17th,18th and 19th May 2019

A Folk Music weekend not to be missed. In aid of CMV Action & Downham Village Hall.

16 outstanding female acts and 2 fantastic dance groups

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Downham Banner

The conservation and display of the Centenary Banner of the Downham Benevolent Society.

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Wedding Venue

Downham Village is your ideal Lancashire wedding venue, what better backdrop could you have for your special day than in probably the most beautiful village in the Ribble Valley.

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CONGRATULATIONS RALPH

The Hon Ralph C. Assheton TD DL has been appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire. As the new High Sheriff, Ralph will be sworn in at a ceremony on Friday, 5th April when he takes over from the incumbent High Sheriff, Anthony Attard OBE DL.

HM The Queen personally appoints the High Sheriff of Lancashire – a role dating back more than 1,000 years. Ralph said “To become High Sheriff of Lancashire is a great honour for me”. The role includes a duty to “protect and assist in upholding the dignity and well being of Her Majesty’s Judges and to project the principles of encouraging responsible citizenship and respect for the diversity of the community which lie at the heart of our Constitution”. The office of High Sheriff is an unpaid and voluntary role.

SAVE THESE DATES

GARDENS OPEN at Downham Hall in aid of charities will be on Saturday and Sunday
13th and 14th July. The human fruit machine is getting geared up .Kare you going to help?

17th,18th and 19th May 2019

A Folk Music weekend not to be missed. In aid of CMV Action & Downham Village Hall.

FRIDAY EVENING

Friday Evening is FREE to anyone wishing to come and enjoy a chat and have a 'bit of a sing song' in our festival marquee. Bring your own instruments and be a folk star for a night. Please let us know if you are coming so we can give idea of numbers to our onsite caterers from Greendale View Kitchen for supper options. Bar will be open from 7pm.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

16 outstanding female acts and 2 fantastic dance groups. 

DAWN IVERSON, THE HAYES SISTERS, BEV CLARKE, KATIE GALLAGHER, FUCHSIA JONES, JAN HOUGH, SONNY CASEY, KATIE SPENCER, KARIN GRANDAL-PARK, COBALT TALES, LUCY WARD, EDWINA HAYES, ELFIN BOW, JACKIE OATES, GINJAMMERS, FLOSSIE MALAVIALLE, AONTAACHT LADIES IRISH DANCERS, MALKIN LADIES MORRIS DANCERS.

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B&B Accommodation and Camping available

Our onsite caterers from Greendale View Kitchen will be providing hot and cold selection of homemade deliciousness (Vegetarian options available) all at reasonable prices from Friday evening.

Hot drinks van “The Coffee Spot”. (Cytomegalivirus) CMV and (Royal College of Midwives) RCM stalls, Tombola, Secret Auction, Art and Craft stalls, Merchandise stall, Workshop with Flossie Malavialle (Sunday morning).

Aontaacht Ladies Irish Dancers and Malkin Ladies Morris Dancers will entertain and demonstrate their reels, stepping and clogging skills during the teatime break.

Messy Play area and kiddies crafts with Becky from The Art Garden 0yrs up to 16yrs small charge for craft items used/made (this is NOT a supervised crèche so please bring wipes and change of clothes for messy children!).

Fire pit to be lit after dark (weather dependant) bring your own toasting forks and marshmallows!

Free car parking (please tell us if you require disabled parking space this will be allocated with your ticket). If the village hall car park area gets full there is free parking in the village car park a short walk away.

There is a ramp for wheelchair access into the hall and disabled toilet but no other steps

Please note the whole site can only accept cash as we do not have the technology for card payments. The nearest cash machine is in the village of Chatburn 10minute drive away at the Spar/Post Office. Opening times 7am-8pm

TICKETS

We have a two tier ticket option :-
£55 full weekend ticket includes entrance onto festival site plus entrance into concert venue (village hall) to see various female folk artists perform throughout Saturday 12.30pm~11pm and Sunday 1pm ~10pm (only 108 seated spaces)

Or alternatively...
£10 day ticket entrance onto the event site and into the festival marquee with option of £5 entrance fee into concert venue (village hall) for each artists set (approx1hr long) standing room only and space dependant so first come first served for each act on the day.

No entrance charge for children 16years and younger accompanied with a paying adult.

Order and pay for tickets ring 07401629304

CMV Folk Weekend why not Sponsor an Artist and get a free ticket and meet your chosen artist plus many other benefits  Click to download details and Sponsor Sheet (pdf)

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS WEEKEND ?

Meet Jack (Bubba), he is the reason we have got involved in raising awareness of CMV (Cytomegalovirus) and the devastating conse-quences to the families.

CMV is a common virus that can infect people of all ages. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Most healthy adults and children who become infected will have no signs or symptoms and no long term effects from CMV.

It can however pose serious risks to unborn babies if a pregnant woman catches it for the first time. Congenital CMV is when a baby has been infected before birth. It is one of the leading causes of hearing loss in children and main causes of childhood disability.

Jack along with his loving parents Clint & Danielle are on a challenging journey.

Jack was born in January 2017 following IVF treatment, a very much wanted, planned and dreamed of baby. Having waited years for a miracle to happen Clint & Danielle were overjoyed to meet their little "Bubba" at last.

Sadly however, Jack has disabilities due to the effects of contracting CMV while developing in the womb. Devastatingly, Jack has co-ordination problems and is severely visually impaired and regis-tered blind with diffused viral brain damage (who would know that those beautiful blue eyes do not work as they should!). At 2 years Jack cannot sit up unaided. But Jack is a fighter, he gurgles with joy when he hears the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, he reacts to coloured light-ing and soothing voices and recently started to eat textured food from a spoon.

Nobody can say or know how far Jack will develop physically or mentally. Communication, sit-ting and walking abilities are skills we each take for granted. Watching our babies grow to be toddlers, little people, teenagers and filially independent adults is something many of us take for granted.

For Clint & Danielle the future for Jack is an unknown quantity but positivity and faith in a fulfilling future is what moves this little family forward to consider and try whatever options, treatments and offers of help are available.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Big Thanks goes to Clint and Danielle Waddington who alerted to us the devastation that CMV can cause and for sharing their story of the amazing, challenging and touching journey they are on with their very special little boy Jack. He's a strong and determined little man with a beautiful smile and with his life story he will help to educate and raise awareness of a virus that takes away our vital senses and abilities.

A Just Giving page for Jack is now active to help towards purchasing vital equipment to make his life more comfortable and enjoyable.

Thank you for reading and hope to see you at our 1st annual festival in aid of CMV Action.

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