Get Involved – Be a Speaker!


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As you can tell from the speakers page, we are coming up a tad short on speakers – that can’t be right, everyone has something to say! Come on, give it some thought: what would you like a slot to chat about? A few ideas include:

  • Talk about a local group you’re involved with – yes, you can give a talk in addition to having a table! You’re going to be making a pitch to people coming by your table anyways, so why not take advantage of being able to tell them that they can hear more at a certain time in the speaker’s area?
  • Talk about an interesting topic – If you think it’s interesting, no doubt other people will, too.
  • Talk about a cause or campaign – Are you helping to support a movement to change something or fix something or fighting to keep something? There’s a zillion and one causes out there; come, tell us yours and what we can do to help!
  • Talk about something inspiring – Inspire us! Have a look again at the festival aims; perhaps you and a few friends could come together and give a talk about ideas to increase audience members’ greenness (of course that’s a word, I just used it!) or sustainability? Perhaps you’d like to inspire us to be more positive and compassionate? You could tell us some practical methods to accomplish that, and perhaps illustrate it with anecdotes of how small acts of kindness have made real differences to the recipients. Those are just a couple of ideas off the top of my head – the sky’s the limit!
thinking cap

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That’s just to get you started thinking – there’s such a bewildering array of choices to think about, once you get going! Go on, put the ol’ thinking cap on! Please get in touch by email at once you’re inspired to share your message!

Announcing our new sister – Glossop Community Group!

As some of you fine folks will be aware, Inspire Festival is the brainchild of Nicola, after she’d been running the What’s On Northwest facebook page for some time. She saw a ripe opportunity for getting these groups together for a festival, connecting the public to the various organisations that are around locally.

Glossop Community Group

The Northwest, however, is quite a large area! To help perpetuate all that this festival is bringing together, with particular respect to the Glossop community, Nicola has decided to start a Glossop Community Group. So, What’s On Northwest is our parent, I suppose, and Glossop Community Group is our sister. Currently, the group only has a facebook page, but the aim is to create a website for it as well; we shall of course update here when that comes to fruition.

Some Q & A …

What does Glossop Community Group want to do? Glossop Community Group will aim to support all of the local community including local shops, local independent non chain pubs, and the local market. The idea is to enable community information to be shared and to bring people together to prevent isolation.

What kind of information does Glossop Community Group want to share and spread? Anything having to do with community groups, events, meetups, hobbies, interests, arts, culture, campaign groups (including grassroots campaigns), charities, fair trade, local shops and pubs, health and well being, supporting the public sector, supporting the NHS, human rights, animal rights, environmental issues, sustainability, diversity and equality, compassion and positivity, mindfulness, peace – in short, anything to help prevent isolation!


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How will this be done? Well, the community group will provide a place for groups, organisations, and individuals to share information. Both the aforementioned website and facebook page will be interactive, enabling community members to communicate regularly. Newsletters will be emailed out, as well as printed and displayed in public places.

Those who aren’t online can get their message out either by using the library’s computers, or by writing a note on the end of the printed newsletters, which will be collected when the new newsletters are distributed, and that information will then be shared. For any who opt for this method, you’ll need to give at least two months’ notice before an event in order for it to be publicised in time.

Exciting times! What events do you have to share with the community? Share them now!

Either go on over to the facebook page and type away, or – if you don’t want to touch facebook with a ten-foot pole (for which I don’t blame you!), feel free to leave a comment here and I will paste it to the facebook page for you (until the website’s up for that group). If you want to sign up for the newsletter, just send an email to Nicola at

Next Informal Meeting Rescheduled


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Our next informal meeting will be held at 7pm Thursday the 21st of February 2013. The venue is The Globe, 144 High Street West, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8HJ. This is the third meeting for people who want to help plan or take part in Inspire Festival. All are welcome.

Please comment below or on this thread on our facebook page to share your thoughts and make suggestions for the agenda.

So many inspiring participants!

The website is now updated to include all the newly-confirmed groups participating in the festival! There’s going to be lots going on on the day – now on top of all the inspiring attractions we already had, there are also:

A Means to an End

More Performers!


More Stalls!

Native Americans and origami

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More Workshops!

Mark your calendar to make sure you come and enjoy the day!

A note for those interested in participating in the festival

If you are interested in taking part please send details of your group and what you would like to do on the day, along with a picture or logo, to . This information will be used for the promotion of the festival.

Please Note:
Stalls will also be responsible for bringing their own:

  • Tables & Chairs
  • Gazebo (if desired)