Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
4MI-2013-11-28030
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Brooks-Williams1
Brazier
Camilla-MSM
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
D4S9273
White-Horse
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
Civic-Service-18
SBJ
Turin-Brakes6
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
Remebrance-18-2
Animals06
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Ogbourne
George-Wilding-301
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Tina-May5
Snowy-High-Street
IMG8472
Gordon-and-Sam
Torch-2012-05-23093-
FROSTY-MORNING-
Hares017cropped
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
Sunset2
Sunset
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
D812668
Scouting-for-Girls7
Roving-Crows1
Musical-Time-Machine5
Remebrance-18-1
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
IMG9097
D4S0472
TdB-Pewsey044
Big-Bull
Pete-Gage-Band1
Remebrance-18-3
MYFC005
Inbox-1
Duke-of-Kent086
Landscape
JazzFestSat572
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Inbox2

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jazz Epilogue

Sirs 
I was saddened but not surprised to hear the Jazz Festival is no longer. I was involved as a steward from the 1990s and contributed on the organising committee and latterly as Chief Steward for some 4 years to 2013.
 
The Marlborough Jazz Festival became the town's leading community event and despite its 'international' branding, was largely and strongly enjoyed by the local community. It became larger than the sum of those involved and brought together many individuals whose voluntary efforts, whether organising the stages and equipment, security, first aid or helping with the stewarding greatly enriched the town.
 
Nevertheless, its demise was inevitable. It became apparent to me soon after joining the committee that executive control of the event took place through a sub group of trustees. The result was that the main committee experienced a revolving door of very capable contributors who became disillusioned with the event's seemingly opaque direction.
 
Some three years ago, it was suggested that the event's future should be reviewed - providing an opportunity to put in place a next generation organisation. But for several reasons this initiative foundered.

It is a sad epilogue that questions have been raised about how the event’s income was spent, but the real obstruction to progress was the trustees' apparent resistance to any kind of format change.

Despite what some may believe, the issue of road closures was irrelevant to the future of the Jazz Festival. This wider and ongoing issue affects several popular and unpopular events and needs assertive direction (not so easy to achieve) at local government level.
 
It is great news to read that a new, alternative event is now being proposed and that the entertainment scope might - at last - be widened. The town needs an inclusive, high profile event to highlight its position as the region's major tourist focus, and this represents a major opportunity for the local hospitality industry.
 
Mantonfest's meteoric growth over the past five years shows what can be done when community support is strong. A well organised, value for money, transparent town event can be well supported and can become a high profile contributor to worthy local causes.
 
Peter Morgan, Manton

Print

Roving-Crows1
Brazier
Pete-Gage-Band1
Remebrance-18-3
Duke-of-Kent086
Sunset
Gordon-and-Sam
Big-Bull
Landscape
D4S0472
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Animals06
Scouting-for-Girls7
George-Wilding-301
MYFC005
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Brooks-Williams1
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Tina-May5
IMG8472
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
CivicSelfie1
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
4MI-2013-11-28030
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
Snowy-High-Street
Remebrance-18-2
Camilla-MSM
Remebrance-18-1
D4S9273
Ogbourne
Civic-Service-18
SBJ
Torch-2012-05-23093-
White-Horse
Turin-Brakes6
IMG9097
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
D812668
Sunset2
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
JazzFestSat572
Musical-Time-Machine5
TdB-Pewsey044
Hares017cropped