WinterFest News

September 15, 2021
Wellbeing Fund now open all year round

Brightlingsea WinterFest's Wellbeing Fund has announced the welcome news that the fund is now open all year round for grant applications. Families, individuals and organisations in the town are eligible for grants from the fund which distributes money raised by WinterFest, Brightlingsea's much-loved festival of music, arts and spoken word. The 2021 event, held throughout […]

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May 17, 2021
Wellbeing Fund opens for applications

Brightlingsea WinterFest is helping to provide light at the end of the tunnel as lockdown eases, by offering grants from its Wellbeing Fund, thanks to donations made at this year's festival. Almost £2,000 is to be distributed by the WinterFest Wellbeing Fund, following the success of the arts and music festival, which took place in […]

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February 24, 2021
Winterfest's grand finalé

Brightlingsea WinterFest's month-long run of events is to reach a relaxing and fun-filled finale with a yoga session, a comedy evening, a pop quiz and an afternoon of music and spoken word. The festival has already attracted thousands of views for its online attractions this year and will end on a high, having raised spirits […]

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February 24, 2021
Regents' big score – £200 for WinterFest!

During January, members of Brightlingsea Regent Football Club set their sights on keeping fit for a potential restart of the football season by running or cycling miles every day. Manager Tommy Austin and head coach Ryan Salter kept a league table running to keep it competitive for the players. Ryan writes: "We then started to […]

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February 17, 2021
WinterFest is on crest of a wave!

Brightlingsea WinterFest is on the crest of a wave with the renowned blues rock duo When Rivers Meet and the much-loved Essex poet and musician Martin Newell lined up for the festival's forthcoming events. The eagerly-awaited online concert by When Rivers Meet, husband and wife duo Grace and Aaron Bond who live in Brightlingsea, is […]

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February 16, 2021
Andy's workshop will help jobseekers

A free interactive workshop aimed at helping jobseekers is being offered for the first time by Brightlingsea WinterFest. The Zoom workshop, taking place on Wednesday, February 17 at 11am, is being hosted by Andy Blanche, a highly experienced business executive who has interviewed and employed hundreds of people. The session is a new initiative for […]

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February 11, 2021
Spread some love on Valentine's Day

People in Brightlingsea are being urged to spread love and solidarity across the town with a special signal on Valentine's Day, by leaving a light on in their homes. The initiative is part of Brightlingsea's WinterFest after being put forward by parish vicar, the Revd Caroline Beckett, pictured. It is hoped that the Leave a […]

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February 9, 2021
Colm shows us how to be picture perfect

Award winning photographer Colm O'Laoi is giving his time and talent to Brightlingsea's WinterFest, by offering a free on-line photography workshop on Saturday February 13. Colm has also contributed a dramatic image for the festival's on-line art gallery and his photos will also feature in a book being collated during this year's WinterFest. He will […]

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February 2, 2021
Singing cabbie Neil kicks off WinterFest

Singing cabbie Neil Carlyle, who has kept Brightlingsea entertained during lockdown, is to host the first event for the town's month-long WinterFest. Neil, a multi-instrumentalist and singer who developed his talent in a military band, is running an online open mic night on Thursday, February 4, the first of more than 20 events in the […]

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January 26, 2021
Create some light and optimism

A call is going out to artists of all ages to take part in Brightlingsea's 2021 WinterFest and let their work be part of the festival's drive to create some light and optimism in dark times. An on-line art gallery is being planned as part of this year's WinterFest which aims to bring the community […]

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