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BRBAC New Year social gathering – 26 January 8pm, Holy Trinity Church Redhill
The BRBAC New Year social gathering has been rearranged to be held at 8pm on Friday 26 January at Holy Trinity Church, Carlton Road, Redhill, RH1 2BX.

Many thanks to all the societies who came back to us with venue suggestions and offers of facilities following the original postponement of the meeting, and we’re particularly grateful to Redhill Sinfonia Chair, Kate Welling for agreeing to organise Holy Trinity.

Parking is on the road and refreshments will be provided. Please join us for a general catch up, as well as a specific update on the current situation with the Surrey Performing Arts Library plus the latest state of play with the 2018 BRBAC Arts Festival.

2018 Arts Festival update
Exciting things are happening with the new format 2018 BRBAC Arts Festival and we are looking forward to getting all members involved.
For this festival we are concentrating on increasing involvement in arts activities of all kinds across the borough. With this in mind the festival will run from Saturday 13 October to Saturday 1 December 2018. During this period we would like members to advertise their existing activities on a new festival website and to badge the events they are including with the Festival logo.

We would like you to advertise any performances, workshops, exhibitions or other scheduled special events in your own usual venues across the borough. We would also be delighted if you wanted to organise any special event for the festival period.
In order to publicise all of the amazing arts activities and groups in our area we are setting up a website specifically for the festival. This website is currently being constructed by our festival sponsors, “Yeswedowebsites”.We are delighted to have them on board for this new venture and the website is looking fabulous. However, at the moment all the images are generic and the events calendar is empty. If at this stage of the build you are able to provide any good quality images to personalise the new site, we’ll be pleased to receive them. These may be images that already sit on the main BRBAC website or something new that you want to promote. Images should be sent to

Once the website has been fully constructed, you will be able to upload your events into the calendar yourselves and Sharon Scotton, the Arts Festival Coordinator, will give you access to the Festival logo to include on your printed and digital materials to show your involvement and encourage visitors to the site. There will be links directly to the main BRBAC website, which will remain as our principal online hub, and also to participating member websites.

We will be using social media as well as other more traditional forms of publicity to direct the community to the website and your help in this will be very important to the success of this and future festivals. In the near future we will start to send out information on Twitter and Facebook, so if you use these platforms please help us by liking, retweeting and sharing these messages, to get word out there that this is happening. There will be leaflets too so we’ll circulate these when they become available.

Finally, there will be a Gala Event at the Harlequin Theatre on Saturday 27 October 2018 where there will be slots for performances of up to a MAXIMUM of 15 minutes duration. Information on how to apply to take part in that event will be available shortly. There will also be daytime workshops for children in singing, drama and dance on that date.

We look forward to keeping you up to date with the website and marketing developments as things progress. For more information and to register your interest, please contact Sharon Scotton on 07961 948804 or

Surrey Performing Arts Library update
Discussions continue as to the future of the SPAL, following the recent consultation exercise staged by Surrey County Council. A report following this consultation has been produced (available on the SCC website) and subsequent meetings held, involving community representatives, including Making Music and Friends of Surrey Performing Arts Library.

In summary FOSPAL welcomes some aspects of the report’s conclusions, however, they feel that there is a clear opportunity to look at the possibility of expanding SPAL into a regional performing arts library services, keeping the whole current collection of materials together as one set, rather than the preferred option of SCC which appears to be to keep the individual music and drama collections in tact (positive in itself) but relocating them separately within other main libraries in the system, so diminishing the specialist nature in the future of the SPAL.

With meetings taking place during January, Mark Welling, Chairman of FOSPAL will be attending the BRBAC New Year social meeting to give a members an update on the very latest situation.

Grant Applications Deadline – 31 January
A reminder from Grants Sub-committee Chairman, Steve Lawrenson, that the deadline for the receipt of grant applications for the latest round of funding is Wednesday 31 January.
Please contact Steve on 01737 767061 or for information or assistance.

We have been contacted by the Arts Coordinator (Jessica Moylan) at Warren Mead Junior School in Banstead. She's working with Artsmark (run by Arts Council England) to improve the range of arts opportunities on offer for the children in her school. Warren Mead offer their students a creative curriculum but find themselves quite isolated and are very rarely able to take their children on arts based trips or outings as their budget is too small.

Jessica is trying to find local arts organisations who might have projects running that her children could be a part of, or perhaps there are members of your group who might be happy to do live performances/ demonstrations at the school to inspire them? Perhaps you have a team that might offer a workshop or a Q and A session?

If your society is interested in getting involved, please email Jessica on

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