First ever autumn arts festival is planned for Bearsden

New Kilpatrick Church,  Rev Roddy Hamilton he is organising Bearsden's first Festival 'Photo by Emma Mitchell'18/6/13
New Kilpatrick Church, Rev Roddy Hamilton he is organising Bearsden's first Festival 'Photo by Emma Mitchell'18/6/13

Exciting new plans have been unveiled to stage an arts festival in Bearsden later this year, aimed at bringing the community together.

The festival is the brainchild of New Kilpatrick Church minister Reverend Roddy Hamilton.

He has set up a team of people to organise the weekend event to be held in September.

Traders and local people have rallied round to offer support.

Rev. Hamilton hopes the event will put the area in the spotlight and attract people to the town.

He met with traders and community police at the beginning of May to set the wheels in motion and since then more and more people have been getting on board.

Reverend Hamilton said: “Meetings so far have been very positive. We’ve chosen to work as a team for our community, to bring it together and celebrate it more thoroughly.

“We’ve gathered loads of ideas and have a great sense of what is possible.

“We need to keep reminding ourselves this is just a pilot, but we are sure it is going to be a great event.”

Events planned so far include: Friday, September 13 ‑ a country dance/ceilidh for schoolchildren in the Burgh Hall in the morning and afternoon.

A Battle of the Bands will be held in the Burgh Hall in the evening and there will be a ghost walk around the graveyard at night.

Saturday, September 14‑ an arts and crafts trail at New Kilpatrick Church Halls in the morning and afternoon.

There will be a concert workshops at New Kilpatrick Halls in the afternoon and a concert at New Kilpatrick Church in the evening.

Sunday, September 15 ‑ a street barbecue at Bearsden Cross between 2pm to 4pm.They’re looking for musicians (reasonably loud) to play on the day to keep everyone entertained.

There will also be potted sports and stalls in Bearsden Primary School playground.

A Festival Service will be held in New Kilpatrick Church in the evening.

To keep up to date with all the latest festival developments go to www.facebook.com/BearsdenFestival

There’s also a blog at http://newkilpatrickblog.typepad.com/bearsden_festival/