2013 Who took part?

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Here is a little background information about the organisations involved in CredFest, in alphabetical order, with links to more information about them and a reminder of the date of their event (full event information is on the What’s On page):

Buller Square Phoenix Project is a Heritage Lottery Funded project to research the heritage of Buller Square and respond through writing and printmaking, culminating in an exhibition. More information about this project is on the Buller Square Project page.

Charles Academy of Dance delivers fun, friendly and high quality teaching to students of all ages and abilities, with venues based in and around Crediton. Proud of our reputation as a centre of dance excellence, the school boasts an impressive portfolio of outstanding exam results and student success (from our very youngest pre-school students, through to our adult dancers and Intensive Programme students). We offer recreational classes purely for fun and enjoyment and suitable for beginners through to classes designed for the more serious dancer training on a professional, advanced level! All teachers are fully qualified, with training and examinations taken in accordance with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Look out for their displays on 25 June and 13 July.

Christians Together in Crediton are a voluntary group representing all the Crediton Churches. They organise occasional ecumenical events.  For more information contact the CTC chair Clare Shelley on 01363775153 or email clare@shobrookepark.com  Join them on Newcombes Meadow on 30 June for a hymn singing fest.

CODS have been performing in Crediton since 1965. The 50+ strong company produce a large-scale musical, play and September concert every year. CODS are renowned for being a friendly and welcoming company of like-minded performers. If you are interested in getting involved with us, on or off stage, please get in touch. They are participating in the Music Market with a workshop on 22 June.

HaHAComedy Suits is a bunch of comics who’ve been entertaining the tougher crowds of Crediton for a few years now. If you want to find out more about their philosophy you might try emailing julianpwild@hotmail.com. Alternatively you could just sample their humorous songs, sketches and stand up on Fri 7 June at the Three Little Pigs or Fri 14 June at Crediton Arts Centre

CRAMP is the Crediton Rural Arts & Music Project, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to increase the range of opportunities for local people to be involved in music and the arts, and to help enable the results to be presented to a wider audience. It is and run by volunteers, mostly musicians and artists living and working in Mid Devon. CRAMP has organised many one-off, monthly and annual music events in the local community (both outdoor and indoor), as well as visual arts exhibitions, and creative projects for young people. They offer a community PA system for hire by members.  One of their most successful ventures is the open mic night, on the last Friday of each month at The Lamb Inn, Sandford. They have organised a host of events during this Festival under the umbrella of the Music Market 21-23 June.

Crediton Area Children’s Centre. Sure Start Children’s Centres are funded by the government to work with young children and their families to enable them to have the best start in life. This means that we work with a number of other agencies, including the voluntary sector, from early pregnancy until the children go to school. This may be through play sessions that  are open to all, or through small group or one-to-one support tailored to individual needs. We are well established within the community, and continue to build on relationships with parents, partner agencies and organisations, linking with services across the Crediton area and beyond. The skills of our experienced staff enable us to deliver a flexible and responsive service. Health Visitors and School Nurses are based in the Children’s Centre building. Tel: 01363 77721. Sample some events with music during Crediton Festival 2013

Crediton Arts Centre  are managing the Festival as a whole as well as providing space for Buller Square Phoenix Project workshops, launching the Primary Schools Project (Summer’s Tales, 26-28 June), running Shakespeare in the Square presenting The Winter’s Tale (3-6 July) and supporting the Food Festival (15-16 June). They have also obtained the funding for and are managing the Crediton Flag Project.

Crediton Farmers Market. The main reason to visit the market (generally on the first and second Saturdays of the month) is to buy food that is local, fresh, full of flavour and at its best. The stallholders are  primary producers, working from field to fork, and at the market they sell only what they grow themselves or otherwise create. www.creditonfarmersmarket.com At the Festival Sat 1 June and 6 July.

