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Horsmonden Song Workshops

A series of free workshops concentrating on traditional and old fashioned songs will be held on the first Tuesday of the month at The Gun and Spitroast, Horsmonden, from December until the summer.
The aim is to help singers:

  • become more confident,
  • be heard,
  • ensure they make a musical sound when they open their mouths (and breathe at the right moment!),
  • tell their story,
  • find, choose and learn songs

The Astor Community Radio Appeal

The Astor Community Theatre has embarked on its most ambitious project to date - the setting up of Deal’s first Creative Apprenticeship Programme together with our very own Radio Station.

With support from the Loveday Family Grassroots Endowment Fund, Deal Town Council and an extraordinary group of knowledgeable, local people; we are initially creating a radio station that will operate within the same ethos as our theatre. That is, there will be ‘something for everyone’. Whether it is the latest dance music; unsigned bands broadcast live from the Astor; drama and comedy programmes; interviews with some of our well known acts and nationally known authors; live outside broadcasts as well as local news and activities; there will truly be something for everyone.

The most exciting aspect of this project will be that we will be offering up to 10 paid apprenticeship places in partnership with Sussex Downs College, the Kent Employment Programme and Job Centre Plus. This will be a one-year placement for unemployed young people between the ages of 16 and 24.

In addition to working with Astor Community Radio we will also be offering Level 2 Certificates in the following:
Cultural Heritage (The Hidden Stories of the Astor project)
Live Events and Promotion
Technical Theatre
Community Arts Administration

We are hugely excited by this project but, inevitably, we need to find additional funding. Currently we have secured just over half of what we need and are actively looking to raise the balance. Any size donation will be gratefully received and we can offer local businesses a great promotional package to include advertising space on our website, live ads on the radio station and a general warm, fuzzy feeling of doing something constructive for our community!

Future Creative

• What if you could inspire creative learning in your school and support your pupils to reach their full potential by raising aspirations and attainment?
• What if you could develop a dynamic, flexible workforce with a creative solution finding attitude?
• What if you could create community cohesion and engage stakeholders with new ideas?

Future Creative can help you find the answer to these questions by using creativity to stretch people’s imaginations, spark their talents and help them to reach their full potential; offering all stakeholders a chance to gain a fresh perspective on the world through creative and cultural learning programmes. 

Listen to an Interview on Thanet Community Radio
The Pilgrims Hospices, fundraising, the job, and  a glimpse of life behind the scenes

If you can help please contact:-
Karen Kenward
Regional Fundraising Manager
Pilgrims Hospice
Ramsgate Road
Kent CT9 4AD


The WOMAD Foundation is a registered educational charity established in 1983 and is the educational arm of the WOMAD Festival organisation. Worldwide we provide opportunities for cultural exchange, learning and active participation, bringing the arts of different cultures to the widest possible audience.Over and above our festival workshop programmes throughout the world, the Foundation devises and produces: § Projects for schools, from nursery through to tertiary level,
§ Community music projects
§ Festival outreach programmes
§ Site specific visual arts events
§ Artist residences
§ Artist exchanges We have over 20 years experience of working with artists and educators in many different educational settings and our current programme of work has three main components:§ The Growth of Music - A series of educational sessions introducing musicians who come from specific musical and performance traditions in their countries of origin, presenting and exploring these traditions through particular cultural contexts.§ Cultural Collaborations - New music in the making, bringing together musicians from diverse cultures and musical backgrounds, to explore the interaction of musical cultures and the impact of collaboration on a personal level for musicians. This programme provides opportunities to work with both young people and professional musicians.§ Voices of the Ancestors - This series introduces musicians whose work is steeped in a sense of social and spiritual history, exploring the places where their cultural heritage converges and diverges. Artists who have left their countries of origin, will share their experiences through musical dialogue, discussion and performance. This project lends itself particularly well to a cross curricular approach.We create educational resources and background materials for all our projects, which aim to broaden and strengthen the curriculum. We work on a consultative level with regional, national and international organisations, as well as government and funding bodies, to realise individual projects. If you are interested in partnering the WOMAD Foundation in a project in the South East or would like to discuss any of the above, ...please contact

Annie Menter - Director,Education and Special Projects, The WOMAD Foundation, Millside, Mill Lane, Box, Wiltshire SN13 8PN. Tel: 01225 743188 Fax: 01225 743481

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