Folk ready to celebrate
TENTERDEN Folk Festival is defying the economic climate as plans for its staging progress well, according to its organiser. Festival director Alan Castle claims that funding and prospects are good for this year’s event, to be staged throughout the town from Friday, October 2, to Sunday, October 4. He said: “Events will take place in a variety of venues including The Tenterden Club and St Mildred’s church hall, the Woolpack, the White Lion and the Vine. “The craft fair will, as usual, take place on Saturday and Sunday in the Assembly Rooms of the town hall, with more stalls in the High Street.” He added: “More than 35 morris sides and other folk dance teams – many new to the festival – have already signed up for the weekend and will be dancing around the town.” The annual festival, which attracts musicians and fans from around the world, has also received a boost to its funding after being awarded a Grassroots Grant through the Kent Community Foundation. Mr Castle said: “The grant will help us to promote the festival and upgrade some of our equipment.” The festival has also received a donation from the Concertina Charitable Trust, a charity which makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment for the elderly.
For more information visit www.te nterdenfolkfestival.org.uk