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New Mills Festival Fringe will go ahead despite initial fears

Amanda Barton

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Despite initial fears that New Mills Festival would be cancelled this year, the Festival Committee has announced that the New Mills Festival Fringe will go ahead between September 14th and 30th. 

Committee Chair Lyn Bannister explained, “The Festival is run by a small group of volunteers who felt they couldn’t run the full Festival for another year without more help. In addition, it costs a considerable amount of money to put on, which all comes from fundraising, and due to additional costs this year, we have little money left in the bank to help pay for next year’s Festival. A number of new volunteers have now come forward, however, so the committee has decided to go ahead with a Festival Fringe this year before the return of the main Festival next year.”

New Miils Festival Fringe

While the festival will not feature some of the bigger events, such as the Lantern Procession or Arts Trail, there is still plenty to look forward to, including some exciting new events. 

The festival season kicked off in May when ‘Flats and Sharps’ staged a fundraising gig, bringing their unique blend of bluegrass, pop country, and folk to St. George’s Church. 

Sunday 16th September sees the very first New Mills Jumble Trail – a jumble sale held on the streets of New Mills. Residents are encouraged to set up a stall outside their house and earn cash from old treasures, artistic creations or home baking. The New Mills Jumble Trail map allows punters to plan their route around the trail and find out about the stalls and kinds of things on sale.

New Miils Festival Fringe

On Monday 17th the New Mills Local History Society hosts a free, illustrated lecture by Nici Matlow in the Town Hall, celebrating 90 years of Swizzels-Matlow. Other events include a family-friendly concert by the New Mills Band and Offerton Methodist choir on Friday 21st, an artisan food fair at Spring Bank Arts Centre plus an open-air production of The Tempest on Sunday 23rd , and wine tasting on Friday 28th. 

To keep up to date with developments, or to offer help as a volunteer or sponsor, visit www.newmillsfestival.com or email newmillsfestival@hotmail.co.uk