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Droitwich Arts Network members have an opportunity to exhibit their works in several venues across the town. It is possible to show artworks throughout the year at the Droitwich Library (limited space at ‘DAN table’ on the Library’s ground floor), Park’s Cafe (an excellent space for solo exhibitions that accomodates approx. 10 artworks, medium size), The Button Tree Cafe (the corner of the Cafe can accomodate approx. 8 medium size artworks) , the Old Library, Gardeners Arms…
Over 2,000 new books arrived in Planet Droitwich as a donation from one closed Birmingham’s bookshop. Even though Books For Free volunteers counted ‘only’ 500 copies today, it is clear that there are some very interesting titles. There is a book for everyone, from childrens’ fairy tales and young adult sci-fi novels to romance, thrillers and non-fiction books.
Among the new arrivals are numerous travel books and pocket travel guides, biographies and books about sport (horse riding, squash, cricket, golf, rugby, football, sailing, etc). Cooking books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, world classics, books on foreign languages (French, German, Italian, Russian…), magazines, poetry and all other genres can be found in Planet Droitwich. Finally, there is a quite good collection of DVDs and music CDs, as well as VHR tapes, that might be popular again (well, you never know!).
Music is always very important part of Droitwich festivals. The Salt Fest in September is not an exception. 4 Shires Festivals has prepared the music programme that will go for 3 days, on 11th, 12th and 13th September, in Vines Park in Droitwich Spa.
Festival visitors will have an opportunity to hear artists that appeared on BBC introducing special performances (the band Missing Sparrows and solo artists Polly Edwards and Kim Ryder); Junction Seven Band that covers classical rock and pop hits; Indie trio The Capital Band; Stompin’ on Spiders’ who blends traditional blues with modern acoustic rock; acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter Dan Greenaway and award-winning Roving Crows Band, just to name a few.
By Rhys Jones
In 1215, King John arrived near Wyche on horseback, but 800 years later he arrived in rather more comfort by narrow boat. I was granted an audience with the King to take his photo as he boarded the long boat, and I was invited to travel with the royal party. Photos show the King, Queen, and Royal party laughing and joking, not realising that some of the people of Droitwich would be hostile.
Anticipating the arrival of the King, monks and local dignitaries assembled at St Andrew’s Church and paraded to the canal, passing crowds who were mostly unaware of what was happening. When the King arrived, negotiations soon started regarding the fees to be paid by local businesses to the King. Some of the locals showed their hostility. One in particular, risked having his head cut off in public but was spared at the last minute.