Here at Live & Local, we are grateful for the passion and dedication our promoters put into staging music, theatre and dance. Swayfield Village Hall told us just how they do it…
Swayfield’s Ministry of Fun (MoF) was set up in 2010 in order to put on entertainment in Swayfield Village Hall and bring together our local community in a positive and uplifting way. The range of entertainment has included music, theatre and dance and many of the events are organised through the Lincolnshire Rural and Community Touring Scheme which is now coordinated by Live and Local. We have put on 53 events in the hall since we began, too many to list and unfair to mention only some, but we continue to be stunned by the quality of the performances we experience at such close quarters.
MoF has a core group of twelve people but other villagers help out as and when required. We range in ages and occupations but all work together brilliantly to make sure every event runs smoothly which includes leaflet dropping, setting up the hall, feeding (and sometimes accommodating) the performers, organising raffle prizes, serving at the bar, washing up and tidying up the hall at the end of a busy night. Over the years, our audience has grown and grown and we generally have a packed hall for all of our events. Many of our acts comment on the warmth, friendliness and level of engagement from our audience so we can’t thank them enough.
Swayfield has had a village hall since the 1950s. The original hall was a wartime “Nissen Hut” erected on a piece of land which was acquired by the Village Hall Committee of the time from a local farmer. The old hall was replaced in 1999 with a fabulous new facility which was funded by residents of the village, District Council grants and grants from the Lottery and Millenium Commissions.
Our next (and last of the spring rural touring season) show is Saturday 1st June, so it’s time to get out the bunting, buy the beer and pick flowers for the tables ready for ‘La Bella and the Lost of Chord of Ulaanbaatar‘. Long live rural touring!
Buy tickets to ‘La Bella and the Lost of Chord of Ulaanbaatar’ here!
Photo Cred: Swayfield Ministry of Fun