Crediton Festival Chorus is a  specially formed choir of local singers open to anyone with enthusiasm and energy. Previous choral experience is helpful but not essential. To join in for CredFest (see details of the programme on 23rd June on the What’s On page) you will need to register, by completing and returning registration forms (download here, available in church and from Crediton Library). Participants are also asked to pay a one-off subscription of £15 per singer (under 18’s sing free), along with music hire fees of £2.00 for one score, or £3.00 for both. There are six Rehearsals at 7.30–9.30pm on 13, 20 May, 3, 10, 17, 20 June and on concert day (23 June) 1.30–4.30pm with 5.30pm performance. More information from Tina Guthrie 07792188253 or e-mail tina.guthrie@btinternet.com

Crediton Food & Drink Festival keep up to date with the latest news about this fantastic 5th year celebrating local food and drink via their website: Crediton Food & Drink Festival. As well as local producers there are demonstrations, competitions, music, raffles and above a chance to socialise. So make a date in your diary for Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June. Additional event on 8 July, Taste Sensations at Crediton Arts Centre.


Crediton in the early 18th century

Crediton Area History and Museum Society is formed of volunteers, ensuring that  we remember, value and conserve our historic heritage. The Museum, in the High Street, will be open throughout the Festival. Pop in to enjoy treasures from our area’s past each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am till 4pm and each Saturday from 10am till 1pm. In addition, the Research Corner, where family history can be researched, will be open each Wednesday and Saturday from 10am till 1pm. The main exhibition at the museum will feature ‘Local Worthies’, local people who have gone on to make their mark on the national, and sometimes international, stage. During the festival, local historians will lead heritage walks around the town and the railway station, see the festival programme for details. Further info: 01363773919/774441 or email creditonmuseum@btinternet.com

Crediton Library is part of Devon Libraries’ 50 branches and 8 mobiles. Our aim is to help people of all ages with their reading, learning and information interests. Tel: 772578. If you enjoy a good murder make a date for 13 June!

Crediton Parish Church Flower Festival This annual celebration of floral art has been attracting more and more admirers over the years. This year’s title is National Treasures, so make a date for 1-6 June.

Crediton Rugby Club Local community Rugby Club providing rugby for all ages – under 9s to under 16s in the Junior Section with girls rugby at under 13 and under 15 levels (over 200 players) plus a Colts team and three adult teams in the senior Section. Come to the Junior Membership Evening on Friday 6 September 2013 at 6pm for all existing and new members within the under 9 to under 16 age groups including girls rugby at under 13 and under 15. Kit shop open. For more information call  0136384519 or 07818244381. Meanwhile don’t forget the Beer Festival on Sat 8 June.

Crediton Running Network is a local running club open to all from beginners to experienced runners. They host the annual Crediton Crunch on 19 May and are hosting a Social Run for everybody on 29 June. Find out more on www.creditonrunningnetwork.co.uk

Crediton Scout Group and Crediton District Guiding Sun 23 June, 11am-3pm on Newcombes Meadow. The Scouting and Guiding groups are inviting local families to join them in the park for a family fun day.  Come along and try out some typical adventurous activities: tent pitching, fire lighting, gadget building, team games, pioneering, cooking, crafts, map reading and orienteering.  Try five activities and earn a free badge. Refreshments, food and drink, will be available to purchase. Scouting and Guiding incorporates Beavers, Rainbows, Cubs, Brownies, Scouts, Guides and Explorers. Uniformed groups for young people aged from 5 – 18. Come join us – rain or shine!

Crediton TAGB Tae Kwon Do are offering FREE taster sessions of this South Korean Martial Art. They train on Tuesdays in QE Upper School Old Gym in a family friendly atmosphere. Learn self–defence, get fit, improved flexibility. For all ages from 4+  For more details check out the website: www.innae-tkd.co.uk or contact Ian Bazley 4th Degree Black Belt Mobile: 07770590986. Try their taster session on Sunday 2nd June in Newcombes Meadow or on Tuesdays at QE.

