Volunteers required!

Since 2010 the unique and historic village of Lindfield in Mid Sussex has hosted this spectacular annual arts events and helped Lindfield to become the creative hub in Mid Sussex.

During that time the Lindfield Arts Festival has attracted many thousands of visitors from far and wide, to celebrate art in all its forms. Everyone involved believes passionately in the aims of the Festival, which are to advance the education of the public in the arts in all their forms through delivering an exciting and dynamic annual arts event that will enhance the quality of life for people living within Mid-Sussex and the surrounding areas.

Participants come from a wide area and demonstrate the amazing talent to be found in the South East of England and especially the local area. The Festival has a superb reputation amongst creative individuals and festival devotees.

The Trustees are looking to expand the Team of Volunteers and are looking for the following support.:

Role titles

PR, Marketing & Communications Officer | Event Promotion Volunteer | Fund-raising Co-ordinator  | Fund-raising Volunteer | Creative Programme Organiser | Programme Volunteer | Events Manager | Venue Co-ordinator | Festival Volunteer

What will I be doing?

All the roles and responsibilities are discussed with each volunteer. However, depending on the role you decide on, you may be asked to:

  • help identify local promotional opportunities such as within shops, gyms and clubs

  • act as an ambassador by promoting the event among your friends, family and colleagues

  • distribute event materials such as posters and leaflets in your local area

  • help the marketing team to coordinate and deliver marketing activity.

  • develop strategies and setting goals to hit fund-raising targets

  • find people to donate money

  • keep in touch with existing donors and stakeholders

  • meet and greet participants and spectators

  • help set up and clear down the event

  • help with administration

What skills, experience and attributes do I need?

Along with having a community spirit, a keen interest in the Arts and great communication and interpersonal skills, we ask that you are:

  • flexible and pro‐active

  • able to take the initiative and think creatively

  • enthusiastic about the Lindfield Arts Festival

  • willing to work as part of a team.

If you have specific skills and experience that you think might be useful and relevant to Lindfield Arts Festival, such as events marketing, or PR—please let us know when you apply.

Who will I be volunteering with?

You’ll be volunteering as part of the team making the Lindfield Arts Festival an annual reality, working with other volunteers and LAF Trustees, helping to ensure that the event is successful, inclusive and meets its objectives.

How much time will I be expected to give?

We’ll value any amount of time you can give, whether it’s a couple of hours once a month, or a day a week in the lead up to an event. Specific roles may involve time and energy in the planning and preparation of the Festival. We will hope that you can commit to the event itself.

Things you need to know

For volunteers at the Lindfield Arts Festival, we’ll provide essential kit such as a tabard, but you will need to dress appropriately for the conditions and the task. For administrative roles, we have templates, databases and previous Festival archives to refer to.

What can I expect from Lindfield Arts Festival?

In return for your valuable help we aim to ensure that volunteering for the LAF is a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. You’ll have support from the Trustees, with the opportunity to gain and develop skills and meet other volunteers.

I am interested, what is the next step?

If you’d like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, register your interest online today at http://lindfieldartsfestival.com/home/event-volunteering/ and we’ll be in touch. More information: enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com

Lindfield Arts Festival is a Registered Charity No 1150304

Frequently asked questions

Q 1. I’d like to become more involved with the Arts Festival. Can I volunteer to help on the day and how do I do this?

=> Absolutely! Volunteers are the heart and soul of our festival. Without the help and dedication from them and the community we would not be able to host a successful festival. e-mail us: enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com

Q 2. Are there any opportunities for a late food stall/entertainment/bands?

=> Please email us with your offering. You can to stay updated on applications for 2017 by checking the website or contacting enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com

Q 3. Will there be designated parking areas on the day?

=> We strongly encourage you to use public transport to prevent congestion around the area on Festival day. The High Street will be closed; however there are car parks in The Wilderness, off Compton Road and in Denmans Lane. The Common also has public car parking available beside both the Bowling Green and Tennis Courts.

Q 4. What is the main initiative behind the Lindfield Arts Festival concept?

