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GNOSALL PARISH NEWS
Produced by publishers of The Popular Village Monthly
The Village Voice
And why should we not have a festival ?
Staffordshire is the “Creative County” and no-one is more creative than the residents of this ancient and picturesque parish of Gnosall, including the wards of Knightley and Moreton. Gnosall has won the Large Village section of the Staffordshire Best Kept Village Competition in 2010, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
During 2010 the Parish Council discussed an idea put forward to hold an Arts Festival in the Parish but soon this was expanded to encompass all aspects of talent in the parish and the council set up a Working Group to run the Festival comprising of members of the public who wished to organise events and members of the Parish Council. Careful plans were made and eventually in July 2011 those plan came to fruition as the Gnosall Festival, commonly known as GFest. Running over 9 days at the end of July it proved to be a popular series of events. The Parish Council also wanted to include a film show but without a dedicated theatre this was impossible during the bright summer days and so this event was incorporated into the more dark days of the winter.
To cover the cost of putting on the festival it was decided to try and obtain grants so that many events could be put on free of charge or at a very reasonable cost. Grants were obtained from various sources including a generous donation from Gnosall Parish Council and the small surplus made by the festival was,and still is,donated to local causes.
Such was the success of that initial GFest it was decided to hold a biennial festival and each one has been bigger and better than the previous one and this year’s festival, GFest2019, includes CFest2019 a Canal Festival.
An important part of the Festival is a commemorative Church Service which alternates between St. Lawrence Church and Gnosall Methodist Church to which civic dignitaries are invited. Our church service this year was held in the Gnosall Methodist Church and was lead by the Rev. Jimi who made everyone feel very welcome. Civic dignitaries, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Mr. James Friend (representing Her Majesty The Queen), the Deputy Mayor of Stafford and Consort, Mr & Mrs Peter Jones, were welcomed to the service by the Chairman of the Fest2019 Working Group, Cllr. Kenneth Ingram.
The Parish Council, hope that all those who attended the various events enjoyed them and planning for the 2021 Festival will soon begin.
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