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Congratulations to the winner Cody Southern, with our two runners up being Imogen Teare and Edith Clarke. There were also seven Highly Commended stories. All 10 winners received Waterstones book tokens, with their winning stories being displayed in the children’s section of Yeovil Waterstones.
To further enable the YCAA to give grants to young people, it is always good to know that other groups of people appreciate what our charity does for young people in our area, as well as our bringing brilliant speakers to Yeovil for art and cultural events.
Fundraising is primarily done by the Yeovil Literary Prize, but donations from children who do something to help other children is always humbling. For the second year, Hazelgrove Preparatory School have thought of other children when deciding where to channel the profits they raised by marketing memorabilia from their end of term drama production this summer. This is such a happy school where, at the end of the pupils’ time at the school, hard work and enjoyment mingle in a theatre setting that not only nurtures dance, singing, stage design, costumes, lighting and everything that makes a successful production, but there are ‘behind the scenes’ skills to be learned, where marketing and memorabilia enhance the production. By selling related items the children were able to donate £750 to the YCAA to help other children in their studies. Congratulations and many thanks to everyone involved!
Hazelgrove School pupils presenting a cheque to the YCAA
Another event that raises funds for our work is the annual Dance! Dance! Dance! show that takes place each summer in The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil. This event is normally organised by one of the local dance schools and this year Helen Laxton, once again, showed our audience what an array of talent there is in our area.
This show enables young people, who attend classes throughout the academic year to learn dance, the opportunity to perform on a professional stage. What a buzz is generated in our fantastic theatre, and I’m sure that is where the seeds of success for a future in dance are nurtured.
This year the Helen Laxton School of Dance, together with the South Somerset Performing Arts students, did two performances and raised an amazing £4072 for the YCAA to use in giving grants to young people studying the arts.
Liz Pike receiving the cheque from Helen and her students
This was an amazing success and we boosted our funds after commissioning a beautiful plate for the winner from Elizabeth Clark. Our very special judge on the day was renowned chef, Lesley Waters, who happily chose winners from the three categories. At the end we all had a chance to taste the cakes with £1 per slice adding to the YCAA funds.
Look at the happy pictures and you’ll see what a brilliant afternoon it was. Thanks must go to Mike Burks from the Gardens Group who generously hosted the event; we really enjoy working with his staff at Brimsmore, including Cath Collins and the restaurant girls and boys, as well as Amy Brice from Freshly Ground PR, who looks after promotional posters and flyers etc.
Lesley Waters commences her difficult task of judging three categories.
Lesley with Faye Edmondson and Elaine Sharp – two of the winners. Lesley is holding Ceri’s winning cake.
Ceri Owen holding her winner’s plate (painted by Elizabeth Clark) with Elaine Buckley and Liz Pike from the YCAA. Thanks to Elaine for organising a fantastic event.
Our next event at Brimsmore is the YCAA Arts Quiz with question master Nigel Armitstead in October which will also boost our fundraising efforts.
The Yeovil Literary Festival opens with a literary dinner, which also is a fundraiser for the YCAA. This year we have a special speaker in Jason Goodwin, because Jason was also our judge in the novel category of the Yeovil Literary Prize. Tickets are £25 from the box office of The Octagon Theatre, and the dinner of a champagne style reception followed by a three course meal with coffee and mints is being held at The Manor Hotel on Thursday 20th October 2016. As far as fundraising is concerned, our champagne style reception is being donated by a special friend to the YCAA whom we affectionately call ‘our anonymous gentleman’, as he likes to stay in the background. With special thanks to him also.