Philippa Simpson

Royal Bank Tower
Margaret Bates




New Year Meeting – Tuesday 15 January 2019
The BRBAC New Year meeting will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 15 January 2019, at Orbit Shed’s venue at St Luke’s Church, Church Road, South Park, Reigate, RH2 8HY. The gathering will offer the opportunity to meet informally with representatives of other societies, with the chance to watch the Orbit Shed children perform for 5 to 10 minutes.

Grant applications – deadline of 31 December
This is a reminder to all societies seeking additional financial support that the deadline to apply for a BRBAC grant this year is 31 December 2018. Blank grant application forms, which should be completed and submitted by this date, as well as guidance on completion, can be obtained from Steve Lawrenson on or 01737 767061.
We would particularly welcome any member societies who have not applied in previous years (N.B. to qualify a member should be amateur / voluntary in nature and resident within the Borough), as well as societies seeking assistance with capital projects, though funding for operational activities is still very much actively considered.

Festival review / update
This year's BRBAC Festival officially got going on Saturday 13th October, with societies publicising events on festival website,, created by our festival sponsors Yes We Do Websites. So far one third of our member groups have used the website to publicise their events in the festival period and have branded their performances and exhibitions with the Take Part Arts Festival logo.

On Saturday 27th October we had the Take Part Festival Gala at The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill. During the day 30 young people aged 7 to 18 took part in singing, dancing and drama workshops with BRBAC member groups. In the evening six member groups, three adult based and three child based, performed for The Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, Councillor Mrs Dorothy Ross-Tomlin, her consort and an audience of over 200 local people. It was a great celebration of engagement in performing, with local performers of all ages and backgrounds getting the opportunity to perform on a professional stage.

This year the festival has included art exhibitions, literary talks, classical, jazz and rock performances, book clubs, music concerts, photographic exhibitions, embroidery exhibitions, singing workshops, drama taster sessions, plays, operettas, Scottish country dancing and open mic sessions. And it is not over yet, we still have events at The Yard, two Big Sing events with the Include Choir, concerts from Redhill Sinfonia and English Arts Chorale and a variety of other events before the official end of the festival on December 1st.

So if you haven't checked out the website yet, have a look, it is still developing and improving every week. If you have participated in any way in the festival, thank you for being part of a vibrant local arts community in Reigate and Banstead. And if you didn't ‘Take Part’ this time, we hope that you will in the future.

Copy deadline for next newsletter: 3rd February 2019

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