Local Councillors obtain funding boost for Phoenix Festival
Release date: 12 August 2016
Caption: Local councillors and Phoenix Festival volunteers looking forward to the big event.
Councillors from Cotswold District Council have bid successfully for £13,000 worth of funding to support the forthcoming Phoenix Music Festival, which takes place in the Abbey Grounds, Cirencester, on 27 and 28 August.
Now in its fourth year, this free festival has won many plaudits for its wide variety of great music, quality food and drink and memorable atmosphere.
Nine councillors, representing wards around Cirencester, bid for a grant through a Youth Activities fund which was made available to CDC by Gloucestershire County Council. The strength of support for the festival resulted in a higher grant than usual being allocated to the event.
Cllr Joe Harris, the Ward Member for St Michael’s, explains why the Phoenix Festival attracted such a high level of backing:
“Cirencester’s Phoenix Festival is a great example of community partnerships in action, inspiring and involving young people from across the Cotswolds. The festival supports local talent, engages businesses and makes live performance accessible to thousands of people of all ages. For many of the younger people involved in the staging of the event, it is also a chance to develop valuable social and organisational skills and general self-esteem, all of which will be of great benefit when they enter the world of work.”
Cllr Alison Coggins, CDC Cabinet Member for Health and Leisure, was very pleased to endorse the bid for the funding:
“The Phoenix Festival has quickly established itself as one of the highlights in the Cotswolds summer calendar of events, and it goes from strength to strength every year. We are always looking for worthy contenders when allocating funds for youth activities, and this event ticks all the boxes. I must add that we still have more funding on offer from our youth activities allocation, and I would encourage anyone with a suitable project in mind to contact their local CDC councillor to see if they will qualify for some financial support.”