Crediton Twinning Association with Avranches in France. Through language exchange, home life, culinary and cultural differences English and French families experience another way of life. Families are accommodated during formal and informal visits when social events, trips to local scenic and historical places enhance the experience. Long term bonds between families are often forged. If you would you like to know more or join, then please contact Peter Brewer on 01363774269 or see details on their webpage. Meanwhile join in on home turf with a boules tournament on Sat 8 June.

Crediton United AFC celebrated their centenary in 2010. Find out more about their teams and fixtures on their website. They regularly host an adult 6-a-side football tournaments which is coinciding with this year’s CredFest.

Crediton Youth Football Club runs football training and matches in local leagues for children/youths from age 7 to 16 (boys and girls). Their hugely popular junior 6-a-side football tournament also coincides with this year’s CredFest.

Crediton Youth Theatre. Youth arts organisation based at the Crediton Arts Centre, creating dynamic musical theatre with young people aged 7-18. Formed in 2008, it provides the opportunity for young people in Crediton and Mid Devon to enjoy the dramatic arts, through weekly sessions and holiday projects. Over the past five years it has developed an excellent reputation for high-quality performances. CYT teaches skills, builds self-confidence and fosters teamwork amongst its members. It endeavours to keep the cost of participation as low as possible, to enable as many young people as possible to engage in quality arts activities. For more information contact Jez on 773337 or email cyt@waxroom.co.uk. See them in action on 25 June in The Circus of Secrets.


Devon Senior Voice: Crediton and Area Branch. We aim to improve the quality of life for the over-50s across the district’s 25 parishes. Membership is free, and we have a regular programme of friendly meetings for members at the Catholic Church meeting room in Park Street, Crediton, featuring guest speakers on topical issues. Devon Senior Voice is also part of Healthwatch Devon, the independent consumer watchdog for health and social care. For more information contact Ron Cuthbertson on 01363 775502 or email ron@blissout.demon.co.uk or visit www.devonseniorvoice.org

Hillbrow House Residential Care Home at 1 Park Road are throwing open their doors on Friday 21 July (go to What’s On for more details) for Crediton residents to share lunch or cream tea and view the building and gardens. Call Sheila Gurr on 01363773055 for more information.

Holy Cross Choir is based in the Collegiate Church of The Holy Cross, Crediton. Crediton Parish Church is the main Church of England church in Crediton. With 60 members, aged between 7 and 80, the choir at Holy Cross is acclaimed as one of the finest and most successful parish choirs in the region. For further information contact Dr Steven Martin on  travellingopera1898@gmail.com or call the Parish Office on 01363773226 (manned on Tuesday and Friday mornings). The choir are in concert on Sunday 9 June.

(ITSWA) International Taijiquan and Shaolin Wushu Association (Devon) We offer the best in Martial Arts following a direct lineage to the founder Warrior Monk from the Shaolin Temple who created Praying Mantis Kung Fu.  Shifu Robert is a 9th generation disciple of 7 Stars Praying Mantis Kung Fu under Chief Instructor Shifu Derek Frearson and Grand Master Lee Kam Wing.  We teach children gymnastic Kung Fu and Chinese Wrestling.  We teach adults traditional Kung Fu and Chinese Kickboxing.  This Kung Fu is high action.  We are members of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts through which we offer competitions to our students in traditional routines and sparring.  We also offer training trips within the UK, Europe and to China and Hong Kong.  We also perform the traditional Chinese Lion Dance.  Come and see this vibrant and alive club in action. Claim a free taster at any session during the festival. For more details email robert@prayingmantisboxing.co.uk or call 07973263049 or go to www.prayingmantisboxing.co.uk

Katharine Mitchell School of Dance was established in 1997 following the retirement of the late Heather Cope. The school offers dance tuition for children 2½ years upwards in ballet, modern, street dance, tap and musical theatre with classes at the Lords Meadow Leisure Centre and the Methodist Church Hall in Crediton. A free trial lesson is offered to all new pupils. They are performing on Sun 7 July. Call Katharine on 07969669315 or email  school@kmitchelldance.co.uk

