Wren has a proud history of promoting and running Community events. These may take the form of whole community events, making sure we actively engage with excluded groups, with families, or other groups of people. These are events that encourage the entire community to come together in participation in music, song, dance and the living tradition.
In the very earliest days we ran community projects in Sticklepath and Newtown, then Barn Barton Lanterns, Whipton Opera and the Strawberry Opera – through to the ever popular Lanterns, still running in Okehampton today.
The Sticklepath Fireshow is the Okehampton and District annual Guy Fawkes Night event. Every Bonfire Night this unique Dartmoor based community arts event thrills up to 3000 local and even national visitors. Young and old get together every autumn to create a magnificent artistic Fireshow unlike any other. Every year a new theme and drama storyline is developed, ready for the making of small through to sometimes vast puppets, many worn by the cast. Music is planned, costumes are designed and made and an amazing outdoor stage is lovingly built only to be burnt on the night after a fabulous fireworks display following the play.
Still running today, the Sticklepath Fireshow celebration (originally called the Sticklepath Bonfire) was created and run by Wren in 1984.
The Okehampton lanterns Procession is a celebration of both the local landscape and early spring.
Local folk songs are central to this project and we will want volunteers to help us work with a number of groups in the town to teach the songs, and we will have big sing-song and cream tea on Friday 3rd February. Then the images from the songs will inspire the imagery for some big and small lanterns alike ready for the procession on Friday 17th February 2017.
This is the programme of community events that Wren runs in and for Okehampton. There are a variety of activities through the year, from the Lanterns Procession in February through to the Baring-Gould Festival in October. These major activities are complemented by other events and regular programmes such as Make Music with Wren Music (a weekly music-making workshop for adults).
The Miss Varwells Throwleigh is a community event being staged in Throwleigh Village Hall during March 2017. It is a dramatic adaptation of a 1930's account of the village illustrated by photographic images from the Throwleigh Archive and accompanied by a small folk band and choir. Wren musician David Faulkner is responsible for the music orchestration and leading the band of local residents.