Save Villages in Action budget

20 Nov 2009

Mid Devon Council runs a superb scheme to promote live music and theatre in rural village halls. Tonight I attended a packed (indeed sold-out) concert by the bluegrass/Celtic folk band  The  Scoville Units in Clayhidon Village Hall.

This sort of event not only keeps village communities alive but also allows essential fund-raising (through raffles and selling drinks at the concerts and performances) to keep village halls and other rural venues open.

 Sadly Mid Devon Council - facing admittedly tough funding decisions - has been considering cutting funding for this arts subsidy. 

They would be wrong to cut this money. Villagers tend to get little back from the arts subsidies on the bigger town venues in Devon. So keep villages vibrant and don't cut Villages in Action's budget.

 If you're in Devon, please lobby your councillors.



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