What a day!

Inspire Festival 2013 went really well! A big thank you to all who came and participated – you made the day what it was.

I was rather busy all day, so only managed to snap a few photos from the day. They are now on The Photos page – feel free to have a gander. If you have any more photos you wouldn’t mind sharing, please do send them to me.


Nicola’s put out her summary newsletter – you can download it here or read the text on The News page. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please let Nicola know by emailing whatsonnorthwest@hotmail.co.uk.

Plans are already afoot for next year’s festival – this time the grassy area behind the church will be themed Dreams and Nightmares. Please do get in touch with Nicola if you’re interested in helping make next year’s festival happen – many more volunteers are needed to make it a great day for all.

Plans are also afoot for keeping the community spirit going that we hope was enhanced by the festival. Our parent group, What’s On North West England, will continue to publish newsletters promoting events going on in the north west. Post your events to that facebook page or email them to whatsonnorthwest@hotmail.co.uk for inclusion in the newsletter. Our sister group, Glossop Community Group, will continue to try to bring groups together, through newsletters and occassional meetings through the year. Post your group’s information to that facebook page or email the same address, whatsonnorthwest@hotmail.co.uk, for inclusion in the newsletter.

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Gazebo Appeal

A quick note –

There are some people who are participating in the festival, and are commuting on the train, so they would really appreciate it if someone can loan them a gazebo. If you have a spare gazebo could you please bring it along?

Venue change


Image by CB_27.

A word from Nicola about a venue change for the festival:

It is with deep regret that I have had to move the Enchanted Woodland Theme, planned as one of the Inspire Festival activities, to the grassy area at the back of the church. The same activities will still be taking place; we will just not be able to enjoy the ambience of the woodland.

The Enchanted Woodland Parade will still be taking place; the route will take us around George Street Wood to Harehills Park.

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Reasons for the changing from George Street Wood to the grassy area at the back of the church.

The land where George Street Wood is situated is land that has no known owner.

A local resident and his wife are trying to claim the land by adverse possession and develop the land into a campsite and motor home tourist facility.

Acquiring land by adverse possession is the process by which a person who is not the legal owner of land can become its owner after having exclusively occupied it for a specified period of time.

Since announcing that Inspire Festival will be using George Street Wood for the Enchanted Woodland Theme, I have been bombarded with intimidating emails. Emails have also been sent to my place of work, some of my contacts and Festival participants, the councillors who donated funding, the council which has donated the Small Arts Grant, and also the lady who has very kindly supported me by creating and running the Inspire Festival website. I don’t want anyone related to the Festival to be treated in this way, which is why I have now come to the conclusion to move the woodland themed activities to the back of the church. Please accept my apologies if this decision causes you any disappointment.

Good news

The same activities will be taking place a few feet away. We will not be able to enjoy the ambience of the woodland in an organised way, but it is entirely legal for you to go into the Wood. Please be careful not to damage any wildlife, trees, or boundary fences.

Friends of George Street Wood

The general public currently enjoys George Street Wood and has done so since at least 1935.

Friends of George Street Wood is a group of local people that is campaigning for George Street Wood to remain open to the public by appealing to High Peak Borough Council for the land to be a designated Local Green Space which would give it the same protection as green belt; HPBC is proposing to do this in its new Local Plan currently in development. FoGSW has also applied to Derbyshire County Council for the land to be designated a Town/Village Green which would protect it for the public in perpetuity.

In order for anyone to claim the land by adverse possession, they have to show exclusive use of it for a minimum of 12 years. Friends of George Street Wood is therefore encouraging the public to continue to use the land because every time it is used the adverse claim clock reverts to zero. FoGSW holds regular events on the land in order to preserve its public access. Legal advice obtained by FoGSW has confirmed that the resident and his wife do not own the land, despite placing a fence around it, and will not do so until they can demonstrate that they have had exclusive use of it for 12 years.

If you would like to know more about Friends of George Street Wood and its campaign, please email: georgestreetwoods@hotmail.co.uk.

Please note that our main venue, Central Methodist Church, is not changing. Most of the activity of the festival will happen there. Harehills Park, also known as the Sandhole, is the park along Philip Howard Road.

