Rickmansworth to host its first folk festival

Watford Observer: Phoenix Morris perform at Batchworth Lock Phoenix Morris perform at Batchworth Lock

Rickmansworth’s first folk festival will be taking place later this month.

Rickmansworth Town Team is organising the event, set to take place on Saturday, July 19.

Visitors can expect to see Morris Dancing and folk singing between 11am and 4pm at a range of venues across Rickmansworth.

The project team, led by Phoenix Morris squire, Michael Stimpson, have created a colourful programme of folk singing and Morris dancing around the town, which will last throughout the day.

Entertainers will be located at Basing Square, in High Street, The Feathers, St Mary’s Church, both in Church Street, The White Bear, in Harefield Road and Batchworth Lock.

Mr Stimpson said: "We are really looking forward to hosting the very first folk festival for Rickmansworth. Many organisations have helped us to get this far and in particular Mark Saxon of Rickmansworth Waterways Trust who has kindly offered to be our festival director.

"We have three visiting Morris Sides and Dudley Edmunds, another of our team members, has organised a fabulous line up of folk singers for the event."

Mr Stimpson said it would be an event for "all the family" and is encouraging everyone to join in the folk singing and dancing festivities.

The event will be sponsored by Three Rivers District Council and Rickmansworth Town Team.

Chris Lloyd, chairman of the district council, will be opening the event at Batchworth Lock at 11am.

The activities during the day are free, although the team will be collecting for local charities, Colne Valley Special Sailors, Swan Care and St Mary’s Church.

There will be a charity concert held in St Mary’s Church between 7.30pm and 10pm, starring singer and songwriter Julie Felix. There will also be performances from folk singers Warp and Weft.

Mr Stimpson said he was "delighted" that Ms Felix will be singing at the occasion, as she does not perform at events often these days.

Tickets to the charity concert cost £10 and can be made payable to the Rickmansworth Town Team, PO Box 115, Rickmansworth, WD3 1WB and should have a stamp and self addressed envelope enclosed.

Alternatively, tickets are available on the door for £12.50.

For more information about the festival, contact Mr Stimpson on 01923 770425 or email stimpy@rickmansworthtown.co.uk

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9:47am Mon 7 Jul 14

Mike Ribble says...

Julie Felix still going strong at 76. She was at Glastonbury and now coming to Ricky. No wonder her record label is called 'Remarkable'.
Julie Felix still going strong at 76. She was at Glastonbury and now coming to Ricky. No wonder her record label is called 'Remarkable'. Mike Ribble
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