=> The Lindfield Arts Festival was conceived as a platform to showcase local talent, arts, drama and music. It is a canvas for the community to have a voice and for ideas, concepts and creativity to be shared with everybody in the area. A playground for all businesses, sponsors, local artists and the community to come to join in the fun!

Q 5. Do I need a ticket to get into any areas on the day of the Festival?

=> The Lindfield Arts Festival is generally a completely free community event*, which we have our sponsors to thank for! We strive to keep the Festival open to all members of the public to enjoy as part of the local culture! However, there are restrictions on capacity to some events which means you need to register in advance to attend to avoid disappointment.

* There a couple of workshop events which require a fee. Register for your ticket and pay at SWALK in advance of the event. Numbers will be restricted

Q 6. Where are the toilets located?

=> Public toilets, including disabled facilities are situated in Denmans Lane, behind the Co-op Supermarket. Most event venues will also have amenities.

Q 7 . Will the Festival programmes be available in advance?

=> Yes. Printed copies will be distributed throughout the High Street in businesses leading up to Festival day, on the festival day itself around the festival site, and The Lindfield Arts Festival information stall will have programme copies as well. These will be available to pick up very soon! Programme available on the wesbsite, look under the Events tab to see the activities during the day.

Q 8. What services and activities are available for people with a disability?

=> Please contact enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com for more information. However, participation in the Graffiti workshops, the circus performances and activities are suitable for people with learning difficulties, low skill levels and physical challenges. There is a disabled toilet in Denmans Lane. The majority of the venues are wheelchair accessible.

Q 9. Is it possible to access an ATM during the Festival and where will it be located?

=> Unfortunately Lindfield does not have a public ATM accessible to the street. However the Post Office is open all day and has the facility to withdraw money. The Co-op offers a ‘cashback’ service on purchasing goods.

Q 10. Are there any BYO areas?

=> No. Lindfield Arts Festival or Lindfield High Street are NOT licensed for any kind of public drinking and there are strict laws in place. On the spot fines may be issued by local Police.

Q 11. Where’s good to eat and drink in Lindfield?

Lindfield has several pubs, cafés and restaurants that will be open on Saturday 17th September. If you specifically want a table at a certain time, it is recommended you book in advance.

Q 12. What activities/stalls should we check out if we have limited time at the festival?

=> If you are interested in local arts and crafts the displays in the King Edward Hall are essential viewing. To listen to singing and performing music, check the URC timetable. If you want to admire the graffiti, classic cars and circus performers just stay on the High Street. You should also catch the local dramatic society performing a street play. The times are all online so you can plan the best time to come down and enjoy the day on limited time.

Q 13. We are a young family, what do you have in store for us?

=> There are a number of workshops for under 10s to join, as well as animated talks. Some of the performances will be engaging. The programme is specifically family friendly. The circus activities, graffiti workshops and creative workshops will be ideal for young families.

Q 14. Who are major sponsors of the Festival?

=> Without the support of the local councils, grant funders, sponsors and Friends of the Festival, the Lindfield Arts Festival would not happen. We appreciate their generosity and assistance to bring everything together for a fun-filled weekend.

Q 15. Where can I find more information or who do I contact about the Festival?

=> Any questions can be directed to enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com Alternatively, our Facebook page is a great resource for information!

Q 16. Who is responsible for the organisation of The Lindfield Arts Festival?

=> The Lindfield Arts Festival charity, 1150304 are the owners of the Festival. The Trustees and a volunteer committee organise the event.

Q 17. Is the Lindfield Art Festival family friendly event?

=> Yes, absolutely. The event is aimed at children and adults to help families have a great day out.

Q 18. Do I have to pay for the Festival?

=> There are no entry fees. Most of the events at the Festival are free. Please look at the website for paid or donation required events.

Q 19. How long does the Festival last for?

=> The festival starts on 17th Sept 2016, in the evening and ends on 19th Sept 2016. Sunday 18th September, the Festival will be joining the Haywards Heath celebrations in their procession from the railway station to Victoria Park.

Q 20. How do I get to the Festival?

=> Nearest train station is Haywards Heath. Buses and Taxis available to get in the village. We will publish alternative bus routes as soon as we are given the details.

Q 21. Will there be food and drink available at the festival?

