Wet weather fails to dampen enthusiasm

Wadsley Art Festical 2015'A visitor to the exhibition looking at some of the artwork on display
Wadsley Art Festical 2015'A visitor to the exhibition looking at some of the artwork on display
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Wet weather didn’t dampen spirits in Wadsley as families soaked up some culture at the annual Arts Festival.

On display were sculptures, glass work, watercolours and oil paintings.

Wadsley Art Festical 2015'Jason Heppenstall with one of his recycled sculptures

Wadsley Art Festical 2015'Jason Heppenstall with one of his recycled sculptures

Woodcarver Kyya Mayo-Morroll gave a chainsaw demonstration and visitors also took part in workshops including a Bobbins and Buttons bead-making event.

The festival was held over two days in Wadsley Parish Church and included two evening events – jazz and folk evenings.

Other highlights were a ceramics demonstration and material bleaching and origami workshops.

Organiser Rebekah Ridge said: “It was really good, people came despite the rain.

Wadsley Art Festical 2015'Abbie Baker and Phoebe Glaves creationg cartoon pictures in the church hall

Wadsley Art Festical 2015'Abbie Baker and Phoebe Glaves creationg cartoon pictures in the church hall

“Our two evening events were completely sold out and there were poetry recitals and live music.

“Hype dance group did five different performances. It was brilliant.

“I think we had over 500 people come in total.

“We really want to establish the festival and plan for next year to be even bigger and better.

Wadsley Art Festical 2015'Fiona Hutty sewing a new church banner in the church hall

Wadsley Art Festical 2015'Fiona Hutty sewing a new church banner in the church hall

“It’s brought people together and you can get to know people more.

“And there’s so many people that haven’t even been inside the church before so it’s an opportunity for them to see what we do too.”

Rebekah said the festival was also a way of trying to put Wadsley on the map.

“No one knows where we are, people always get confused with Wadsley Bridge.”

Visitors also had the opportunity to learn more about the local area by taking a historical guided tour.

Tours of the church’s graveyard were also given.

“You name it, we had it,” said Rebekah. “Next year we are hoping to have a stage set up.”

The event is self-funded with money made at last year’s Festival funding this years.

The festival ended with a bang with visitors treated to a firework display.