Working away

I’m so sorry this website has languished – that’s what happens when the webmistress leaves home for five weeks and is ill for another three! Life is just about back to normal (for now), so I can update you on all the hard work that’s been happening in my absence. Some of you may have seen the updates in our newsletters or on facebook or twitter, so to you this will be old news, but I shall post it here to catch up anyone who hasn’t done.



Image by Mr T in DC.

Nicola’s put together a booklet to explain what the festival is all about, what sorts of things we have planned, etc. If you’ve read through the website (or the facebook/twitter posts), you’re already familiar with this information, but if you want to share the festival with friends who don’t want to poke around the website, this is a good resource that has encapsulated much of what there is to know about the festival.



Image by NS Newsflash.

There’s been an Inspire Festival newsletter, the April edition. Our sister group, What’s On North West, has been busily spreading word of events going on in our area through its April and May newsletters.

Financial Matters

pound coins

Image by wwarby.

As you may have seen in our April newsletter, we were awarded some funding: many, many thanks to artsderbyshire, Councillor Peter Waude, and Councillor Dave Wilcox! With this funding, we will be able to pay for the liability insurance and for posters to promote the festival. If you are participating in the festival (stall holders, speakers, performers, workshop providers, etc), please get in touch with us about insurance requirements if you haven’t already. Also for participants: please see page 6 of the April newsletter for pertinent information.

Enchanted Woodland Parade

Enchanted woodland

Image by Phillip Ed.

Continuing the good news, we have also secured prizes for Best Dressed in our Enchanted Woodland Parade, with many thanks to the Chestnut Centre Conservation & Wildlife Park! There will be two categories: one for those aged 8 and under, and another for those aged over 8. Each of the two winners will receive a Family Ticket (that’s 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children) to the Chestnut Centre, plus be able to adopt an animal of the winner’s choice! We are very grateful to the Chestnut Centre for this generous donation. Now get your thinking caps on – what can you dress up as to impress the judges? Use your imagination! There are a few suggestions on our poster.



Image by eyeonjapan.com.

Several more groups have booked slots for stalls and workshops at the festival since I’ve been gone, and I’ll be getting them listed on the website soon; thank you all for your patience. We do still have space for a few more workshops and performers, so if you want to join in – do get in touch!

Volunteers Needed

Help Wanted

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One last thing. We could really use a bit more help. Could you give us a few hours of your time to steward the festival on the day? Or perhaps you’d like to lend a hand but won’t be available on our festival day? If so, we would be really grateful if you could put up a few posters in advance of the festival. In either case, please get in touch (via email, facebook, twitter, or commenting below) or feel free to come along to our next meeting!

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

Images by humbert15 and caribb.

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 whatsonnorthwest@hotmail.co.uk . 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)

Announcing Our New Theme!

To go with our new venue, Central Methodist Church together with the George Street Wood (located between the church and Glossop Brook), we have decided to theme the event:

The Enchanted Woodland
Enchanted woodland

Image by Phillip Ed.

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We hope everyone will join in on this with us! The Enchanted Woodland will provide nature inspired activities, encompassing arts, live acts, family fun, entertainment, and interactive activities. Plus, what better place to stimulate creativity and imagination?

Activities will include…

Enchanted Woodland Parade

Magical creatures illustration

Image by sofi01.

Dress up and join our procession! Ideas include:

  • Imps
  • Fairies
  • Goblins
  • Tree Man
  • Evil Fairies
  • Green Man
  • Mother Nature
  • Tree Creatures
  • Or use your imagination and create your own character!

Prizes will be given for the best dressed, so start planning your costumes!

The Unseen World – Microscopic Life

Image from looking through a microscope

Image by L. Marie.

Identify photos of microscopic life

  • Where do I live?
  • What am I? Am I…?
    • A plant?
    • Fungi?
    • An animal/creature/organism?

More ideas to come! Watch this space!

Announcing Our New Venue!

Please update your calendars – the festival has changed location from the Glossop Rugby Club to the Central Methodist Church. The venue page has been updated, complete with map, if you are unfamiliar with this location. The festival will still be the same date and time, Saturday the 3rd of August, 2013, Noon to approximately 8pm.

The festival poster!


Please spread the word!