Drum Trek was a crazy idea that became a wonderful reality……read on.
I often dreamed about taking the van and the drums on the road and doing some kind of tour…running a business and managing and delivering training progrsammes for UK Playshop meant time was always against me… I just needed something else to push me…Stainsby Festival was the initial nudge and then Wiston Lodge….Stainsby is a Festival very close to my heart and a place I have been facilitating drum circles at since 2000…last year the festival site came up for sale and I knew that I could do something to make a contribution…around the same time I moved to Wiston Lodge, a venue I have known and loved for many years, to begin a volunteer post to develop Music and Arts for the charity.
Here I was then, with two organisations that required fundraising…both are models of how I believe we can work positively in community….both inspiring in their own ways…both have touched me deeply…moved my spirit if you like….So what to do then…well of course I could fill out an application to The Arts Council’s of England and Scotland or I could follow my bliss and do something I love….Facilitate Drum Circles….All across the UK….A marathon journey with the drum…26 locations ( possibly rising to 28 as of June 14/2015!!!!) from North to South, beginning at John O’Groats in Scotland and ending at Lands End in Cornwall through the summer month of July 2015.
This became a REALITY….over 26 consecutive days I followed the route described below. The blog contains the day by day story and video clips of the circles.
(Footnote: Drumtrek raised £3500 for each of the two charities. Thank You everyone who contributed. It was indeed an Odyssey. One day there will be a book.)
July 3rd Findhorn 7pm-9pm @ The Hinterland Shelter, (www.findhornhinterland.org) Contact Carol Scorer 07979 787149, email@example.com
July 4th The Isle of Skye 6pm -8pm @ Dunvegan Primary School, Dunvegan,Skye. Contact: Maria Elisa Pelletta 07908093068 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 6th Glasgow 1pm-3pm @ Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, Glasgow, G41 1BA. Contact: Jane Bentley O7759490775 email@example.com
July 6th Moffat 8pm-9.30pm Moffat Town Hall, High St, Moffat DG10 9HF. Contact Peter Dreghorn 07810505323 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 7th Wiston Lodge 5.30pm-6.30pm @ Millrigg Road, Wiston, ML12 6HT. Contact: Meg Beresford 07835 362774 email@example.com Wiston Lodge 01899 850228
July 8th Carlisle 7pm-9pm @ Morton Manor, Carlisle Contact Nicola Didsbury firstname.lastname@example.org
July 10th Wakefield 7pm-9pm @ Cathedral Centre, Westmorland Street, Wakefield WF1 1PJ.Contact: Brenda Saunders 07946578273 email@example.com
July 11th Liverpool Time TBC @ St Lukes Church (also known as the Bombed Out Church) L1 2TR. Contact: Robert Goux 07741278950 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 12th Hebden Bridge 11am-1pm @ Salem Community Centre, Central Steet,Hebden Bridge HX7 6HB. Contact: Brian Toberman 07817363254 email@example.com
July 13th Brighouse 6.30pm – 7.30pm @ Field Lane primary school, Brighouse HD6 3JT. Contact : Vanessa Dear 01484 713792 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 14th Lancaster, 6pm-8pm @ Swains Head Hall farm,Over Wyresdale, Nr Lancaster, LA2 9DN Contact: Kaz Knight email@example.com
July 16th Manchester 7.30pm – 9.30pm St Wilfrids Enterprise Centre, Birchvale Close, Manchester, Greater Manchester M15 5BJ Contact Jonathan Hodgkinson O7967816021 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 17th Sheffield,7.30pm-9.00pm, The Large Hall, The Old Junior School, South View Road, Sheffield, S7 1DB. Contact Steve Rivers to book a place on O7810406501 email@example.com
July 18th-19th Stainsby (Sat and Sun) 12pm -1pm @ Stainsby Festival, Brunts Fields, Stainsby, S44 5RN. Contact: Chris Ellis
July 20th Nottingham 7.15pm-9.00pm @ Mencap, harpendon house, 203 edwards lane- sherwood –NG5 3JA Contact Barry Wakefield O7727706658 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 21st Birmingham 6pm-7pm @ Cheswick Green `Villiage Green` Solihull. Contact: Tim Birks Kindred 0751 8084547 email@example.com
July 22nd Newtown 8pm-9.30pm@ Wesley Newtown Church Hall, Back Lane, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NH. Contact: Satch Norton 01686 689031 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 23rd Swansea 7pm-9pm @ St Phillip’s community centre, 11 Clarence Terrace, Swansea SA13 3QT. Contact: Boyd Erlam 07882 906934 email@example.com
July 24th Pewsey 6pm – 8pm,The outdoor Amphitheatre at Pewsey Vale School
Wilcot Road, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5EW
Contact Alex Miles 07729638144 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 25th London 7.30pm – 9.30pm @ Bold Tendencies, Floors 7-10, 95A Rye Lane, London SE15 4TG. Contact: Tom Morley email@example.com
July 26th Epsom 2.30pm-4.00pm, @ St Barnabas Church,Temple Rd, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8HA Contact: Ray Watters 07545583366 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 27th 5pm-6pm Cross Way, Clinton Centre,Steyne Road,Seaford. Contact Rupert ‘Jamie’ Morgan O7863159742 email@example.com
July 28th Time TBC Plain-an-gwarry, St Just, Cornwall.Contact: Jo Eccleston firstname.lastname@example.org