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BArts has joined Love Hoddesdon BID (Business Improvement District) as Voluntary Members (more to come)
BArts supported the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

BArts is part of the Broxbourne Creative Partnership. (more to come)

Here is the full text of Lee Rayner's revised introduction.

Hard Times are over?!

As we wrote last year in our newsletter, what Shakespeare described as the ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’  managed to put a substantial ‘spanner’ into all our lives in the shape of the pandemic Coronavirus and Government restrictions put the BArts’ programme on the ’back-burner’ for a seemingly indefinite period.

The Spotlight remained closed until March 2022 but has now re-opened. Our affiliated groups suspended their activities and events, and we are awaiting news from them about their resumption.  Many of the planned events will be re-programmed when venues re-open. 

Meanwhile many groups held events online. BArts has piloted and continued an online version of our 'Let's Do Lunch' series, called 'BArts Buffet'. Happily we are now able to return the Spotlight.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events in person now they have resumed live.

Programme On Hold is now returning!

Lunches: Debunking History, Two Elizabeths, Mind The Gap!, National Treasures

Behind the Scenes: Talk, Tour and Tea  - back in November

My Kind of Music: Monthly Piano Concerts - back from April

Theatre: all groups are restarting their productions

Special Events: 

Love Hoddesdon: St. George's Day and Platinum Jubilee celebrations

A year ago our affiliated groups were making provisional new bookings for 3 or 4 months ahead and crossing their fingers that the worst will be over by then, but it was not to be. The local U3As will be continuing their monthly newsletters and, where possible, encouraging their interest groups to share activities via E-mail and keep the vulnerable house-bound happily occupied.   

In the meantime, there are other issues affecting BArts’ members……….

BArts’ Charity Status

After a long period of negotiation, Broxbourne Arts Forum became a registered charity, Number 1188425, eligible for some tax relief, Gift Aid on donations from individuals and an increased opportunity to seek grants and awards to replace the loss of funding by the Borough of  Broxbourne.

Membership Subscriptions

Last year nearly all of our members renewed their subscriptions, although the future was so uncertain. This year we hope that we can count on your continuing support for 2022 / 2023.

BArts in The Borough of Broxbourne

Our involvement in the meetings and discussions with Borough representatives and numerous other arts organisations over the past twenty-seven months is expected to result in the formal establishment in the near future  of the Broxbourne Creative Partnership (BCP), which will raise the profile of the Arts in the borough, increase opportunities for co-operation and collaboration and produce an enhanced borough-wide programme of events and activities for  every age group.

Keep well and occupied!

The BArts’ Team




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