Next Meeting Announced


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Our next meeting will be held at 7:30pm Thursday the 30th of May 2013. The venue is The Globe, 144 High Street West, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8HJ. All are welcome.

This meeting will include:

  • A chance to share ideas
  • A chance for groups who are participating in the festival to talk about what they will be doing at the festival
  • A chance to discuss volunteering to help with the festival

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.



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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.



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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

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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

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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.



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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!

Next Informal Meeting Announced


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The next Inspire Informal Meeting will take place on Thursday, 28 March 2013 at 7pm. The venue will once again be The Globe at 144 High Street West, Glossop SK13 8HJ.

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.

The meeting will provide updates and information on the progression of the festival, as well as providing you with an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas.

For this meeting we are also looking for people to come along and talk about their group, idea, or what they will be doing at the festival.

Our About Glossop Stand


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Calling all local shops and traders!

As previously mentioned, the Inspire Festival aims to promote and support local shops and market traders.

If you can’t have a stall at the festival, please bring along some leaflets, posters, or information. We will be having a stand to promote all local shops and traders.

We would like to reach all of you so please pass this on!

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!
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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!

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More Workshops!

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