Ye noble Diggers all stand up now, stand up now! We need your help!

Join our team of volunteers at this year’s festival

Wigan Diggers' Festival Volunteers

Just a few of the volunteers who help to make sure that the Festival takes place each year.

As every year our festival has got bigger, so the demands on the festival committee and our fantastic team of volunteers who help out on the day has grown with it. This year promises to be no different, with a host of jobs that need doing not only on the day of the festival itself, but also in preparing the site on Friday and clearing everything away on Sunday.

If you can help in any way, and we really do need it, especially from 8.00am on Saturday morning as stall holders arrive and right through to 10.00pm in the evening then please download this Excel spreadsheet and return it to us a.s.a.p.

If you can’t open the file then just e-mail us as your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Please fill in the times you are prepared to volunteer and in what capacity (e.g. Saturday 8th Bar Staff 12.00pm – 4.00pm and/or Sunday 9th Site Clear Up 10.00am – 2.00pm )
WRITE YOUR NAME IN CAPITALS IN THE APPROPRIATE WHITE SPACE & YOUR MOBILE No. so we can contact you if we have any queries) (SEE BELOW)
If you agree to volunteer for a minimum of 4 HOURS then you will receive £10 Food/Beer Tokens PLUS a FREE festival T-SHIRT.
Send your completed spreadsheet to wigandiggers@gmail.com (cc stevechik@talktalk.net)

The spreadsheet is easy to fill in and looks like this: (Your data will remain confidential)

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Thanking you in anticipation of your support.

Wigan Diggers’ Festival Committee

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Wigan Diggers’ Festival 2018 Stall Application

IMG_0297We are now taking stall applications for the Wigan Diggers’ Festival 2018. The number of pitches available is limited, so please please send your completed application form, and a cheque for the appropriate amount, as early as possible to avoid disappointment. All cheques payable to Wigan Diggers’ Festival.

NOTE: Unlike last year, pitches will be clearly marked and provided on a first come first served basis.

You will hear if your application is successful a.s.a.p. and no later than by 31st July.

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Wigan Today Say Yes! And so do we!

Saturday saw another hugely successful Diggers’ Festival in the face of some inclement weather, with thousands attending and and all the feedback indicating a great time was had by all.

Wigan Today reports (see full article at http://www.wigantoday.net/news/diggers-festival-of-art-and-politics-success-1-8747316)

“Festival-goers enjoyed a packed programme of music and politics to hail the Diggers movement, based on Winstanley’s belief that “the Earth was made a common treasury for all”. Dozens of stalls brought together political parties, radical and left-wing movements, environmental and green organisations, unions and campaigns. Popular Wigan folk-rockers Merry Hell headlined the bill of entertainment on the main stage, with other groups performing including John the Baptist and the Second Coming, the Brandon Lee Webb Band and folk act Harp and a Monkey.”

Here are some photos courtesy of Al Balmer of the day’s memorable, and exceedingly enjoyable proceedings.

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7th Wigan Diggers’ Festival – Programme

img_8839The weather forecast isn’t the best we might have hoped for, but come rain or shine, one thing we can say for sure is we’ve another bumper day’s programme of ‘stuff’ planned for this year’s seventh annual free festival.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR CHILDREN

Entertainment for children will be provided throughout the day by STEAM COMMUNITY GROUP in The Wiend/Gerrard Winstanley Gardens area. See our various facebook pages for further info, including details of the themed workshops in our activities tent.

11.00am BADGE MAKING WORKSHOP
12.00noon WEARABLE ART WORKSHOP
1.00pm ELECTRO BUGS WORKSHOP
1.00pm DRUMMING WORKSHOP
2.00pm ROCK A PET WORKSHOP
3.00pm DIGITAL MUSIC MAKING WORKSHOP

NEW THIS YEAR: Check out our Diggers’ Festival Top O’Millgate/Grand Arcade Stage from 10.30am onwards which will combine a traditional Speaker’s Corner style platform for trades union, environmental, social justice and other campaign speakers from across the North West to put their case to the Wigan public; with performance art, and live music, poetry and other entertainment provided by Charlotte Peters Rock, Tony Harper and guests.

Speakers from WASPI; Re-Open Chorley A+E; Fast Food Rights Campaign, People’s Assembly; Bolton & Wigan Diggers; Greater Manchester CND, Frack Free Wigan, Leigh & Makerfield;  Cuba Solidarity, Frack Free Lancs; International Brigade Commemoration and more.

11.30am  – 11.45am – Historic Digging Re-enactment in Gerrard Winstanley Gardens  

Actor Brendan Delaney will once again play the role of Gerrard Winstanley in our symbolic re-enactment of the digging at St. George’s Hill near Weybridge in Surrey in 1649, from which THE DIGGERS gained their name. Accompanied by the Bolton Clarion Choir.

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11.45am  – 12.00noon

Official Opening of the Festival – Main Stage, Believe Square

This year’s festival will be opened by Martin McMulkin, Chair of Unite the Union, North West Regional Committee, this year’s main festival sponsor.   

12.00noon12.40pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

BRANDON LEE WEBB BAND

12.40pm – 1.00pm – Dorothy Fryman Song & Story Stage, Gerrard Winstanley Gardens

MONOLOGUE JOHN BARTLEY – EVA CURLESS – GEORGE MELLING

1.00pm – 1.10pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.10pm – 1.50pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

HARP & A MONKEY

1.30pm – 2.30pm – Wigan Parish Church (around 400 yards from Main Festival site)

A talk by Dr. David Taylor (Historian and Writer from Cobham, Surrey – Gerrard Winstanley’s other home) on GERRARD WINSTANLEY: THE BIBLE & GOD

1.50pm – 2.10pm – Dorothy Fryman Song & Story Stage, Gerrard Winstanley Gardens

JOE ASTLEY

2.10pm – 2.50pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

WONDERLAND TRIP

2.30pm – 3.30pm – The Wiend Bar, The Wiend

Short play “THE PUTNEY PRINCIPLE” by The Soothside Radicles, followed by a discussion with the cast on the issues raised in the play about The Levellers and the 1647 Putney Debates.

2.50pm – 3.15pm – Dorothy Fryman Song & Story Stage, Gerrard Winstanley Gardens

LAWRENCE HOY

3.15pm – 3.45pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

PAULINE BLACKBURN

3.30pm – 4.30pm – The Wiend Bar, The Wiend

Short play “UNFINISHED BUSINESS” by The Soothside Radicles, followed by a discussion with the cast on the issues raised in the play about The Chartists’ movement, which existed from 1838 to 1857 and campaigned for the six basic reforms of ‘The People’s Charter’.

3.45pm – 4.10pm – Dorothy Fryman Song & Story Stage, Gerrard Winstanley Gardens

PATCHWORK RATTLEBAG

4.10pm – 4.25pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

MORE THAN WORDS

4.25pm – 5.00pm – Dorothy Fryman Song & Story Stage, