Chesil Rocks Gets A Standing Ovation

Chesil Rocks Gets A Standing Ovation

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 9:31am 28th June 2016.

A hugely successful Chesil Rocks music and arts festival took place on the 18th June at the home of organisers Tim and Hilary Warren at Higher Farm House, Langton Herring.

A hugely successful Chesil Rocks music and arts festival took place on the 18th June at the home of organisers Tim and Hilary Warren at Higher Farm House, Langton Herring. Now in its fifth year, the event again supported Samaritans of Dorset and like preceding years, all tickets to the 500 capacity event were sold. Proceeds are still being counted but are expected to amount to a significant contribution towards Samaritans’ budget.

Aimed at music, comedy and storytelling lovers whatever their taste, a wide array of quality music, comedy and storytelling was performed on four stages. Music performances included sets from headlining bands Jess Upton & the Guilty Pleasures, the Gravity Drive and the Million Dollar Bash. Also performing were local acts Wilson, Jolly Boys Outing, Ken Watkins, Hustle, the Mighty Fine, Slipstream, the C Sharp Blues Band, the John Stone Band, George and the Red Rangers, Ian Sedwell, the Portesham Ukulele Band, Tamara Konstantin, Darron Garnett, the Unprepared Jug Band, the Dorset Wrecks, Seren, Magdalena Atkinson and the Band of the New Hardy Players. From further afield came The Strange and the Beautiful, Sarah de Warren and Meredith Baker

There were comedy acts from Tom Glover, Alf, Maggie Whitehouse and Wayne the Weird and storytelling from Jenny Moon. Catering for people of all ages, there were many activities for younger people including face painting and fossil painting, hair braiding, a den and play area and a storyteller.

The weather remained kind and although cloudy for most of the day, the rain fortunately held off. Many attendees thought it the best Chesil Rocks yet.  The event was caught spectacularly from the air by Matt Kilsby who wins this year’s Photograph Competition and two tickets to next year’s event.

Hilary Warren said “We are extremely grateful to our helpers and volunteers, in particular to John Lewis and Patrick and Lisa Warren, also to David Webb, Jean Lucas and Di Gilliver from Samaritans, Lesley Balmer our Treasurer, John Mason, Stuart and Lesley Bainbridge, John and Janine Nunney from Portesham, our daughters Sidonie (who designed the programme), Hannah and Sarah, helpers Rebecca Hayward and Max Neilson (aged 9), volunteers from Langton Herring and Portesham and to the Langton Herring Village Hall and Fete Committees”. 

We are also greatly indebted to many sponsors and businesses for generous donations, but in particular to Magna Housing Association, Poundbury Dental Practice, Vivid Commercial Interiors, John Richards, Studio B, Bristol, Weymouth and Portland Scaffolding, Dorchester Round Table and AJ Wakely & Son. We are very grateful to Green Frog Training for providing first aid cover, Real World Services for security and to Atlantic Audio for doing such a great job with the sound on the main stages and to Ian Sedwell and Sarah de Warren who looked after the Marquee Stage. Many thanks also to Hogleaze Haylage for providing our straw bales. A special mention to Robert and Anne Mayo for allowing those attending to park on their land and to local residents for tolerating the event for the fifth year!

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