The sun shone brightly on the first Hilmarton/Goatacre Parish Art, Craft and Music Festival weekend and what a great weekend it was. 70 pieces of fantastic art and crafts were on display in the various venues throughout Hilmarton village showing an amazing array of talents across all age ranges. The children from the school put on a wonderful and imaginative show of art made from recycled ‘everything’ following a workshop by the Scrapstore.
The biggest piece of art by far was the Monument to the (Glass) Milkbottle some 20 feet high made by Richard Broadhead depicting the amount of plastic milk bottles used by one family in nine months.
The knitted house made by some 30 knitters of all ages and abilities finally took up it’s position in the school hall and was hailed by the public to be a great success. It will be at the Calne Heritage Centre from the 14th July for two weeks if you did not get a chance to see it at the festival.
The concert on the Saturday night was a delightful variety of music. Anna Ervine with Ukebox Jury was hugely entertaining (great voice Anna), Lingmara the Community Choir were a revelation giving us songs from across the world and even teaching the audience to sing in four parts, Pete and George our Hilmarton Jazz Duo were their usual fantastic selves. Special praise must go to our young performers Lily Packer and Helen Wiltshire who played the Flute Duet from Lakme so beautifully and professionally they were accompanied by Mary Forsyth, Joe Packer gave a really mature performance of America on the trumpet and Lauren Wiltshire played two pieces on the violin with such confidence. Delicious food and Pimms were served during the interval.