Council Provides Funding For Cultural Events

The Council is likely to fund two spring cultural events in Scilly, with members discussing grant requests of around £1100 for a theatre contest and a choral event.

Members heard that Jenny Byers needs support for a ‘one-act play’ festival, organised as part of Art Scilly.

The one-off event will encourage islanders to write a play, which will be judged by Paul Dodgson, a former Eastenders writer.

Paul has hosted writing workshops for Lifelong Learning in Scilly previously.

The top three plays will be performed as part of Art Scilly from May.

The entire event will cost over £3000 and members agreed to fund £620, which will go towards Paul’s judging costs of £2315.

Christine Savill wanted to know how much interest there had been in the festival as the cut-off date for expression of interest had passed earlier in the month.

Committee secretary Peter Laverock suggested that the offer be worded to allow flexibility in funding amounts if the event was smaller or “didn’t fly at all.”

A request by Canon Peter Walker for support in funding the Truro Cathedral Choir’s visit for a programme of concerts was also considered by the Policy and Resources committee

Around 45 people, including 18 boy choristers, will be over on Easter Week between the 10th and 13th of April.

However, members hadn’t received a written application, although Chairman Marian Bennett felt Canon Walker needed around £500 for food and meals.

The decision on funding has been delegated to Marian and Vice-Chairman David Pearson.


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