Dame Joan Bakewell, was born and educated in Stockport. She is one of the country’s foremost journalists and broadcasters and was awarded a life peerage in 2010. She has a special interest in the arts and the elderly, and said:
“I am delighted to give High Peak Community Arts my support. Their work is so thoroughly worthwhile and their zeal for their projects exactly what is needed. I hope they go from strength to strength.”
Dawn Bryan, one of our Trustees said:
“We are delighted to have such a patron. It is a real boost to all our workers and those who continue to benefit from our projects. It’s a lovely way to celebrate our first 35 years and we are very grateful to Dame Joan for her support and encouragement”
A small group of participants, staff and trustees met Joan on 24th July in Buxton to tell her more about our work.
Thirteen year old Georgia Tyler from Fairfield talked to Dame Joan about some of the writing and art work she had been doing as part of the Tall Tales project and the Young Writers’ Camp she had attended.
Gillian Ayre from Glossop also spoke to Dame Joan about the work she has done with the organisation. She is their longest standing participant and started with a creative writing project for adults in which they created a book: “Me, with No Imagination” in 1992.
She showed Dame Joan some of her writing, including a piece she had composed about a trip to Alaska in which she wrote. ‘I’m struck by the silence of this huge and remote place, a place few have seen from the air. All of this achieved despite the wheelchair, which seemed to be an extended part of me’.
“The meeting with Joan Bakewell was terrific. I felt completely at ease with her and I felt that she was really interested in what we were doing. She was really very encouraging and a wonderful person”
She also added:
“The High Peak Community Arts classes like Project eARTh are so very important to people like me. Everyone is treated the same in these classes, we learn so much and make good friends.”
High Peak Community Arts staff Alison Bowry and Sophie Mackreth said the meeting with Dame Joan had been a real boost for the organisation.
Chair of trustees, Ann Lyon, said:
“We are delighted by the continuing support of Dame Joan Bakewell and enjoyed updating her on current and future activities at the meeting in Buxton. We are hoping that others will join Joan in supporting High Peak Community Arts and the valuable work they do.”
Bella Hardy is a contemporary musician, singer and songwriter from Edale in Derbyshire, UK, who performs a combination of traditional and self-penned material. She was named Folk Singer of the Year at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, having previously won the award for Best Original Song in 2012 for “The Herring Girl”.
At age 13, Bella began performing at UK festivals, and in 2004 reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award, having taught herself to fiddle-sing. Following a BA in English Literature and a Masters degree in Music, Bella released her debut album Night Visiting in 2007. Since then, she has released seven solo albums and a number of collaborative CDs, been nominated for five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and America’s Folk Alliance Best International Album Award, toured support for grammy award winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, been selected as an official showcase artist for WOMEX, appeared across national radio and television in the UK, and toured around the world.
“We are delighted to have Bella on board as an Ambassador for our work. She is a fantastic role model for other young people in the High Peak, who are interested in Music” (Alison Bowry, Creative Programme Manager)