Monday, 5 March 2007
You feel a part of something vibrant, and you get the pick of the best events – just two of the reasons Hebden Bridge Arts Festival volunteers love their work!
Now, the Arts Festival is giving more people the chance to take part in this year’s event, which runs from June 30 to July 15, by staffing the box office in Albert Street.
An open meeting for anyone who would like to help out at the Festival is planned for March 20 at 7.30pm in the Arts Festival shop on Albert Street, Hebden Bridge.
There will be lots of regular volunteers on hand to give newcomers the low-down on what’s involved, and a chance to talk to Maggie Holborow, who organises the box office, and fellow Arts Festival Board member Ness Parfitt.
“We have a team of regular volunteers, many of whom have helped for several years, but we are always on the look-out for new people to join us,” says Maggie. “We aim to have two people on the desk each day, with an inexperienced volunteer paired with a more experienced one.”
“Previous volunteers have found that working in the shop is fun and a great way to meet people. A welcoming manner, familiarity with Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd and a reasonably methodical approach to paperwork are the main attributes we’re looking
“Over the years, we’ve worked out some good systems to ensure a very professional service to the public and, for new volunteers, there will be some training beforehand – nothing too onerous but just enough to make sure everyone is confident about what to do.”
“You feel part of the wonderful co-operative effort that is the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival,” she said, “and you also get a sense of how vibrant and popular the Festival is.”
Anyone who can’t make it to the meeting can contact Maggie Holborow by dropping a note into the shop, by calling 844619 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freedom! Freedom? commemorates and celebrates the abolition of slavery, and opens with the internationally renowned Grand Union Orchestra, premiering their brand new work Can’t Chain Up Me Mind at Hebden Bridge Picture House on Saturday, June 30.
Information about Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2007 will be available later this spring. In the meantime, if you’d like to be kept in touch with what’s planned, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.hebdenbridge.co.uk/festival