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Halloween Scream – Covernote Evening a Great Success!

The Halloweeen Scream evening of dancing and music with local band Covernote, was a brilliant event. The bring and share supper resulted in lots of lovely food, there was a busy bar and a raffle. The songs got people dancing and singing all night long and there were guest appearances from local people in addition to the band’s line-up, including a rare performance by backing vocalists, The Ghostettes!

Overall, the evening made £666 – a total that is both spooky and fantastic! Thank you to everyone who helped set up the hall, organised the food and bar and also who helped to clear up afterwards. Thanks also to Covernote for their fantastic music. Everyone who came along said they had a great time and we hope to have another similar evening early in the New Year.

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Warcop Art & Craft Exhibition 2017

Some 400 people visited the second Warcop Art & Craft Exhibition over the Bank Holiday weekend, which showcased the talent of 40 local artists and crafts people. Visitors from far and wide were treated to a variety of work from paintings in a range of media, jewellery, wood-turning, glassware, quilt-making and many other crafts. Some exhibitors were selling their work while others were happy just to show what they had created.
 
There was a fantastic range of cakes and treats provided by local volunteers which went down very well too. Many children attended and there was a Treasure Hunt and a drawing competition. All visitors voted for their favourite piece and also for the best piece of art by pupils from Warcop C of E Primary School. The raffle featured about 20 art and craft pieces donated by the exhibitors.
 
Overall, the event raised over £1000 which will go towards purchasing much-needed equipment for the Parish Hall. The organisers would like to thank all the many volunteers who staffed the hall and helped put up and take down the exhibition, which now looks like becoming a popular annual event on the local art and craft scene.
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Acoustic Panels fitted to Parish Hall

Contractors recently installed acoustic sound panels to the side walls of the Parish Hall. They are designed to reduce reverberation and echo from the walls so that both speech and music will sound much clearer. The boards complement the colour scheme of the hall and they are fitted above door height. Along with the curtains, we hope that you will now notice a big improvement when you next visit the hall.

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Warcop Parish Hall Awarded Cinema Equipment

Warcop Parish Hall Awarded Cinema Equipment

Last January, the Warcop Parish Hall Events Committee, launched the Warcop Remote Cinema, with support from the BFI (British Film Institute) and Eden Arts.  Since then, the regular screenings have proved very popular and attracted great support from residents of Warcop, Sandford and other surrounding villages. Given our nearest cinema is 20 miles away in Penrith, people really appreciate access to recent film releases being screened on their doorstep.  Remote Cinema brings together members of the community in a shared experience, but also provides a wonderful social event that helps breakdown rural isolation.

In September, we were made aware of the BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Equipment Fund and were encouraged by Eden Arts to apply. We are therefore delighted to announce our application has been successful and we have been awarded our own cinema equipment. This will comprise a state of the art digital projector, blue-ray player, screen, speakers and mobile cabinet.  While the equipment will be used predominantly for film screenings, it will be an asset for the Hall and community groups wishing to make presentations, talks etc. will be able to have access to it.

If you haven’t yet given the Remote Cinema go, we think you might be surprised by how good it is. If you would like to be kept informed of screenings email your details to warcopcinema@outlook.com check your village notice boards regularly, access our website www.warcop.org.uk  or look in the Parish Magazine – The Way. The next screening with be on 19 January, 2017 at 7.15pm and will be The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslett. We look forward to seeing you there.

Susan Coffer

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Warcop Art & Craft Exhibition a Great Success!

Warcop Art Exhibition a Fantastic Success!

Warcop held its first ever Art & Craft Exhibition in the new Parish Hall over the Bank Holiday weekend of 30th April to 2nd May. Organisers have hailed it a huge success with well over 400 visitors who came to see a wide range of local artistic talent on show. All the exhibitors commented on how light and attractive the Hall is and they were all keen to return for any future exhibitions. Visitors came from many local towns and villages with several coming from further afield.

Children were encouraged to come along as every pupil at Warcop C of E Primary School had drawn a picture which was on display. There were activities such as a treasure hunt and a drawing competition with prizes. About 90 children came over the three days. Visitors also enjoyed having to choose their favourite exhibit.

Feedback commented on the huge talent on show, the variety of work and how well organised the event was. There were paintings by Sara Sylvester, Ann Sandell and Margaret Shaw, photographers such as Alan Roberts from Kirkby Stephen and Hazel Deighton from Bleatarn, rugs and quilts, bead work, wood-turning by Phil Sampson and sculptures by James Popps from Brough.

The exhibition was organised by the Parish Hall Events Group and in particular by David Keetley, Peter Foskett, Hazel Deighton and Vivienne Willcock. Special praise goes to Peter Foskett who designed an amazing zig-zag display system made from 8’ x 4’ boards painted white. He also designed the posters/flyers and the distinctive exhibition logo. Over the weekend, a large team of helpers staffed the Hall covering entrance fee, raffle, sales and refreshments.

Key helpers were:

Glenda Burton, Caroline Shaw, Vivienne & Richard Willcock, Karen West, Mark and Carol Blackett-Ord, Lois Wiseman, Sue Fell, Pat Brady, Sarah & Grace Harrison, Carole White, Judith Heelis, Jenny Ramsden, Ray Bromby, Susan Coffer, Amanda Daldry, Hazel Deighton, Joyce and David Keetley and Peter Foskett. Colin Harrison, Gordon Deighton and David White also deserve great thanks for their contributions to putting up bunting, signs and transporting the boards to the Hall!

Favourite Artist Piece: Butterfly Quilt by Heather Wakefield of Sandford

Runner up: photograph by Hazel Deighton of Bleatarn

Spot Prize for Voting: Sue Latham

Children’s Drawing Competition Winners: Scarlett Harrison, Charlotte Eife, Abi Heron, Emma Moogan

Best Primary School Picture Winner: Parrot by Charlie Dinsdale

Many of the contributing artists donated prizes for the raffle, including prints, originals, wood-turning and bracelets. Over £1200 was raised from the exhibition and these funds will go towards much-needed equipment for the new Parish Hall.

Thank you to all the organisers, helpers, exhibitors and visitors who made this a fantastic first-time exhibition which will hopefully become an annual event. It was a real community team effort.

 

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Warcop Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 25th May 7:30 pm

The next meeting of Warcop Parish Council takes place on Wednesday 25th May at 7:30 pm in the Meeting Room of the new Parish Hall. All members of the community are very welcome.

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Warcop’s New Website

Warcop’s new website is now up and running. There are currently sections for The Parish Council, Parish Hall, Methodist Chapel and St Columba’s Church – plus useful information and news for all local residents. We have also started a local business directory to promote local businesses and services. If you have any photos of the local area please get in touch and we’ll add them to the website.

If you’d like to contribute to the website with news, events or information then just let us know. This website is for everyone in the Warcop Parish which includes Warcop, Sandford, Beatarn and Coupland Beck so please use it and help us to make it even better!

David Keetley

Editor