=> Yes – There will be food and drink stalls plus food served at the local pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Q 22. Emergency contact?

=> Saturday 17th there will be an Information Stall outside Field & Forrest.

Q 23. Where do I find the schedule of all the events in the festival.

=> Please check the programme link on the website:
http://lindfieldartsfestival.com/events/

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Volunteers required! More help needed ;)

One of the most frequent questions we, the volunteer team behind the Lindfield Arts festival, are asked is: “I’d like to become more involved with the Arts Festival. Can I volunteer to help on the day and how do I do this?”

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our festival. Without the help and dedication from them and the community we would not be able to host a successful festival.

So, do you have an hour or two to spare to help us distribute programmes at either Haywards Heath Station or at the large Sainsburys?

  • Sainsburys booked on Wednesday 31st August from 10.00am – 1.00pm and Sunday 11th September again from 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • HH station booked to distribute programmes on September 1st between 5.30-7.30pm

Could you help us with handing our the programmes? We’d be most pleased and certainly it will help spread the word about our terrific Saturday 17th September programme.

There are some excellent motives to volunteer, and people volunteer for a wide variety of reasons.

Sometimes the main reason is altruistic in wanting to help others but selfishly, it could be so you reap a benefit; and if you are job searching there is even more reason to consider being a volunteer.

Be part of your community
Being part of a volunteering project gives one a strong sense of community and working with like-minded, passionate people, all working for the same cause, can be very invigorating and rewarding.

Volunteering is not just about giving your time and energy or sharing your knowledge; it is a two-way process that can make you feel valued, be occupied and whilst volunteering you can develop your skills and expertise and explore an alternative career.

For more information please e-mail: enquires@lindfieldartsfestival.com

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FAQ about the Lindfield Arts Festival

Q 1. I’d like to become more involved with the Arts Festival. Can I volunteer to help on the day and how do I do this?

=> Absolutely! Volunteers are the heart and soul of our festival. Without the help and dedication from them and the community we would not be able to host a successful festival. e-mail us: enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com 

Q 2. Are there any opportunities for a late food stall/entertainment/bands?

=> Please email us with your offering. You can to stay updated on applications for 2017 by checking the website or contacting enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com

 

Q 3. Will there be designated parking areas on the day?

=> We strongly encourage you to use public transport to prevent congestion around the area on Festival day. The High Street will be closed; however there are car parks in The Wilderness, off Compton Road and in Denmans Lane. The Common also has public car parking available beside both the Bowling Green and Tennis Courts.

Q 4. What is the main initiative behind the Lindfield Arts Festival concept?

=> The Lindfield Arts Festival was conceived as a platform to showcase local talent, arts, drama and music. It is a canvas for the community to have a voice and for ideas, concepts and creativity to be shared with everybody in the area. A playground for all businesses, sponsors, local artists and the community to come to join in the fun!

Q 5. Do I need a ticket to get into any areas on the day of the Festival?

=> The Lindfield Arts Festival is generally a completely free community event*, which we have our sponsors to thank for! We strive to keep the Festival open to all members of the public to enjoy as part of the local culture! However, there are restrictions on capacity to some events which means you need to register in advance to attend to avoid disappointment.

There a couple of workshop events which require a fee. Register for your ticket and pay at SWALK in advance of the event. Numbers will be restricted

Q 6. Where are the toilets located?

=> Public toilets, including disabled facilities are situated in Denmans Lane, behind the Co-op Supermarket. Most event venues will also have amenities.

Q 7 . Will the Festival programmes be available in advance?

=> Yes. Printed copies will be distributed throughout the High Street in businesses leading up to Festival day, on the festival day itself around the festival site, and The Lindfield Arts Festival information stall will have programme copies as well. These will be available to pick up very soon! Programme available on the wesbsite, look under the Events tab to see the activities during the day.

Q 8. What services and activities are available for people with a disability?

=> Please contact enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com for more information. However, participation in the Graffiti workshops, the circus performances and activities are suitable for people with learning difficulties, low skill levels and physical challenges. There is a disabled toilet in Denmans Lane.  The majority of the venues are wheelchair accessible.