Kyrton Archers is based at  Queen Elizabeth’s Community College, Lower School, Barnfield, Crediton and was formed in March 1978. We are affiliated with The Devon and Cornwall Archery Society, The Grand Western Archery Society and The Grand National Archery Society which now trades under the name of Archery GB. We have over 40 members involved in the club, some of whom participate in tournaments around the county, and some selected to shoot with the county team. With target archery forming the basis of the club, we also promote and participate in field archery.  Many bow styles are practiced from Recurve (‘Olympic’) and Compound to traditional Longbow. In order to join the club you must first complete a Beginners Course. Two courses are held each year, commencing in April and September. Our shooting venues are QE Lower School (indoors) and Newton St Cyres Recreation Ground (outdoors). Have a go on Newcombes Meadow on 2 June.

Lapstock Music Festival. For us, Lapstock is an all year programme of events and workshops held in out village of Lapford, Devon. Organised by the local community, Lapstock is a celebration of local skills and talents. Our goal is to develop these and provide a series of ‘family’ events attracting local audiences, supporting local producers, traders and performers. Now in its 7th year, Lapstock has grown from within the community. We take a whole village approach that reaches out to all. We have learnt that music brings people together. Across the next year we shall be developing new events and workshops for people to share their talents and learn. All the funds we raise are invested back into the community. Find out more on www.lapstock.org.uk

Lords Meadow Leisure Centre boasts two light and attractive swimming pools that are easy to access with an ultra violet light treatment system, allowing the chlorine levels to be maintained at a very low level. The air conditioned fitness suite contains a range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment, a free weights area and a team of fitness experts on hand. Recently refurbished and extended, the gym boasts the latest, state of the art equipment. There are many clubs running sessions at the centre, a variety of activities and ages are catered for, some competitive, others more sociable. During the Festival the Centre are promoting a host of events under the Sign Up Your Street label.

Mid Devon Tai Chi is dedicated to movement and health! We practice a style of Tai Chi called Chen Style.  Tai Chi is known to reduce stress, coordinate the body, calm the mind, increase concentration and even to clear up problems of the musculoskeletal system i.e. the bits that hurt can even go away.  More and more research is being done on the benefits of practising Tai Chi  (personal accounts from local students verify this testimony).  Most people in the UK take Tai Chi late in life and this is good although it is best to start young before issues in joint begin to develop. We also practice various forms of Qigong from the Chinese Health Qigong Association and from the Shaolin Temple.  Relax, Stretch, Revitalise, Unwind, Calm Down, Balance – these words best describe the effects of practising Qigong.  We offer classes in Tai Chi and Qigong in the local area.  What you learn in a class with Mid Devon Tai Chi are flowing movements from Tai Chi routines that give the benefits described above.  The movements once practised sufficiently are mesmerising and visually stunning to watch performed.  Our Tai Chi is authentic coming directly from Grand Master Chen Xiaowang 19th Generation Lineage holder of the Chen family, considered on of the best Martial Artists in China, his movement is incredible and considering he is in his late 60’s is all the more impressive!  Email robert@prayingmantisboxing.co.uk or call Robert on 07973263049 or go to www.middevontaichi.com for more details.

The Music Makers is a new project to champion the best of amateur music-making in the Crediton area, providing a platform for performing musicians in Crediton: playing classical and other genres of western music. For more information contact Paul Vincent on pv@eclipse.co.uk and enjoy their concert on Tuesday 9 July. If you are interested in taking part in the project please download this Invitation pack to musicians.

