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Saturday 1st April 2017

SPRING INTO SUMMER 2 : 6am - Midnight

From 6am to midnight we will fill The Chipping Hall and The Chipping Club Rooms with an amazing celebratory mix of music, readings, performances, art demos, talks, lessons, song and dance. We promise a wonderful day for the community - refreshments will be available all day. All events free but buckets will be rattled to help raise funds for UTEA. Please see below for full programme.

Spring into Summer Programme 2017

Main Hall
Katie Elliott - solo piano

Early morning piano meditations. A gentle, completely improvised start to the day’s activities. 

Energy Exercises and Guided Meditations with Ruth Armes, Life Coach

What a great way to start the day – relaxed and refreshed! We’ll start with two simple exercises to get energy flowing well round the body. Then we’ll sample some of the many different ways there are of practising mindfulness, or meditation. You’re sure to find one that suits you. 

There will be a chance to find out about the benefits of meditation,  ask questions, and talk about the experiences you have during this hour.

Christine Sweet and Mim Tait 

Finding your inner peace with readings, poems and guided visualisations. 

Move into Freedom 

Dance Artist Emma Dickson will be leading a practical Dance workshop, looking at Social Choreography, inspired by her work as Lead Dance Artist of Reside Dance Company, and Body Graphics- a form of somatic dance practise taken from her training in Skinner Release Technique. The workshop will be a combination of hands on touch (either on yourselves or in partners), leading into movement that will help wake our bodies up, welcome in the new and exciting day ahead, as well as having an opportunity to move with others.  
No prior dance experience is needed,  and everyone is welcome.  
Emma’s work focuses on inclusive and accessible dance, and so all ages, genders and abilities are welcome. 
If you would like to find out more about what this workshop will entail, or more about Emma's dance background and upcoming projects please contact Emma on or FB: @Movein2Freedom 
Nia Dance 

Nia is functional fitness at its purest. Classes are taken barefoot (footwear is welcome if needed) to eclectic, innovative and inspiring music. Every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves that correspond with the main areas of the body eg the base, core, arms. What makes Nia so innovative is its unlimited adaptability to include everyone regardless of age and fitness level. Some "steps" are taken from Jazz, Modern Dance and Duncan Dance and others from Tai Chi, Yoga etc. Gain better posture, balance, strength and flexibility. Reduce stress, anxiety and depression whilst having fun. Beginners welcome at any time. 
Please join in with the class on 1st April as Nia can only be really appreciated when you are moving to the music.  You are welcome to sit and watch quietly or move whilst sitting in your chair as all Nia moves are adaptable. 
My website
Rob Collins / Artists 

Artists Jane Lampard, Lynne Clarke, Barry Walding, Joyce Pinch, Alison Vickery, Mike Paul and Rob Collins demonstrate their very varied ways of working, using the materials and techniques that have produced their distinctly individual styles. You are free to wander round and watch them while they work and ask questions about their materials, subjects and techniques. Last year there was so much interest and so many questions that few of the professionals got much painting done but they were all delighted to share their knowledge and skills. “Painting can be such a solitary business and it was great to be able to share what we do with an interested and enthusiastic audience.”

Morris team 

Rag Morris are the Morris dance team attached to the University of Bristol. Rag Morris has acquired its own inimitable style over the last thirty years - energetic, colourful, comic, a bit 'off-the-wall' and certainly never boring. We wear brilliantly coloured 'rag shirts' and ribboned bells. Our repertoire comes from the dances of the Cotswold Hills and the wild Welsh Borders, and we dance with sticks, hankies, bare hands and plastic chickens, to the accompaniment of fiddles, melodeons, accordions, whistles and drums. Please see for more information about us. 
Cooper & Toller 

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Man Ho Hui 

Piano solo. Man Ho brought the house down when he performed at Spring into Summer 2016 so we are delighted that he’ll be performing again this year. Now 17, he recently won first prize at the Bristol Festival of Music, Speech and Drama for his rendition of Chopin’s Nocturne no 20 in C sharp minor, which he’ll be playing this afternoon. In addition, he’ll be performing Scarlatti K96, Beethoven’s Sonata no3 in C major (1st movement) and music from the film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.