Q 9. Is it possible to access an ATM during the Festival and where will it be located?

=> Unfortunately Lindfield does not have a public ATM accessible to the street. However the Post Office is open all day and has the facility to withdraw money. The Co-op offers a ‘cashback’ service on purchasing goods.

Q 10. Are there any BYO areas?

=> No. Lindfield Arts Festival or Lindfield High Street are NOT licensed for any kind of public drinking and there are strict laws in place. On the spot fines may be issued by local Police.

Q 11. Where’s good to eat and drink in Lindfield?

Lindfield has several pubs, cafés and restaurants that will be open on Saturday 17th September. If you specifically want a table at a certain time, it is recommended you book in advance.

Q 12. What activities/stalls should we check out if we have limited time at the festival?

=> If you are interested in local arts and crafts the displays in the King Edward Hall are essential viewing. To listen to singing and performing music, check the URC timetable. If you want to admire the graffiti, classic cars and circus performers just stay on the High Street. You should also catch the local dramatic society performing a street play. The times are all online so you can plan the best time to come down and enjoy the day on limited time.

Q 13. We are a young family, what do you have in store for us?

=> There are a number of workshops for under 10s to join, as well as animated talks. Some of the performances will be engaging. The programme is specifically family friendly. The circus activities, graffiti workshops and creative workshops will be ideal for young families.

Q 14. Who are major sponsors of the Festival?

=> Without the support of the local councils, grant funders, sponsors and Friends of the Festival, the Lindfield Arts Festival would not happen. We appreciate their generosity and assistance to bring everything together for a fun-filled weekend.

Q 15. Where can I find more information or who do I contact about the Festival?

=> Any questions can be directed to enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com Alternatively, our Facebook page is a great resource for information!

Q 16. Who is responsible for the organisation of The Lindfield Arts Festival?

=> The Lindfield Arts Festival charity, 1150304 are the owners of the Festival. The Trustees and a volunteer committee organise the event.

Q 17. Is the Lindfield Art Festival  family friendly event?

=>  Yes, absolutely. The event is aimed at children and adults to help families have a great day out.

Q 18. Do I have to pay for the Festival?

=> There are no entry fees. Most of the events at the Festival are free. Please look at the website for paid or donation required events.

Q 19. How long does the Festival last for?

=> The festival starts on 17th Sept 2016, in the evening and ends on 19th Sept 2016.  Sunday 18th September, the Festival will be joining the Haywards Heath celebrations in their procession from the railway station to Victoria Park.

Q 20. How do I get to the Festival?

=> Nearest train station is Haywards Heath. Buses and Taxis available to get in the village. We will publish alternative bus routes as soon as we are given the details.

Q 21. Will there be food and drink available at the festival?

=> Yes – There will be food and drink stalls plus food served at the local pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Q 22. Emergency contact?

=> Saturday 17th there will be an Information Stall outside Field & Forrest.

Q 23. Where do I find the schedule of all the events in the festival.

=>  Please check the programme link on the website:
http://lindfieldartsfestival.com/events/

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Contact Lindfield Arts Festival for more information:

Let’s talk about reading

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The BOOK ACTIVIST was founded by Victoria Dilly, who above all, wants to share her passion for reading.  Victoria has been a school librarian for nearly ten years and has always been an avid reader.  This new venture is aimed at supporting children and young people’s reading through the school, the local community and at home.

“I believe everyone has the potential to develop a love for reading and I wanted to do something to encourage this.  The benefits of reading have never been more evident but it can be challenging to get children reading. There are so many fantastic books written for children and young people it is essential to give them the knowledge to discover these, helping them become independent readers.  Many young readers, and indeed, teachers and parents, are not aware of all the amazing resources out there that can support them on their reading journey and encourage them to share their reading experiences. Through one to one support, working in schools and the community, I will be raising awareness so that children and young people can discover a love for reading that will last a lifetime.  I’m delighted to have been invited to join the Lindfield Arts Festival committee and look forward to working with the team and bringing a new literary element to the Festival”

 

www.thebookactivist.com

A big thank you – a letter from the Chair

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18th – 20th September 2015

The 2015 LAF Team, led by myself, have now had time to sit down and evaluate the 2015 Lindfield Arts Festival.

