August and Wednesday 12 August, Parbold Village Hall, 1pm – 4pm

Create the beast: Thursday 20 August and Friday 21 August, Parbold Women’s Institute, The Common, 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Come for a day and bring the beast alive. These sessions are more suited to adults and children aged eight and over due to the materials and size of structure being made.

Lantern Making - based on fishes and boats: Tuesday 25 August and Thursday 27 August, Parbold Women’s Institute, 1pm – 4pm

Lantern Making - based on fishes and boats: Wednesday 26 and Friday 28 August, Parbold Village Hall, 1pm – 4pm

These are all family workshops, children and young people must be accompanied by an adult. People can attend the morning and afternoon sessions for the full day workshops. Some of these workshops could get messy so for that reason dress in appropriate clothing, or bring along an old shirt or apron to wear.

All other materials will be provided. For more information contact the Arts Development Service on 01695 571328, or email chapel.gallery@westlancs.gov.uk. For more information on the Chapel gallery please visit Chapel Gallery or Chapel Gallery (external link).

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