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    2016 Festival Programme

    2016 Festival Programme sent to print

    We are extremely happy to let you know that we have now finalised information about the 80 events that will be featured in our 2016 printed programme.

    Please note that we will use it also to promote all other, newly registered events so do spread the word and encourage your friends to continue registering their events with us.

    Our event registrations are open until 11 June 2016 so please keep sending your new events to us.

    In the meantime you can download the electronic version of our printed programme here.

    We are fundraising with Waitrose – please support us!

    You might have seen us in the title of the middle box of green tokens at Wantage Waitrose.

    We are extremely happy that our fundraising application was approved and we are spending all May collecting little green tokens – please, if you are shopping or grabbing your morning coffee there, do leave your green tockens in our box.

    This will help us help you all run your amazing events!

    Thank you to Waitrose and to all of you who already supported us this way!

    Keep them coming!

    Thank you to Oxford Mail for supporting us!

    One of our major challenges is communication – we aim to reach as many local residents as possible to promote the wonderful events registered this year. So we are extremely happy to see that our local media outlets are reading our newsletters and share our calls to the public.

    Please check out this recent Oxford Mail article for example.

    Thank you to Oxford Mail and all other local media outlets for all their support!

    Volunteer for us!

    We are all volunteers and we would love you all to join us. Our event organisers will need help during the festival and we will need a bit of your help too. It’s a great opportunity to move out, socialise a bit and have fun during our Festival events.

    To find out more please join us at 19.00 on Thursday 26 May at the Vale and Downland Museum.

    This briefing meeting is open to the public and you don’t have to RSVP – just join us then and there. Thank you!

    We would like to use this opportunity to say thank you to KA Academy, Sue Cronin and to our digital volunteers who are doing great job preparing for the Festival.

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    Please support us at Waitrose

    Waitrose Wantage team have been extremely supportive by featuring us as one of the May fundraising causes. Please if you have a green token, do donate it to us! Thank you once again to Waitrose for their support and thank you for every single donation!

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    You are invited to join our final 2016 briefing meeting

    2016 Festival Programme sent to print

    We are extremely happy to let you know that we have now finalised information about the 80 events that will be featured in our 2016 printed programme.

    Please note that we will use it also to promote all other, newly registered events so do spread the word and encourage your friends to continue registering their events with us.

    Our event registrations are open until 11 June 2016.

    You are invited to join our final 2016 briefing meeting

    WSF Committee would like to invite all event organisers, volunteers, digital journalists, media and all other local community members to the final briefing meeting to discuss preparations to 2016 Wantage Summer Festival.

    Please join us at 19.00 on Thursday 26 May at the Vale and Downland Museum.

    This briefing meeting is open to the public and you don’t have to RSVP – just join us then and there. Thank you!

    Would you like to have a stall at the Festival Opening Weekend?

    If you are interested in running a stall during our Opening Weekend (11-12 June) combined with #WantageQ90 celebrations please email Katie at wantagedeputy@btconnect.com.

    Please note that stalls need to follow the Royal theme and tombola stalls are not allowed.

    You have the opportunity to book a stall for Saturday 11 June in the Manor Park and/or for Sunday 12 June in the Market Place.

    Please don’t respond to this newsletter email. Email wantagedeputy@btconnect.com directly. Thank you.

    Volunteers welcome to join our team

    We have spent over 200 hours on community engagement and planning of 2016 Festival and now we feel we might need your help too. Would you like to volunteer?
    You can help us in many ways:
    1. Donate your time in preparations and during the Festival events – even if you just have an hour, you can help.
    2. Donate your expertise – we need help in many areas of our preparatory work (research, design, online coverage, ticket sales) but we also need advice and new ideas! Just get in touch!
    3. Be part of our organising team in summer 2016.

    It really does not matter how much time you can offer us – we appreciate all support!
    Just fill out the form on http://www.wantagesummerfestival.com/volunteer page.

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    2016 Programme Events Announced

    WSF Committee is extremely happy to announce that over 70 events were already registered for 2016 and will be featured in our printed programme. We are really happy to see many of established Festival organisers coming back this year – just to mention a few: Wantage Camera Club’s ‘Audio Visual Spectacular’, Brian Stovold’s ‘Guided Walks’, Howard Hill’s ‘Wantage Presents’, Wantage Music Festival, ‘Art in the (Betjeman) Park’, Dylanfest by Sweatbox (remember their brilliant Rock in the Park?). We also welcome many new ideas: Mike White’s ‘Ghost Tours’, the Summer Fete at Wantage CE Primary and at the Fitzwaryn School, (Not-Just) Betjeman Festival’s ‘Great Book Quiz’, fashion shows, family events, meetups, talks, concerts and many more. Please keep checking out our events page as the list is still growing: http://www.wantagesummerfestival.com/2016events. 

    Don’t forget: we are working on the printed programme now but you can still register events with us and use our website and social channels for promotion.

