Nov. 21Events, LatestComments Off on Treasure Hunt 28th Dec!
Our popular Annual Treasure Hunt is coming up on Friday 28th December starting as usual at mid-day in the Alma. It’s a great way to fill the sometimes dead period between Christmas and New Year and there is stiff competition nowadays to win that cup! Entry is £3 for individuals and £8 for a family. Collect your clues from the Alma between midday and 1330, the cut-off for your answers is 1530.
For those of you staying in self contained caravans/camper vans we now have confirmation of our motorhome site for this year. Thanks to Tendring District Council, motorhomes and caravans may now stay overnight on Harwich Green for the three nights of the Festival.
Access is via Harbour Crescent (off B1352) only. There will be a Campsite Manager on site for most of the weekend, particularly during peak access times from mid-day Friday 5th until mid-day Saturday 6th to assist arrivals with parking. This year there is no need to book in advance, just turn up! Regretfully no tents and please note that there are no facilities on site, other than public toilets nearby (not 24 hours).
This is an attractive and spacious site, central for the town, but please park in the area nearest to the sea to cause least disturbance to local residents. More details including a map are on our venue page
Entry point, off Harbour Crescent, next to the kiosk.
The picture for this year’s T-Shirt was designed for us by local artist, singer and HISF Committee member Len Smith. The boat shown is a Harwich Bawley, which is boiling her catch of shrimps before returning to port. The term “bawley” may well be derived from the word “boiler”.
HH27, the “Boy Len”, was the last fishing vessel to work under sail out of Harwich, in the late 1940s. The boat was owned and sailed by brothers John and Ern Smith, who sold their catch from the building which is now The Samuel Pepys Wine Bar & Restaurant in Church Street, Harwich.
John and Ern named their boat after their nephew, Len “Archie” Smith, who was later to be Chief Coxwain of the Trinity House pilot launches… and the father of local artist, singer and HISF Committee member Len Smith!
Although listed as taking place on 21st April, this quiz will now take place on 8th May. Entry is £2.00 per person, with teams of up to 6. But don’t worry if you do not have a team. Just turn up and someone will find you one. Alma quizzes are always entertaining, wacky and original so don’t miss this one. They start at 8.00 p.m. prompt so get there 7.30 for a seat.
The Christmas Treasure Hunt has become a popular activity firmly established in the Harwich calendar of events and was extremely well attended this year. Due to poor weather, the Hunt was run over two days so that people who were not keen to venture out on the first, freezing, day had another chance. Despite this many people did brave the elements and we had a good turnout on both days. The clues were slightly tougher this year as too many people were previously tying for first place and with the stakes raised the results were more evenly spread.
We are very pleased to announce that the overall winners of the adult Treasure Hunt were Nick & Victoria May’s team and the overall winners of the Children’s Treasure Hunt were Lily & Evie May’s team, so well done to the talented May family!
Well the 2017 Festival is over – and what a Festival it was!
Far and away the best ever with a superb line up, appreciative audiences, great venues and the sun chose to shine on us all weekend. Our thanks to all committee, supporters, venues, artists, sponsors and everyone else who contributed to this year’s success.
So, whilst the committee gets on with the job of tying up all the loose ends left after each Festival, we are also already planning for next year’s Festival and other events.
We are thrilled to announce that the Shanty Festival won the latest round of the Asda Green Token scheme and have been presented with a cheque for £500. Deirdre from Asda presented the cheque to Pam Fitzgerald and Diane Bitmead from Harwich Shanty Festival.
Thanks to all local shoppers who voted for us and to Diane who organised our participation in the scheme.
Apr. 03LatestComments Off on Supermarket Fundraising
The Green Token scheme with Asda in Dovercourt started in July and runs until September. So please, all you Asda shoppers, pop a green token into the Shanty Festival slot and lets see if we can boost our funds!
The Green Token scheme in the local Co-Op has just finished and the Shanty Festival will be receiving £300 donation voted for by local shoppers. Thanks to everyone who popped a green token in our slot and thanks especially to Diane Bitmead, without whose hard work we would not be benefiting in this way.
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Time to get busy all you budding writers. John Kempster will be running another Spoken Word Session at this year’s Festival. Pieces do not have to be original, but new work is very much welcomed. See flier for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming up on 29th July is our FUNdraising Barn Dance!
This will be great fun for all the family dancing to the Skulking Loafers. The Barn Dance is at the Park Pavilion, Dovercourt from 7.30 p.m. on the 29th of July. Tickets £10 per adult (purchase via Harwich Box Office at Dovercourt Library or on the door that night), children are free.
Bar on site but please bring snacks/nibbles if required.
I’m sure many of you will already know this, but we just wanted to share that Joe Stead passed away on March 29th after a long battle with cancer. He has been to our festival several times in the past, singing with Kimbers Men and he will be sadly missed by all in the Folk world who knew him. RIP Joe x
Thanks to everyone who came along to our Pub Olympics on Saturday 25th February, either to compete or to help out. We raised £57.00 for the Shanty Festival. Not a huge amount, but more importantly a huge amount of fun was had by all – and just look at the concentration!
Some serious competing! We are going to include the event on the Shanty fundraising calendar, possibly monthly during the winter season, after some streamlining and re-organising. Meanwhile congratulations to Sarah Adie for 1st prize and cup and to Annie Donaldson as runner up.
Dec. 18LatestComments Off on 2016 Shanty CD available
There are still a few 2016 compilation CDs left in stock. Price now reduced to £5.00 plus £2.00 p&p. If you live locally (no postage) please enquire at the Alma, Hanover or New Bell. Otherwise please email email@example.com for postal address
Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership will again be running special Shanty Trains along the picturesque Mayflower Line between Manningtree & Harwich Town. With Shanty singing, pirates, activity packs and prizes.