With a small team and despite no dedicated artistic director, we can say that this year’s contained Festival was a resounding success in more ways than one. We have had consistently good feedback from those connected to the Festival, performers and local residents, most of whom attended. There was a varied, exciting programme which, with the back drop of Lindfield’s iconic High Street, showcased local talented actors, musicians, dancers, authors, artists and more.

Once again Lindfield Arts Festival is very grateful to their commercial sponsors particularly Barratt Homes, the charity support from local Rotary groups, Lindfield Preservation Society and The Comber Trust, local District and Parish Councils’ grant funding, Friends of the Festival and local traders that enabled the Festival to go ahead by providing the necessary financial support.

In practical terms, there are a host of thank-you’s to be offered to the army of volunteers including the hard-working Team LAF 2015 for their practical help before, during and after the Festival days’ events. We were delighted that the Lindfield Bonfire Society were able to provide much needed refreshments for the record number of people attending the Arts & Crafts displayed in the King Edward Hall.

We very much appreciated your support this year, and hope that we can look forward to your continued interest for the 2016 Lindfield Art Festival.

Yours sincerely

Geoff Heath

Chairman of the Trustees

Alex Wilson Memorial Exhibition and Comedy Night

AWSponsors, Friends and Volunteers will be at the Bent Arms for the Preview Evening which is showcasing the Alex Wilson Memorial Exhibition in aid of Dementia UK.  Thank you Laura Morgan, Alex’s daughter and her family and friends for helping the Lindfield Arts Festival get off to a suitable start.

This will be at 6.30pm until 8.00pm.

If you miss the preview, and you’ve not seen the Art trail be sure to visit the Stables on Saturday and enjoy the whole exhibition.

After decorating the High Street and highlighting the venues, setting up the Halls and churches, there’ll be some relaxation for Team LAF 2015 volunteers.

Together with the Village’s Festival goers, they will start their evening off with a laugh at the Comedy Night also in the Bent Arms starting at 8.00pm. lindfieldposter03 1

Watch out

The Team LAF 2015 will be dressing the village High Street. Bunting, signage and posters will be appearing down the High Street.

The Butcher, King Edward Hall and the Junction all have the big banners advertising the Lindfield Arts Festival.

Preparations are all in hand for Saturday and Sunday’s festivities. Not forgetting the Comedy Night in the Bent Arms on Friday night.

Come along and see us. Your Arts, Your Village and we need you.

It’s the final countdown

top endTeam LAF 2015 are getting very excited.  There are only a couple more days to go before the sixth [yes Sixth] Lindfield Arts Festival kicks off.

Each year has had a different theme and focus and this year proves no exception. The High Street will feature prominently on Saturday as a backdrop to local performers.  Listen out for the church bell peals to open the Festival.

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We’re starting off with the Comedy Night and after a good night’s rest will prepare Lindfield High Street for its traffic free day of fun and frolics.  The Plays will be one of the main features but don’t forget the workshops happening around the Village and the activities, performances and art and craft displays.

Sunday has the Barefoot Players in the Lindfield Primary School performing their ‘Little Women’ whilst there will be a band playing in the Stand Up to round the Festival off.

Sue PearsonSaturday and Sunday in the King Edward Hall have a wonderful exhibition of Arts and Crafts.  Surely there’ll be something for everyone and it’s not too early to shop for Christmas is it?

Lots for everyone to see and do – join us. enquiries@lindfieldartfestival.com 

 

More Sponsors to Thank

Denziloe sponsoring the Burlesque, over 18s Ladies only workshops on Saturday 19th September at the Bent Arms!

 

The Rotary Club of Haywards Heath sponsoring Point4 workshops for children on Saturday 19th September

 

Marian Cameron sponsoring the workshop for Fitsteps on Sunday 20th September

 

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Kieron James Toy Shop sponsoring the children’s activities on Saturday 19th September in the Tiger Rooms

Abbott Pharmacy sponsoring Blackthorns Choir

Thank you too to our Friends of Lindfield Arts Festival, without all the support we couldn’t run the weekend.  

And not forgetting : barratt