The Loud Crowd 

The Loud Crowd (a mix of 4 community choirs all run by Liz Martin) invite you to come and join us in a friendly and informal session of delicious and uplifting harmony. We will sing a couple of songs to you and a couple of songs with you.

Mee and Mrs Robinson 

Charlie Mee and Jo Robinson are a vocal and guitar duo based in Gloucestershire, performing pop, soul, folk, country, blues, jazz and whatever else we fancy. 
See FB page: @MeeandMrsRobinson 

UTEA Co Chair Norman Dadd (bass guitar) accompanies Bob Hanks (guitar/lead vocalist) and Dave Ryan (guitar/vocals) in an acoustic set to put a Spring in your step with hits by Clapton, The Beatles, Dylan and more. 
Build a Band 

Come and join in the fun of making music with others in a Band. Charlie Mee with help from DBN and James Aldridge will encourage musicians of any age, any experience and any instrument to have a go. Be warned, when we Built a Blues Band last September one parent was so thrilled at their child's response to playing drums they bought them a drum kit! 
New Generation 

Street and contemporary dance 
Poetry Hour 

An hour of diverse poetical offerings, with readings of original work by local poets Rosie Bailey, David Barker, Polly Howell.Vivien Dunham will celebrate the theme of the event by sharing classics from the likes of Shakespeare, Larkin and Edward Thomas. Sarah Watt will be reading some of her favourite poems from 19th and 20th Century. 
Sheila Bryant - dulcimer 

The Appalachian or Mountain Dulcimer is a fretted string instrument of the zither family, typically with three or four strings.  It is speculated that early settlers were unable to make the more complex violin in the early days because of lack of tools and time. This was one of the factors which led to the building of the dulcimer, which has less dramatic curves. However there are instruments similar to the Mountain Dulcimer seen throughout history and different cultures.

I will be playing a mixture of different music some will be finger picked and others will be strummed using a plectrum.I play a lot of medieval sounding music as my husband has a bird of prey team and specializes in the medieval period.  When I go to places where he takes the bird I will sit around and play the Dulcimer. I play music originally written for harp, pieces I have made up myself and traditional folk tunes.

I won’t be dressed in my wench gear this evening though!! 
Young Artists’ Showcase  

(i) Fuze (7.20-7.30pm) 

Fuze is the Street class from The Ruth Osborne School of Dancing based in Wotton and Charfield. The school provides high quality Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street, Contemporary classes for children aged 2.5 years - 18 yrs and encourages performance in a variety of venues. 
(ii) Mollie Swain (7.30-7.50pm) 

Solo piano and vocals 
(iii) Charlie Reynolds (7.50-8.10pm) 

A young performer who plays guitar and sings adaptations of modern songs.  
(iv) George Bailey (8.10-8.30pm) 

I will be playing an array of different instruments (including keyboard, banjo, ukulele and harmonica), and using a loop pedal to build up the  sound and give my own take on some songs you may recognise and some of my own. 
(v) Josh Goodchild (8.30-9pm)

Josh is almost 13, and started playing the keyboard at the age of 7 and writing songs at the age of 8.  He started piano lessons at the age of 10 and is now working towards Grade 6 in Rock & Pop.  He has never had lessons in classical piano, but has taught himself to play some well-known pieces such as Pachelbel's Canon and Fur Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven.  He doesn't particularly like reading music and gives his piano teacher a hard time as he has to learn to read music for his exams, but he really prefers to learn 'by ear' as this comes much more naturally to him.

Josh has only performed a handful of times in public, and the Edge Factor talent show last November was his first performance outside of school as well his first competition, so he was thrilled to be the winner!

Although Josh is still only 12, his ambition is to be a singer-songwriter and record his own music and perform at events and stadiums. 
James Aldridge 

James Aldridge has been gigging, writing and recording as a solo artist since he was fourteen years old. Ten years, hundreds of performances and 2 albums later he is now a professional musician working all over the south-west and beyond, as a singer, guitarist, instrumental tutor and project leader. Originally from Gloucestershire, James has been a regular leader and contributer to youth music projects and education in the south west. From Olympic ceremonies to European exchange projects, he has been a regular producer and artist for South West Music School, a specialist organisation dedicated to developing gifted and talented musicians into the next generation of great British artists and performers. Despite this work across all genres and forms, it is in his performing as a rock guitarist and singer the gives him his drive. Whether part of a band or going solo, James has been regularly gigging over the last decade at a wide array of venues including Dartington Hall, Plymouth Barbican Theatre, Bath Guildhall, Bristol St. Georges and a variety of festivals. With influences from Black Flag to the Beach Boys, James is a melodic and thoughtful songwriter with a punk-rock edge, whose energy and intensity needs to be experienced live.  
(James Aldridge’s latest release "Tread Softly" and all other records are available at, for physical copies and enquiries about instrumental tuition please email 
Corrupting Josie 

