Uckfield Festival 2016 to have film theme in honour of Picture House

Film is to be the theme of the 2016 Uckfield Festival.

The subject was revealed last night at the annual meeting of the festival association, by chairman Dorothy Sparks, who said it was chosen in honour of The Picture House which celebrates its centenary next year.

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Uckfield Mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood joins members of the Uckfield Festival Association in a picture taken at their annual meeting. Chairman Dorothy Sparks is seated centre with treasurer David Dalton, left.

This means that film will be reflected in the children’s parade through town on The Big Day and shops, which normally support the festival by dressing their windows in blue and yellow, might be asked to embrace the idea too.

There are plans for a dinner and film night at the East Sussex National Hotel and the association committee is hoping to work with The Picture House to show a silent film, while a concert by Uckfield Brass could have a film theme too.

Mrs Sparks asked for ideas for new events to include in the festival and her husband Paul reminded the meeting that next year would be the 50th anniversary of the England football team winning the World Cup.

David Sudbery immediately seized on the idea saying that it might be worth asking The Picture House if it was possible to re-run the final there.

The festival – which aims to “advance the education of the public in the arts, and in particular, the arts of music, speech, drama, dance and the visual arts” – will run from Friday, July 8, to Sunday, July 17, 2016, with The Big Day taking place on Saturday, July 9.

A grant of £3,500 has already been promised towards next year’s festival by Uckfield Town Council and the association is working with Same Sky and Uckfield Community Technology College towards The Big Day.

Mrs Sparks said last year’s festival was a great success and it was thanks to more sponsors coming forward this year that finances were in a good position.

Treasurer David Dalton reported a £3,236 surplus on the accounts, £1,895 attributed to the main festival and £1,341 to the Art Trail.

He said reserves had increased as a result of the surplus and that put the association in a very good position, meaning it could plan for 2016 with confidence.

Officers re-elected at the meeting were: Chairman, Dorothy Sparks; Vice-Chairman David Sudbery; Treasurer, David Dalton, and secretary Kay Frost.

• Contact details for Uckfield Festival can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Arts, Drama, Festivals or Music.

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