The only thing I might criticise is the sound balance. Often, the voices singing were drowned by the instrumental backing. This was a shame, as there were some beautiful singers.
The second occasion was to see In the Red by The Paper Birds in association with Make the Move, This was described as “A devising project for 13 to 18 year olds”. It was a slightly difficult to describe event in which song, dance and story, some funny, some serious, were performed within an overall quiz show format. I was mightily impressed by the actors – I was going to say “young actors” but in truth you soon forgot their young ages. I have no doubt that we have not seen the last of these actors. The 40 minutes that the show lasted passed in no time at all.
Standing at the entrance to The Space, you can look across the road to see the twin towers of the Landmark Café, standing dark and forlorn, bereft of their true purpose. I call it the Landmark Café; others, perhaps less kindly, call it the most expensive public toilets in Britain!
Parkwood Theatres, who took over the running of the Queens and Landmark Theatres following the disgraceful and, to my mind, totally unnecessary demise of the North Devon Theatres Trust, have issued a neat little brochure detailing what is on at the two theatres. It is good to see that there is a full programme at the Queens, less good to see that the only thing on at the Landmark is the Beer Festival.
Their website has a page for What’s on at the Landmark. It is blank!
I don’t know what was the deal Parkwood have with North Devon Council, but surely it should have provided that Parkwood put on events at both venues. Obviously, given that Barnstaple is several times the size of Ilfracombe, it is right that they should have priority, but is it right that they should have everything and we should have nothing? Once more, Ilfracombe suffers as a result of our association with our bigger neighbour.
On the subject of the Landmark, don’t miss the Landmark Beer and Music Festival beginning on Friday 25th August, and especially the incomparable Falling Apart from 9pm!
Is there no end to the entertainment offered in our little town? Seemingly not, since the weekend concludes on the highest of all possible high notes with the Ilfracombe Carnival, starting at 6pm from the Hillsborough Car Park, and then down the High Street, along Wilder Road and finishing at Broad Street in the harbour. I have it on good authority that Santa hopes to be there and may well have sweets for good boys and girls as well as for boys and girls who aspire to be good between now and Christmas!
Finally, in case you haven’t seen it on Facebook,. Here is the information on The Tubby Foundation offer of bursaries that I promised last week.
e expect to offer two bursaries, each a one-off payment of £500, although the trustees reserve the right to offer fewer or even none if they feel that there are insufficient worthy applicants. To be eligible, you must be going to a British University and must have some connection to Ilfracombe, specifically, you must live or be educated in Ilfracombe or in one of the surrounding villages. Also, these bursaries are limited to those studying science or engineering subjects only.
It is important that you should look at the rules, see mrtubby.online/rules. These give more information as to eligibility. They also tell you what documents we would like you to provide and the deadline by which all applications must be received, which, this year, is 5pm on Thursday 31st August If you have any queries, please first look at the rules, as you may find your answer there.
As a parent myself, I know that parents will always want to help their children if they can. However, the Foundation expects students going to University to be sufficiently mature to handle their own affairs. Accordingly, while I am prepared to answer preliminary enquiries from parents etc., I will not enter into extended correspondence. Any detailed information must be requested by the student themselves.
Finally, there is no advantage to getting your application in first – the person who gets it in at 4.59pm on the last day will stand as much (or as little) chance as the person who gets it in on the first day. So it is well worth taking a little extra time to make sure you have everything you have been asked for and that you have said everything in your favour that you can think of – speaking as someone who used to have to interview would-be employees, this advice is also good for when you come to apply for a job!. Of course, on the other hand, someone whose application does not arrive until 5.01pm on the last day will be at a disadvantage, so I suggest you don’t leave it until the last minute.
Good luck to everyone going to University, whether or not you apply for or qualify for a bursary. I hope you both enjoy and profit from your University years.