New appointment at Buxton Fringe AGM
A new treasurer was elected at Buxton Festival Fringe’s recent Annual General Meeting, which bade a fond farewell to longstanding committee member and former treasurer, Barbara Wilson.
Handing over the role to Stephen Walker, Barbara recalled how a chance meeting on the street with former Fringe chair Peter Low in the summer of 1995 led to her being invited to committee meetings. Over the course of some 22 years, she was secretary for 10 years and then treasurer. “I feel like I’ve been here forever!”, she said.
Fringe chair Keith Savage thanked her for her “wise counsel and professional experience” and her “readiness to champion the Fringe, making her the most valued of friends and allies.” During his AGM speech he also paid tribute to the event’s friends, performers, artists and audience members as well as hard-working volunteers and financial backers including long term sponsor The University of Derby, High Peak Borough Council, the Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust and the Buxton Fringe Friends.
The Fringe regularly contributes over £300,000 to the local economy and this year’s event was the biggest ever with 189 separate entries and well over 500 performances. Underground Venues found a new home upstairs at The Old Clubhouse whilst a new managed venue, the Rotunda, sprang up in the Pavilion Gardens.
This year’s AGM took place in the new setting of The Green Man Gallery which will also be hosting the Fringe’s Christmas Party to mark the opening of entries to next year’s Fringe. The free party featuring Derbyshire Village Carols will take place on December 9th from 7pm.
Anyone wanting more information or hoping to become involved as a volunteer or supporter is warmly invited to contact Keith on firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website www.buxtonfringe.org.uk