Once Read Secondhand and Antiquarian Books. A diverse selection of out of print and used books from 4 High Street, Crediton. They donate 10% of their profits to selected charities and are organising the Crediton Book Fair on Sat 2 June. More information from 01363773365 or once.read@rocketmail.com


QE Academy Trust. Queen Elizabeth’s is Crediton’s independent state school offering a wide range of opportunities and a very rich curriculum to over 1500 students aged 11-18 and of all abilities. They are also part of the South West Teaching School Alliance and are Devon’s only state Boarding school. They boast a long history and tradition, which dates back to 1547, but  are also determined to provide the best possible preparation for our young people to become happy and successful adults in the 21st Century. QE students are joining in the Festival with a regular Juggling Club, an Evening of Excellence on 4 July, Art Trail in Crediton High Street and an exhibition in school and a pinhole photography workshop on 19 June.
QE Juggling Club is organised and run entirely by sixth-form students who meet weekly to teach and practice juggling (qejuggling@gmail.com).

Really Wild Forest School is a pop up forest school based in Crediton. We run activities throughout Devon but mostly within the Crediton Learning Community including home school, toddlers, after school groups, holiday clubs and our popular birthday parties. We provide a safe haven for children and families to learn about and fully appreciate what nature has to offer. Forest School Leaders undergo rigorous training and assessment so you know that your child is in safe hands whilst learning to take measured risks and developing a love of nature. For more information about Forest School, go to www.forestschooldevon.co.uk meanwhile check out the special events for Toddlers on 27 June, 4, 11 July and for 6-12 year olds on 29 June, 6, 13 July.

Rotary is an international organisation whose members form a network of men and women to volunteer their time and talents to serve their local communities and those less fortunate around the world. They are therefore eminently qualified to manage the volunteer system for CredFest (see the volunteering page for more information). Crediton Boniface Rotary meets every Tuesday evening, normally at the New Inn at Coleford. Join them in an afternoon Laser Shoot on Sat 15 June. For more information and tickets please contact David Taylor 01392 851604 or email taylord39@sky.com

Sandford Cricket Club provide competitive and social cricket for men, women, boys and girls in Crediton area. Based in Creedy Park, Sandford they run a Community Cricket League from May to July, youth coaching and participate in the Devon and North Devon Cricket Leagues (date information in the sports section of the What’s On page). Do call Nigel Ashplant on 01363 84232 for more information.


Shobrooke Estate present the  Chapterhouse Theatre Company, a professional touring theatre company, bringing its wide range of experience to venues across Britain. The company prides itself on fully accessible, traditional, but innovative productions. Lots more on www.chapterhouse.org. For more information about this visit on 19 July and the Shobrooke Estate call Clare Shelley on 775153 or go to www.shobrookepark.com

St Boniface Concert Society is now in its 23rd year as a local promoter of classical music concerts in Crediton Parish Church. Do find out more from their website but definitely have a taste of the range they present with Travelling by Tuba on 20 June and Navarra String Quartet on 11 July.

Sustainable Crediton logoSustainable Crediton is a network of local people who share an interest in local sustainability issues, are concerned about climate change and the economy. They run a variety of interest groups to raise awareness, mobilise action and run events. During CredFest they are organising a Treasure Hunt on 7 July, a Devon lanes bike ride on 15 June and two Community Markets on 8 June and 13 July. Before then you can find out more about the organisation on their website.


TBC Private Practice Hypnosis taster sessions on Saturdays 15, 22, 29 June, 13 July at 11am. Have you ever wondered what it is like to experience hypnosis?  Try a one hour taster session so that you can experience this wonderfully relaxing therapy with TBC Private Practice and their ex-Harley Street Clinical Hypnotherapists at Hollacombe Farm, Hollacombe Hamlets, Crediton EX17 5BW Tickets from Box Office: £10 adults (over 16). Contact: 01363 775935 or email teresa@tbcprivatepractice.co.uk

Upstream (www.upstream-uk.com) helps older adults to remain active and independent within their communities by introducing people to enjoyable social, creative and physical activities. For more information please call Claire Whewell on 01363778366