The 10 Parishes Festival has just received news of a welcome £2,000 business grant from Taunton Deane Borough Council.
The 10 Parishes Festival, held every two years in and around Wiveliscombe in September, is a major showcase for 100 artists and craftspeople – as well as providing extra trade for local shops and a host of stallholders at the highly popular Street Market and Carnival.
“We are delighted Taunton Deane Borough Council is giving us this support. The Festival is an invaluable economic opportunity for the many artists in this area, and it gives a great boost to traders and local charities as well,” said Pauline Homeshaw, Director of the 10 Parishes Festival (pictured).
The cost of running the Festival is over £10,000, including a specially printed artist guide and directory.
It was estimated that artist sales during the nine day event previously amounted to nearly £30,000, while local charities benefited to the tune of £35,000 and shops and stallholders did excellent trade at the special one day Street Market and Carnival organised by the Festival.
“We’re planning great things and looking forward to a 2013 event that’s better than ever,” said Pauline.
Cllr Norman Cavill, Lead Executive Member for Economic Development at Taunton Deane Borough Council said: “The Council is very pleased to support this programme of innovative cultural activities in the 10 Parishes. The programme will directly benefit a significant number of artists and local businesses, and will also strengthen Wiveliscombe’s role as the market and cultural hub for the area.”
The Festival is operated by the Wiveliscombe Area Partnership, a registered charity.