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Hemlock Happening 2012

Hemlock Happening 2012

On Saturday 2nd June 2012, the 11th Hemlock Happening, Broxtowe Borough's most fun, most entertaining and best attended free community event of the year takes place.

All the fun happens at Bramcote Hills Park in full view of the Hemlock Stone. The festivities start at 1pm and end with a fireworks finale at 10:30pm. The event is organised by Broxtowe Borough Council in conjunction with The Bramcote & Stapleford Golden Jubilee Group.

A live, fun packed day to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and Olympic year with music, street theatre, dance, make and take, re-enactment, sports and dozens of local groups, schools and organisations. A team of local people have been working hard to create some truly memorable Jubilee themed street theatre that will be performed on the field - be prepared to be right royally entertained!

Also, we will be running some 1950's themed dance workshops, a display of 1950's vintage cars plus postcards, a variety of make and take Jubilee activities and join the Urban Gardeners and create you own miniature Olympian Garden.

On the stage the Jeanie Barton Quartet will be performing an hour of music inspired by the 1950's with an opportunity for a good old fashioned sing-a-long! Community groups and organisations have all been asked to pull out the stops and decorate their stalls with bunting to celebrate this momentous weekend.....

We welcome 'What a Palaver' with the 'Fun and Games, Games' a performance and afternoon of silliness specially commissioned by Broxtowe Borough Council for the Olympic Year. What a Palaver will perform 30 acts in 30 minutes including plate spinning, juggling and fire-breathing to celebrate the 30th Olympiad and then they will challenge you, the audience to get involved.

The Stage

At the Hemlock Happening, there are live performances throughout the day on the main stage in the walled garden, local schools will perform alongside local youth, dance & community groups leading into the evening programme with music from local bands and groups and our finale act for 2012 - Sticky Morales, who are once again guaranteed to fill the dance floor. See the full programme below. NB. This programme could be subject to change.

Programme of Events

  • 13:00 - Opening Speech
  • 13:10 - Wadsworth Fields Primary School
  • 13:35 - Bramcote Hills Primary School
  • 13:55 - Albany Junior School
  • 14:15 - Lion Dance with the Notts & Derby 7 Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu School
  • 14:40 - Fairfield Primary School
  • 14:50 - White Hills Park Federation with Alderman White School
  • 15:20 - George Spencer Academy
  • 16:05 - Manushi Dance Group
  • 16:15 - Atmosphere Glee Choir
  • 16:25 - Pushing Boundaries Inclusive Dance Company
  • 16:40 - Bevox Choir
  • 17:20 - Wollaton School of dancing
  • 17:40 - Stapleford Young Peoples Centre Dance & Music
  • 18:00 - Sam Barson Soloist
  • 18:20 - Jeanie Barton Quartet
  • 19:35 - Beeston Musical Theatre Group
  • 20:00 - Don Morrells Gin Mill Syncopators
  • 21:05 - Beeston Musical Theatre Group
  • 21:30 - Sticky Morales

    10.30pm The grand finale spectacular firework display

The Field

We are pleased to welcome back re-enactment group 'Team Falchion'. Visit the Parrot Aid tent and meet Gizmo the world famous parrot. Dog owners can enjoy the ever popular 'Dogs Day Out' with competitions and prizes. Other regular attractions include the dance area, W.I. cake stall, strawberries and cream, Wildlife Trust, Guides and Scouts stalls, a few kiddies fair rides, craft activities and many more community groups and organisations, a few children's fair rides and much much more:-

Air Cadets                           Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Army Forces Careers Office Nottinghamshire County Council Playworker
Attenborough Nature Reserve

Notts - Derby Hemlock Stone Lions Club Vintage Car Display

Beeston Players Olympiad Gardens with The Urban Gardeners
Bramcote Conservation Society Parrot Aid
Bramcote History Group Pulp Friction
Bramcote Leisure Centre Push Dance Group
Bramcote Park Business & Enterprise School Recycling Team
Bramcote Womens Institute (WI) Regeneration Games
Broxtowe Play Forum Rotary Club of Stapleford & Sandiacre
Community Celebration Group Royal Jewellery Making
D H Lawrence Heritage St Michael's Church

Dig In

Stapleford Library
Dog Fun Day Stapleford Young People's Centre
Friends of Bramcote Tower  Surestart Childrens centre
Guides Taekwondo Group
Jubilee Flag Workshop Team Falchion
Lindy Hop Dancers UK Trini & Friends
Manushi Dance  Group Walk & Talk
Nottingham Community Health Warrior Marshall Arts
Nottingham Playhouse What a Palaver with 'The Fun & Games, Games'
1st Stapleford Scouts 1950's Postcard display - Nottingham Postcard Club

History of the event

The Hemlock Happening is a great free day out for all the family.  The event has gone from strength to strength since the first Hemlock  Happening was organised in 2002 by Broxtowe Borough Council in conjunction with the newly formed Bramcote and Stapleford Golden Jubilee Group - to celebrate the 'Queens Golden Jubilee'. The group continue to work 'hand in hand' with Broxtowe Borough Council to provide a platform for local talent, local groups, community engagement and professional artists workshops and performances.

The event was inspired by an Arts Development project in 2001 to investigate the history, geology and mythology of the Hemlock Stone. That project resulted in a community play 'The Stone', that was performed in the shadow of the Hemlock Stone to over 700 people. It was the first time the walled garden had been used for a performance event and the public response was tremendous.

More information

For more information on the event visit the Hemlock Happening official website using the offsite link on the right hand side.  Alternatively contact the arts & events team at Broxtowe Borough Council.

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