Bewdley Festival is a volunteer run organisation that has held an arts festival in the town of Bewdley every year since 1988.
Bewdley Festival Society was formed in December 1987, when a public meeting held in the Guild Hall, decided to launch an annual festival of the arts designed:
“To bring the best into Bewdley and to bring the best out of Bewdley”. Thanks to the continued support and encouragement of the many Friends of Bewdley Festival, patrons, private donors and business supporters, Bewdley Festival has developed and expanded over the years to become an eagerly awaited part of the local calendar.
The organisation and governance of the Festival has also developed since that time and is now a two tier structure.
Bewdley Festival Limited is a registered charity and the directors/trustees of the company hold the overall responsibility of ensuring that Festival activities and finances are correctly delivered.
The day to day running of Festival activities is the responsibility of the Festival Society that is run by an elected committee.
More detail is given below.
Bewdley Festival Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. The ultimate responsibility for the general running of Festival activities and administration lies with the board of directors (trustees).
The company’s objectives are “to advance the education of the public by way of the promotion of the arts and the provision of appropriate facilities, particularly in the neighbourhood of Bewdley”.
The company is governed by way of a Council of Management of which the majority are nominees of the Festival Society and these normally include the Society Chairman.
The remaining members are one of; the original subscribers, local business people appointed for their particular expertise, the Festival Treasurer and the Company Secretary.
The Council meets periodically to consider the progress of the Festival, approve budgets and annual accounts, monitor the ongoing financial position and to safeguard the Festival’s aims and objectives and overall artistic integrity.
Both committees liaise and interact on a regular basis with other organisations and businesses in the Town.
The Festival Society Committee members have the responsibility of organising the main Festival whilst also running other events during the year. The Committee is elected at the annual Society AGM in January.
The Society also raises money for the Festival through Membership fees from Friends of Bewdley Festival, a 100 Club and by holding events; including the annual 'Eat Bewdley' raffle which serves to highlight the wealth of good restaurants, cafes, food outlets, growers and chefs in the area.
2018 Bewdley Festival Society Committee: