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Get your mini-skirt on! Mary Quant’s in town

The swinging sixties comes to Droitwich in October with an event celebrating the life of miniskirt pioneer Dame Mary Quant.

Mary Quant is currently the subject of a major exhibition at the V & A Museum in London, but now examples of her work are being brought to Droitwich by V & A contributor Ruth Lowe, who will talk about the early life, career, and designs of this iconic British designer.

Dame Mary is known for her sleek, streamlined and vibrant designs that revolutionised womenswear and defined the look of London in the 1960s. Her garments borrowed from men’s clothing, took risks and blurred gender lines to create ‘unisex’ clothing. She is credited with defining the look for a new generation of women who rebelled against pressure to dress like their mothers. 

Ruth Lowe, an authority on Mary Quant, has appeared on the Antiques Road Show and The One Show, and was featured in the Financial Times’ monthly magazine ‘How To Spend It’. She is an avid collector of all things Quant, including an original Mary Quant designer mini car.

Charity concert to help funding Spectrum Days

Droitwich Lions are organising a Charity Concert on Friday 9th November at Droitwich Working Mens Club at 7.00pm. The aim of the event is to help local non-profit organisation Spectrum Days, Worcestershire Young Carers and Worcestershire Carers

Spectrum Days is a small non-for-profit charity who provide people with profound disabilities and their families with specialist support within Worcestershire and the surrounding areas. The areas they currently cover are Worcester, Droitwich, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Pershore, Tewkesbury and Tenbury Wells.

Spectrum Days charity works with the family to support and provide each member with a unique, fun and purposeful care package which meets their needs. The experienced, well trained and fantastic staff work together to provide a fun, stimulating and safe service throughout the week from Monday to Saturday.

Spectrum Days gave a fantastic support to Droitwich Arts Network throughout the year, by giving us their rooms for various projects and presentations. 

Tickets £10 from Mike John or Carole Moseley 01905 796565. Mike is part of an excellent music group and there will be a very entertaining Black Country poet and comedian David Bartley

Droitwich ArtsFest bags £1,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Droitwich Arts Network is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme to support Droitwich arts festival

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £43 million to over 10,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed that Droitwich ArtsFest has been awarded £1,000. The timing is perfect as ArtsFest starts on Saturday 30th June at 12 noon in St Andrews Square, Droitwich

Droitwich ArtsFest lasts four weeks with mostly free events including music, art, crafts, dance, exhibitions, drama, and poetry. The aim is to engage the general public in a wide variety of artistic activities, and to encourage all sections of the community to attend. The full programme can be seen at www.droitwichartsfest.org

Festival organiser, Rhys Jones, commented “Receiving this funding from Tesco makes a significant impact on helping us to meet the costs of an ambitious festival, particularly as most of the events are free to attend”.

Local artists celebrate successful fundraising M&Co Fashion Show

DAN artists turned models for the evening as they paraded in M&Co’s latest fashions in a bid to raise money for the Droitwich Arts Network.

DAN is always looking to raise funds to continue their artistic activities with the public and to engage more people in the arts. Wednesday 14th March was no exception, as, with the help of M&Co staff and friends, they held a fashion show. Over 80 guests attended to support the models, take part in the raffle and above all, shop!

(L to R) DAN Members Rosie Philpott, John Bodley, Malcolm Wakeman with Chair, Helen Karakashian

Helen Karakashian, Chair of Droitwich Arts Network, said: “It was an excellent night with great community spirit. I would certainly like thank the local businesses such as Park’s Café, Café Morso, Muffin Break and the Community Centre who came to our aid with their chairs”.