As Create Longridge draws closer, the town comes together to ensure this is the best event yet, writes Olivia Beaty

With 14th July on the horizon, plans for this year’s art competition are developing and more people and businesses are offering their support to Create Longridge.

Silk painting and pottery classes are the latest activities which have been added to the exciting programme of fringe events. The pottery will take place at St Wilfrid’s Primary School, led by professional potter and former CBeebies presenter Lizi Pickup.

Expert Kelly Holland will be hosting silk painting classes, with two classes for children aged nine to 13 years and one class for adults. Visit Longridge Gallery to book your places today!

Alistair Sheret of Longridge Gallery tells me: “It’s important for us to ensure that children have the opportunity to express themselves creatively and the adult classes, as well as the creative writing event, ensures the whole community has the opportunity to get involved. We want everyone to enjoy this day together.”

Create Longridge would like to say a huge thank you to their prize sponsors for 2018!

This year’s first prize sponsor of £2,000 is Raymond James Investment Services. Raymond James provides bespoke financial planning and investment advice and management to its clients.

Founder and Branch Principal, Wayne Hayhurst says: “With our business being based in the heart of Longridge we are honoured to be sponsoring such an amazing event. I have lived in Longridge all my life and have always admired the community spirit. I am always keen to get involved in great initiatives like this.”

Hoppy Days Micro Pub is once again sponsoring the third prize. Owner, Peace Townsend is delighted to announce that Hoppy Days will be brewing the very first ‘Create Ale 2018’ in collaboration with Crankshaft brewery. This will be available from a cask and in bottles from the micropub.

“The event shines a light on the diverse community that we have here, it highlights all the different forms of art, from fine arts to the art of making,” adds Peace.

Tina’s Corner Bakery, Helen Cartmell Botanical Magic, Fullaloves Wine Bar, Blue Moon Computers and SO Plants have all already confirmed their sponsorship of the event too. Helen Cartmell tells me why she thinks Create Longridge is great for the town: “It brings many people to the area who may not have visited us before, the day benefits all the businesses here whilst everyone is enjoying a lovely community vibe. The day is a great way for local talent to showcase their work.”

Thank you to all other sponsors involved who are generously giving their time to help make this event a success including Swifts Hardware, TPW Design, Longridge Town Council, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Oh Sew Crafty, Holden & Company, Live Magazines and Longridge Gallery.

It’s not too late for you to get involved! Visit the website for regular updates and to find out how you can be a part of the fun! See you in July!



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