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Arts Forum cash handed out by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 22, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Cheadle Art Group tutor Gem Webster.

  • Members of the Staffordshire Moorlands Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, from the left, Audrey Dawson and Rachel Slaney.

  • Some of the craftwork on display at the event.

  • Artwork by Cheadle Art Group.

  • Presentations of cheque to the Art Forums in the Staffordshire Moorlands, from the left, Cyril Colgate of Cheadle Arts Forum, SMDC Leader councillor Sybil Ralphs, Eric Cox of the Biddulph Arts Forum, and Keith Davies of the Leek Arts Forum.

  • SMDC Leader councillor Sybil Ralphs, Eric Cox of the Biddulph Arts Forum, and Keith Davies of the Leek Arts Forum.

  • Staffordshire Moorlands District Council leader councillor Sybil Ralphs addresses the audience.

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A variety of creative people gathered to celebrate some of the arts talent in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The event, which was held at Moorlands House in Leek on Thursday, June 12, was hosted by the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) in partnership with Support Staffordshire and included SMDC leader councillor Sybil Ralphs handing over cheques to the three town's Arts Forums.

Poets, musicians, artists and crafts people were among those who showcased their creative flair and talents at the event including: Leek's Borderland Voices, Cheadle Art Group, Biddulph Ukulele Group, Alton Bell Ringers, and Cheadle's C.A.T.S Youth.

The evening was compered by Moorlands Radio presenter Gary Shenton and attendees were treated to a buffet and drinks.

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Ms Ralphs presented, on behalf of SMDC, cheques for £3,500 each to the Arts Forums from Biddulph, Cheadle and Leek.

She said: "We have a tremendous vibrancy of arts in the Staffordshire Moorlands. The wealth and breadth of this sector is incredible. Something we can all be proud of."

The three Staffordshire Moorlands Arts Forums are run by voluntary committees and act as a co-ordinating body for individuals and organisations, both amateur and professional, in order to encourage greater networking.

The forums offer advice in the arts; help promote all fields of the arts in the locality; support and encourage new arts groups, in partnership with arts development team; be the collective voice of the arts across the locality – inclusive of all art forms; and offer small grants to fund opportunities for the arts in the locality.

Ms Ralphs also announced during the event that SMDC are to spend 'several thousands' on youth activities in the Leek and Cheadle area, starting with a World War One Poetry Competition for schools in Cheadle.

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