The twinning of two festivals on either side of the Atlantic is leading to yet more developments.
An international exchange project involving Rotary networks in Preston and Nova Scotia is now underway following the twinning of Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival and the Annapolis Valley Appleblossom Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada.
This came about after the introduction of Stella Roy, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who is Rotary district governor elect 2014/15 for the area, to members of Preston North Rotary Club last year. The project involves St Catherine’s Hospice, Lostock Hall.
Also, Goosnargh festival queen Georgia Walker is to visit St Catherine’s shortly and queen-elect Abbie Cornall is to take up the challenge of fundraising for the hospice with the support of her senior attendants.
The Annapolis Valley is an apple and soft fruit growing region centred on Kentville, and Broughton Business and Enterprise College environmental co-ordinator Jane Sims is said to have so impressed the Nova Scotian visitors with the school’s own orchard project and work in progress to preserve the ancient orchard in the grounds of Guild Park, Whittingham, that links are to be made to share expertise.
A music resource “Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me”, written by Canadian teacher and performer Donna Rhodenizer, was given to festival representatives when they visited Kings County Academy in Kentville last year, and this is to be shared by the area’s primary schools. Earlier this month, the Goosnargh Oliverson’s Primary School choir, Oliversongs, performed one of the songs in a competition.
Next year AJ Brown, a gifted young singer and saxophone player from Halifax, England, will conduct a workshop and performance tour of Nova Scotia at the invitation of Stella, performing at her Rotary network conference at the end of April in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
“So, Halifax to Halifax! How did this come about?”, said Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival secretary and chairman Stephanie and David Butters.
“We have links with the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra musical director David Little, who is from Longridge. AJ trained with WYJO before going on to Leeds College of Music and will be performing at the Wigan International Jazz Festival with his band in July.
“He has pledged all proceeds of a Christmas CD ‘Wrapped Up’ to the Rotary End Polio Now campaign, with which Stella is closely involved. It’s a small world!”
Stephanie, said of the developing links: “Our aim for the future is to establish a youth exchange programme between our two communities,” adding they were hoping to welcome Stella to this year’s festival.
Saturday’s fundraising Goosnargh and Whittingham spring jumble sale was a huge success, raising just over £1,300.
Stephanie says thanks go to all who supported it in any way, with a special mentions to Sharon Swarbrick and her team who raised £360 on the good-as-new stall, to Alex Johnson and to festival queen Georgia and queen-elect Abbie for their enthusiasm and hard work.