Sidmouth Folk Week Limited

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Sidmouth Folk Festival has proudly championed traditional music, dance and song since 1955, and the festival continues to build on its many years of success in creating an inclusive music community that embraces variety – celebrating tradition in all its many forms, including the rich diversity of folk arts in the UK, from the grassroots to the cutting edge. Sidmouth Folk Week Limited is a registered charity that exists to support the festival and to promote awareness, understanding and participation in the folk arts.

Become a Friend of Sidmouth Folk Festival - set up a monthly donation of just £3. Choose Monthly Donations on the box to the right. 

This year, we have relaunched the Friends of Sidmouth Folk Festival to help to keep the festival alive for future generations..  We know you are all our friends, but we’d love to make it official! 


Friends of The Sidmouth Folk Festival

By becoming a Friend of The Sidmouth Folk Festival, you can make a contribution to the development of the Festival in future years. We aim to establish a community of people who value what the Festival has achieved in the past and who want this to continue so that others can enjoy the Festival in years to come. The money raised by the Friends will contribute to the overall artistic budget, including a Friends sponsored event. Friends will be kept informed by Newsletter about how money is allocated. 

The Friends of The Sidmouth Folk Festival are passionate about the festival and its long-term future.

“We joined the Friends because we just love the festival – it’s one of the highlights of the year.”

 Whatever your interest – whether it’s the big concerts, the dances, the late-night parties, the dance displays, the smaller-scale events, the special events for children or young people or the extensive workshop programme – you can help ensure the festival’s future by joining the Friends.

“I joined the Friends to provide regular financial support to an event that I love.”

Who can become a Friend?

Anyone and everyone! You can’t have too many Friends! Especially in Sidmouth – where the festival has led to lifelong friendships amongst people who love the festival, the town, the dance and the music.

What do I receive as a Friend?

Mainly, a warm glow from helping to guarantee its future. You will also receive special emailed newsletters, a Friends of the Sidmouth Folk Festival badge and an invite to a special Friends’ reception and get-together at the Festival.

How do I join?

Joining is easy, just sing up for a £3 monthly donation. You can pay by credit/debit card and if you are a UK taxpayer, please GiftAid your donation.  

“I have enjoyed many years attending the Festival and hope to support it for many more.”

The Sidmouth Folk Festival charity

The Sidmouth Folk Festival charity (Sidmouth FolkWeek Ltd) supports the Festival with fundraising to ensure its long-term success. It was formed in 2005, following a major change in the management of the Festival. The charity’s trustees are all enthusiastic Festival supporters, many with a long association with the event and with a strong representation from local residents. The chair is Derek Schofield, a Festival MC and author of the Festival’s history, published in 2004.


Over the last twenty years, the charity’s main focus has been the organisation of the street collections during the Festival. In the last few years and, in particular, since the Covid pandemic, the charity has expanded its activities.

Over recent years, the charity has:

● Organised the street and venue collections. Over the last 10 festivals it has contributed an average of £14,400 per year (plus £2,000 pa GiftAid), helping to fund the workshop and participation programme.

● Established a Friends Scheme, now relaunched as The Friends of The Sidmouth Folk Festival. Further details here

● Set up a Legacy Scheme, launched in 2022. Further details here

● Organised a Grand Draw in 2023, contributing £3,500 to Festival funds.

● Hosted the Bulverton Floor Crowdfunding campaign in 2023 which raised over £21,000 (plus an estimated £3,600 in GiftAid).

● Hosted the major Crowdfunding campaign during the Covid pandemic.


The charity also supports the Festival’s Business Sponsorship scheme, which is organised by the Festival organisers. Further details here.

The charity is always pleased to hear from individual Festival goers, local residents and businesses who would like to assist the charity in achieving its aims. In particular, we are always glad to hear from anyone who can assist with street collections.

Additional Information

The current chair of the trustees is Derek Schofield, a concert MC at the festival and author of the history of the festival, published in 2004.

Other trustees are:

Rachel Charles: Somerset shop proprietor.

Janet Dowling, vice chair: storyteller, former President of The Morris Federation and local resident.

Andy Griffiths: retired senior manager of a major UK retailer and local resident.

Barry Lister: singer, festival MC, co-presenter of Sid Valley Radio’s folk music programme and local resident.

Bev Langton: dancer, former co-producer of the festival’s Children’s Festival.

Chris Lockyear: chair of Sidmouth Town Council.

Jean Salt: founder of Sidmouth Steppers and local resident.

Tim Shardlow: treasurer and secretary: festival supporter and retired Sidmouth solicitor.

Colin Trussell: retired human resources director with an international company and local resident.

Eddie Upton: singer, former festival director and former director of Folk South West.

The charity’s objects, as stated in its Memorandum of Association, are:

“To advance the education of the general public by promoting, in and around the town of Sidmouth in East Devon, an annual festival of Folk Arts and other associated events, both in Sidmouth and elsewhere, which will encourage an awareness, knowledge, understanding, conservation and appreciation of and participation in the Folk Arts. Such Folk Arts will include, but not be limited to, the arts of traditional music, song, dance, drama, storytelling and related folklore, customs, arts and crafts which originate, but not exclusively, in the United Kingdom and their development into contemporary forms.”

The charity has a number of powers to further these objects, including:

“To apply for, collect or organise the collection of, or receive from private individuals, corporations or any other sources donations, grants, subscriptions and other financial assistance and generally to raise funds for the objects of the Charity, but in doing so the Charity shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activity and must comply with any relevant statutory regulations.”


13th June 2024 at 9:05am

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