    We are looking for volunteers to help us during the Festival

    As you might know, WSF Committee consists of only volunteers so we would really really need your help during our summer events. You can get involved by donating: your time in the run-up to the Festival preparations and during the Festival events – even if you just have an hour, you can help; your expertise – we need help in many areas of our preparatory work (distributing programmes, online coverage, ticket sales) and we also need advice and new ideas.
    What’s in it for you?
    – Feel-good by supporting your local community.
    – Acquire new skills – we have a good team of professionals specialising in fundraising, community work, legal, digital tools, online marketing, photography and much more.
    -Do something else, something new.
    -Socialise, have fun, meet new friends, particularly if you are new to Wantage and the area.
    It really does not matter how much time you can offer us – we appreciate all support.

    Celebrate #WantageQ90 and Festival Opening with us!

    Wantage Summer Festival Committee is involved in planning of The Queen’s 90th Birthday  celebrations in Wantage. Our Festival Opening and the Wantage Hosts The Queen’s 90th celebrations start on Saturday at midday at the Wantage Manor Park and continue on Sunday in the Market Square.

    To join the online discussions please use the event hashtag #WantageQ90 in social media and like our dedicated Facebook events:
    Saturday – http://bit.ly/WantageQ90Sat
    Sunday – http://bit.ly/WantageQ90Sun

    More info about Wantage and the Area celebrations coming shortly.  Please check our website: www.wantagesummerfestival.com closer to the date.

    For event organisers – Update your event information

    We are currently finalising the design of our printed programme so it’s time for you to check all the details of your registered event on our website, send us a featured image and let us know if you want your contact details to be featured too.

    We have explain in our ‘Event Organiser’s Guide’ that we aim to help only with online tickets sales – please check and confirm if you need our support with ticketing.

    Please remember that we will be able to add more details to your event later but we would also like to start promoting your events – so don’t wait too long!

    We will be in touch over email with all organisers and we will invite your all to a briefing meeting planned for the second half of May 2016.

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    Deadline extended

    Event Registrations Open – Deadline Extended until 31st March!

    Four more weeks left to register your event to be featured in our printed programme!

    Event Registrations Open – Deadline Extended until 31st March!

    Four more weeks left to register your event to be featured in our printed programme!

    Thank you for all your registrations. We have now over 40 registered events (we are processing and publishing them slowly here) and a few more in the process of finalising details. For that very reason we have decided that the deadline of event registrations for our printed programme has now been extended. We will wait until the end of March to finalise the programme design to give you all more time to organise your events.

    If you have all the basic information about your event (date, time, location, short information) click over to register your event now:

    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6Z9XXQK

    Please read our Event Organiser Guide before submitting the above mentioned Event Registration Form. You can also find both on our website.

    Digital Journalism Project update!

    We are extremely happy to announce that we have started our work on the Digital Journalism Project for 2016 and we would like to thank Sue Cronin from King Alfred’s Academy for all her help and support in starting it. We would also like to thank all our digital interns for their interest in this project. We will share more details of this project in the upcoming weeks.

    Thank you for all your support!

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    Two weeks left to register your events

    EVENT REGISTRATIONS OPEN!

    TWO WEEKS LEFT TO REGISTER YOUR EVENT TO BE FEATURED IN OUR PRINTED PROGRAMME!

    Thank you so much for registering your first events! Please remember that if you want to be featured in our printed programme this year you need to submit your information before the end of February so you have only two weeks left!

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    EVENT REGISTRATIONS OPEN!

    TWO WEEKS LEFT TO REGISTER YOUR EVENT TO BE FEATURED IN OUR PRINTED PROGRAMME!

    Thank you so much for registering your first events! Please remember that if you want to be featured in our printed programme this year you need to submit your information before the end of February so you have only two weeks left!
    If you have all the basic information about your event (date, time, location, short information) click over to register your event now:

    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6Z9XXQK

    Please read our Event Organiser Guide before submitting the above mentioned Event Registration Form. You can also find both on our website.

    WANTAGE SUMMER FESTIVAL 2016 THEMES:

    To help you with ideas for Festival events we have prepared this handy visual – please use it and share it with your friends. And remember – we are always open to new ideas. Get in touch if in doubt.

    BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP PROJECT UPDATE – SPONSOR US!

    We are extremely happy to announce that we have started our work on the Business Sponsorship Project for 2016. If you are interested in sponsoring us, please get in touch!

    As part of this project we are working with a team of talented students from University of Oxford on shaping opportunities for businesses in Wantage and the surrounding area to benefit from getting involved. You might have the opportunity to talk to them tomorrow (Saturday) as they will be visiting Wantage and talking to our local businesses.

    THANK YOU TO WANTAGE LIBRARY AND TO HARWELL INNOVATION CAMPUS COMMUNICATIONS TEAMS:

    We would like to say a big thank you to the Wantage Library for their continuous support. Wantage Library management have kindly offered us their display for this summer as well, so if you want your event to be featured there please register is asap and submit your promotional items to our team.

    We would also like to thank the communications teams of organisations based at Harwell Innovation Campus who met us last month to explore how they may be able to help us with the science and technology events.

    THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!