Melbourn Bloomsday Festival sees scores flock to village to honour Joyce novel for WaterAid charity
PUBLISHED: 17:53 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 20 June 2017
Melbourn played host to a celebration of literature, drama, music and all creative arts at the third annual Bloomsday festival last week in support of charity WaterAid.
The festival, which honours James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses, brought together Melbourn community activists and volunteers with others from Meldreth, Therfield, Shepreth, Orwell, Barley, Royston, and Cambridge – and the festival lecturer, Dr Jeremy Noel-Tod, came from the University of East Anglia.
Bloomsday co-ordinator Hugh Pollock said: “The Melbourn Bloomsday Festival has brought together the Melbourn community and has raised publicity and funds for WaterAid.
“Apart from the education and enjoyment it brings to Melbourn each June, two activities have endured all year round – the Melbourn Short Story Reading Group and the Melbourn Play Reading Group.
“We now hope yet another all-year-round activity will now commence. The creation of an art exhibition in Melbourn Community Hub – an ideal space for all creative people – will hopefully be the first of many such exhibitions to be mounted in the Community Hub.
Melbourn Bloomsday Festival 2017
The Boniface Consort entertain in Melbourn's United Reformed Church. Picture: Courtesy of Hugh Pollock
Hugh Pollock with Yvonne Chamberlain at the reinactment at Premier Stores. Picture: Clive Porter
Lunch at the Melbourn Community Hub. Picture: Clive Porter
There was music to enjoy throughout the festival. Picture: Clive Porter
Artist Val Perriman, centre, with Sharla Mcgavock and Max Heinemeyer, both from Cambridge WaterAid. Picture: Clive Porter
The Bloomsday cast with pupils from Melbourn Village College, who combined to read short extracts from Ullyses at the Premier Stores.Picture: Clive Porter
Co-ordinator Hugh Pollock. Picture: Clive Porter
“Congratulations and thanks are due to all contributors and participants.”
The event included Meldreth’s Lesley Farbridge showcasing her glass jewellery, Shepreth hydrologist Tim Baker demonstrating the technical side of water security, Barley’s Belinda Hickman knitting, curator Jenny Oxley introducing exhibits from Royston & District museum, Tamsin Dobb from Melbourn Village College readin some of her favourite poetry, and Sue Luckett of the Bygrave Handbell Ringers doing her thing.
To find out more see facebook.com/MelbournBloomsdayFestival.