Bursting with energy that will literally draw you on to stage, Corrupting Josie is a female fronted Alt - Rock band. Covering all sorts of music and writing loads of originals. Buckle up because you're going to be in for a mental ride!
Clara Sanders 

Singer and songwriter. 
Jo Phillips  

Jo will entertain you, singing covers of songs by the likes of Kirsty MacColl, Nena and Kate Rusby, acompanied by a century old banjolele and a tin plate! 
GL12 (Mim Tait and Chris Pilditch)

“We'll be playing a combination of delicately crafted songs sung and played by Mim, and a few items of tuneless crap sung by me. There will be audience participation for the utterly reckless.” 

Chipping Club Room 
Sally Smith

Storytime for little ones. 

Maggie How - Creative Writing for Wellbeing 

Writing is fun! Come and try your hand at playing with words, maybe for the first time, or as a refresher if you are feeling stuck as a writer. Maggie has over 20 years of teaching experience and a love of writing and language. This taster session will offer you lots of ideas and prompts to get you started – no pressure, you don’t have to share your writing, but you may well find you do want to! Writing can be one of the most pleasurable activities in the creative arts, if you can let go of your inner critic and let it flow! Please bring your favourite writing implement and paper or notebook. 
Judy Collins - Art House drop-in 

Art is fun! Come and try your hand at playing with materials maybe for the first time, or as a refresher if you are out of practice?Judy has over 25 years of teaching experience and a love of art and creativity. This taster session will offer you lots of ideas  – no pressure, you can come and go as you please. Art can be one of the most pleasurable activities in the creative arts, sometimes we just need to get started! All materials will be provided for a group project.  

Matt Hemson - Therapeutic Songwriting

This practical workshop is aimed at anyone interested in tapping into their inner songwriter. Whether you consider yourself a musician or not, you will amaze yourself with what you can create! Matthew Hemson specialises in therapeutic songwriting and works within the education and mental health sectors. He has extensive experience in working with organisations to co-create unique, enabling environments that foster improved wellbeing. Matthew is also a Play Therapist specialising in Music & Jungian Sandtray. He delivers training in Therapeutic Intervention Skills throughout the UK. He is a visiting lecturer at UWE. 
Public conversations 

Come and find out about a range of activities and local organisations including:
- Wotton Open Gardens 2017: Spring Gardens, Sculpture, Arts and Crafts
- Wotton Community Sports Foundation (Party in the PARC, Sensory Garden, local ecology),
- Wotton: the UK’s first Mental Health Friendly Town?
- Wotton Secret Gardens Trail
- Under the Edge Arts
- Wotton Heritage Project  
- Dementia Connections
- Wotton Walking Festival
- Wotton Arts Festival

Local writers 

Local short story writers will read from their recent work, including pieces set in the Wotton-under-Edge landscape, and others inspired by events much further afield. 
“A Christmas Box” by Jim Sinkinson (UTEA Trustee) 

Who left a gift on Gardenia Box's doorstep on Christmas Eve?  
Find out who and how she and her friends fare on Christmas Day as a group of Jim's friends perform a rehearsed reading of his humorous play. 
U.A. Fanthorpe Room 
Create a Vision Board Workshop, with Ruth Armes, Life Coach  

Creating a vision board is a wonderful tool to help you work out what you would really like to happen in your life - your goals, your dreams, and what is really important to you. A vision board is a collage of images, pictures, and words which represent your dreams and goals. We’ll be cutting out of magazines, writing (or drawing for those that like to), and mounting onto a large piece of paper or card. 


Wotton Heritage Centre 
Wotton: History and Heritage  

A powerpoint presentation with amusing, entertaining and interesting anecdotes re the history of the Centre and Wotton-under-Edge. 



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