Most of you will already know, so I had better make haste and mention it for everyone else, to avoid being accused of banging on about it. Last Tuesday, I received a letter from count. Elanor Oddy of Devizes TC, informing me of being nominated and awarded a Civic Award for “Services for the People”.
This was a nomination made by a local musician and friend, Tim Henley, who wanted to recognise the 10 years of effort, put into organising, promoting and raising the profile of the Devizes Music scene.
This came as a surprise, as I can only vaguely remember the concept of Civic awards and wasn’t really something that was at all on my radar. Still needless to say, it’s a great opportunity to once again raise the profile of local live music in Devizes and what we do, to a much wider group of people.
I’ll be gladly accepting this award, in the spirit in which it is given, at a Mayoral drinks evening on Thursday 24th April in the Town Hall in St Johns Street at 6.45pm. Anyone wishing to come and witness this municipal event are welcome to, though directly after the reception there will be a coincidentally timed gig by GAZ BROOKFIELD in The Lamb, directly opposite, which is where the real party will be happening!
So please come, drink and be merry – Let’s start celebrating The Lamb, and Sally King. Say thanks to Tim for the nomination in the first place, welcome back Gaz Brookfield and a string of excellent supports and continue ploughing this furrow, which has now become my life.
Yesterday Chris Palmer said to me, “in 20 years time, you’ll be running this town (culturally)”. I’d like to think in 20 years I’d be returning to this town, but in any event, Devizes has singularly been the most consistent and interesting musical place in Wiltshire for a decade. And for that all I can thank, is you.
Check out this Thursdays Gazette & Herald for an article about it, a picture taken by our one time dedicated photographer, Vicky Scipio, some ramshackle answers from me and a preview of the Gaz Brookfield gig! AND remember to pick up a copy of CRAMMER our local fanzine on Music & the Arts from Devizes Books.