It’s now two years since I became the Derbyshire Fieldworker and I’m still finding bits of Derbyshire, and Staffordshire that I’ve never been to before. Emma and I recently discovered the tiny hamlet of Combs up in High Peak. We did our presentations in the smallest village hall we’ve ever seen, to a soundtrack of bleating sheep, with the sun setting over the hills outside – magic.
The sun’s shining again today, and it’s hard to remember that the biggest challenge for most of us, last season, was the early onset of winter – and one of the worst we’ve had in decades. I invested in ‘extra grip wheels’ and kept a jolly red snow shovel in the boot but often felt that a team of huskies would have been more useful.
Amazingly, only a couple of events had to be cancelled which is a real tribute to the ‘true grit’ of both promoters and performers who just ‘Kept Calm and Carried On’! Inevitably promoters had to work extra hard to tempt people out of their warm homes. However, several venues saw a boost in sales as local people turned out to avoid going completely ‘stir crazy’ at home! Well done to everyone.
I’m currently working on ‘feedback’ and it’s a real treat to see all the compliments from companies about the lovely food and hospitality that promoters provide and the great quotes from audiences. ‘Brilliant’, ‘Wonderful’ and ‘Fantastic’ are cropping up quite a lot so I think we must all be on the right track.
I’m really looking forward to finding out what’s been requested and to seeing lots of shows and meeting old friends, and making new ones, over the next season.
Meanwhile have a lovely summer, wherever you are. Vicki
Photographs from Derbyshire