Lindfield URC welcomes band during Arts Festival

Lindfield United Reformed Church (URC) will once again play host to the Art Exhibition and many live performances at this year’s Lindfield Arts Festival. The church will also be putting on a very special youth celebration service at 6.30pm on Sunday 12th May.

The band Shackleton will lead the worship at the event. As well as performing at venues across the UK Shackleton have performed locally at a number of the N:Vision youth services in Cuckfield.

The events guest speaker Bekah Legg is Editor of Liberti magazine - a dynamic Christian magazine for women. 

The event will be free and promises to be a great evening and a brilliant close to a full weekend of activities in the church.

For more information check out the church website or contact youth pastor
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Lindfield Arts Festival hosts free music festival

The Lindfield Arts Festival has announced plans to create a fantastic free music festival as part of its programme this coming May. The musical element, organised by Hereward Kaye, Musical Director and Founder of Rok Skool in Haywards Heath, will provide a wonderful showcase for local talent. 

“We listened to the feedback we received from previous visitors which suggested that a large scale performance would be well received and could even become a regular feature each year,” said Gabrielle Hall, Director of the 2013 Festival. “We are thrilled to be working with Herry and his team at Rok Skool. Music is such an important element of the art festival and this year we want to provide a variety of performances and workshops that cater for all tastes.”

This exciting news followed confirmation that the Charity Commission has just registered the Lindfield Arts Festival as a charity. “The organising team is delighted,” said Gabrielle. “It was really important for us to secure the future for the festival which brings thousands of visitors to Lindfield each year,” she said. “We have to raise a substantial amount to pay for the festival and I hope that, with our new charity status, sponsoring the festival will be an even more attractive option for local businesses and funding bodies that we approach,” she continued.  

Full story in February's magazine.

Lindfield Arts Festival looks ahead with new director for 2013

By Claire Cooper

For Lindfield businesswoman Gabrielle Hall, life is getting ‘curiouser and curiouser’ – and she is delighted to have taken on a very creative role.

From establishing three of the village’s best loved shops, then moving on to set up a centre for creativity, spirituality and wellbeing in Ardingly, life rarely stands still for Gabrielle who is looking forward to her next exciting challenge – directing next year’s Lindfield Arts Festival, which she describes as stepping into ‘Wonderland.’

“I’ve always been very driven, with a strong sense of community,” said Gabrielle, who lives in the village with her two sons. “There’s a huge part of me that’s incredibly creative, so it’s natural for me to be involved with the Arts Festival. I studied fashion and textiles at art college many years ago and still enjoy creating art.” 

After agreeing to take up the role of Director for the 2013 Arts Festival, which runs from 10th-12th May, Gabrielle’s first job has been to shape the committee and register the Festival as a charity. “I’ve been delighted by the group of talented people who have volunteered their services,” she said. “We now have a committee of 20 plus people full of ideas and enthusiasm who share my vision and passion. This means we can really push the boundaries and already have some amazing ideas that could take the Festival to a whole new level!”

The theme of next year’s Festival is Imagination, Fantasy and Fairytales. “It’s all about stepping out of our normal reality and into wonderland,” said Gabrielle.

Excerpt from December 2012's magazine. Read more in the magazine, p.28