Stainsby Festival - July 17th-19th 2020
=== Newsflashes for 2019 * NEWS ALERT! The National Trust is going to announce that it's putting Stainsby School up for sale in the New Year. The local Parish Council (and the Festival) had been promised over several years that a joint project would be undertaken to find ways of restoring it as a community centre after the Trust reneged on a similar deal at Hardstoft (which at the time was fully funded!) 10 or more years ago. This a severe blow to the local community and the festival. The festival was prevented from using the school as a base and for accommodation after the Trust's neglect of the building led them to declare it unsafe in 2016. We were looking forward to working in partnership to its restoration. No more. We will be campaigning to overturn this decision. More details soon\\ * The lucky parking ticket this year was 387. It's still unclaimed, if you hold this ticket email us to arrange our prize.\\ * Our new sustainable permanent roadway (thanks to EU Leader funding) is now installed, so goodbye to that heavy metal stuff! The grass has already grown through the new roadway so you'd scarcely know it's there - until the skip lorry comes and doesn't sink. Roll on the heavyweights, we're ready for 'em. *Mik Godly was our First Art artist-in-residence at the 2014 festival. His drawings and Mik's stories about how they were created are now in his online gallery. In a collaboration with Tomorrow's Ancestor - Mik's done an animated YouTube version [[https://www.youtube.com/embed/u0QLoqrcuyg?list=UUCIUx5_J4pTyBABiRj-z3wA| here]]. It's well worth a watch! === The Dream of Fields Appeal Stainby has the chance to secure its future permanently. The festival's future was put in doubt in 2000 when Dot Brunt, the site's owner died. Thanks to a really generous intervention by Paddy Lane who bought the house and fields, we've been able to continue running the festival for the last fourteen years. He has been realising his investment recently, putting the farm up for sale, which raised the prospect of an uncertain future once again. However he's made a terrific decision about the sale. He's divided the property, selling the farmhouse separately and offering first refusal on the fields to the festival if he decides to sell. Raising the cash to buy if the time comes, is our long term aim. There's a long way to go but we've been doing very well! We need to raise yet more money to be able to offer a fair price. If we buy the fields, we have a significantly different future for our event. A secure future, where we can plan confidently. A future where we can reduce our costs and make the festival significantly more sustainable. A future where we can hand on this event in good shape to following generations. A future that for once would be entirely in our own hands. More reasons [[http://www.ben-daglish.net/stainsby.shtml|here]] (thanks Ben) If you'd like to support us go to the [[/appeal.shtml|Appeals page]] to make a donation. Better still if you gift aid us we can claim an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 you give us! Please, please help to secure a bright new future for your favourite festival. === Sell Off Your Old Junk Another way to support our appeal is to do a massive spring clean. Dig out all that old jun.. err, I mean treasured heirlooms and sell it off on eBay. By nominating Stainsby Folk Group as your favoured charity, any or all (we like all!) of the proceeds can be donated to the appeal via PayPalGiving. They'll even take care of the gift aiding too! Check it out [[https://charity.ebay.co.uk/search/Stainsby|here]] and bring a breath of fresh air to your garage/attic/shed/loft/expensively maintained self store unit. You know you'll feel a whole lot better for it. === Friends of Stainsby Newsletter & Mailing List Want a copy of our newsletter each time it comes out? Not on the list? Sign up ☞[[http://mad.ly/signups/81558/join|right here]]☜ right now! You'll get early inside info on next year's festival and any news alerts. If you'd prefer a hard copy in the post send us an email with your address details to - **news (at) stainsbyfestival.org.uk**. Job done. === T-shirts! The **last few** Special limited edition, and dare we say Iconic, Stainsby Festival 2011 T-shirt are still available [[shop.shtml|in the shop]] - and we've reduced them to a fiver plus P&P.!!! === Facebook The Festival has its own Facebook entry and a discussion wall - Check in and check it out [[https://www.facebook.com/groups/5110505390/about/|here]] === Philosophy Walks These are part of our programme of spoken word, poetry and the relationship between memory and landscape. Our visit to the old earthworks at Stainsby, the site of the original festival from 1969 to 1974, formed part of a guided walk around this centuries old remnant of a vanished age in 2012. In 2013 we expanded the programme to include walks up to Ault Hucknall church, the burial place of the philosopher Thomas Hobbes - landscape, memory and philosophy, now that was a combination! In 2014 we explored Stainsby Common and the notion of common land and the Enclosures that ended it. Very appropriate for our fields appeal year! In 2017 we included the poet Longfella (akaTony Walsh) and themed the walk around the notion of "Whose Land is this Land" to coincide with the launch of Peter Hetherington's book of the same name at the festival. For those fascinated by folk memory and tales of the past, there's a blog about it [[http://earthworkblog.wordpress.com/|here]]. Feel free to join in!