Thursday, 28 February 2013

Looking forward to new events on The Square Dunstable....

A very positive meeting was held yesterday Thursday 27th February 2013, with the Market Traders, Middle Row, Ashton Square businesses and ourselves all working together with the support of DTC to create a new Family Fun Easter Event. There will be another on The Square on the 18th May, The Medieval weekend. Should these prove to be a success more regular events will hopefully take place on other Market days also. All helping to raise the footfall in Dunstable, making it a great place to live, work and visit.

Looking forward to New events on The Square, we would like to hear from all different kinds of entertainers who would like to perform, sing, dance and just liven up this area. All you will need is public liability insurance, there will be no charge to perform on special Market days.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Medieval Lottery Project

On the 17th February 2013 the Meeting of the Medieval Lottery Project took place (one of many). It was great to see it so well attended including ourselves and everyone had a great deal to discuss:
  • Jean Yates (Project Manager) brought in a Fleece from a Lincoln Sheep,which used to graze on Priory Field. During the Medieval Weekend on the 17th/19th May it is hoped that this rare breed of sheep will be grazing here once again.
  • Audio Guides - There are ten of these and they will be FREE to hire but a deposit will be required. There will be two scripts, one for Inside the Priory, factual and another for outside told as in a story format but all true titled 'The Lost Priory'.
  • There will be 21 plaques to accompany the Audio Guides which will soon be seen set in the ground all over Priory Gardens.
  • You will soon see new 'finger posts' around Priory Gardens showing you to different areas.
  • The Physic garden hopes to have Oak paneling at the rear and at the front there will be sleepers to raise the area and lecturns with interpretations on for the Medieval Plants that are to be planted in this area.
  • The Volunteer Town Guides have been busy training and will be giving up there Saturday Mornings from May 18th to October 20th to take visitors around our Historic Town absolutely FREE! There will also be a Guided walk available on the first Sunday or every month also starting at 11am, from May to October.
  • A Documentary is being filmed for the whole event by students from Central Bedfordshire College (Dunstable College). Which will be hopefully available in the Exhibition Room in Priory House along with the FREE Medieval Exhibition.
  • There will possibly be three books about The Priory and a translation of the Annals.
  • Included in the books and also a Map that is being created by the artist Richard Bowring including what Dunstable Priory once owned, land as far afield as Derbyshire, Kings Lyn, London....
  • Along with a book there will be a DVD available ~ Medieval Dunstable It's Monasteries, Manors, Markets and Melees.
  • New information is being added regularly to the Medieval Website
  • As part of this years Medieval events there will be a Gregorian Chant Workshop and on May 18th/19th there will be a large event being held in Priory Church, House and Gardens. With Shield Making for the children, Hopefully the rare Lincoln Sheep will be grazing, Spinners and weavers, Minstrels, a dance work shop, a Medieval Seige and much more for everyone to enjoy at the event will be FREE to enter and enjoy.
  • On Sunday the 19th May there will be a Service at St. Fredmund which will see a procession of the shrine to Priory Church for 10-30am service.
  • On the 29th June There will be a musical history tour inside the Priory Church as part of the celebration of the dedication of the Church organ to the Priory in 1100.
  • 2013 is going to be an amazing year for the people of Dunstable and for the many thousands that are expected in our town over the celebration period of the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Priory Church. We hope you will all enjoy and be part of this very big celebration.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

The Square in Dunstable is about to come alive on Market Days ~ Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays!

A meeting of shop owners from Middle Row, Ashton Square, Market Traders, the Market Manager & ourselves took place today to discuss entertainment and events for The Square in Dunstable. A small part of the £10,000 Portas money was to pay for the licence on The Square so all kinds of entertainment are free to use it. The group is looking for all local businesses to get involved and for 'you' to share with us all what you would like to see on The Square on Market Days ~ From Street Artists, to bands, Auto Jumbles to Children's rides......

If you have an idea, please share it with us. If you would like to use The Square with an idea that will bring people to our town, please message us or share it with us ~ All helping to make Dunstable a better place to live and work.

Why not check out our facebook page also:!/AboutDunstable.Bedfordshire/info

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Dunstable needs entrepreneurs.

Do you have an idea of what you think Dunstable needs?

Why not start with a market stall, grow your business, build a customer base and move to a local shop. What would you sell? "This time next year you could be millionaires!"

Time to get thinking......

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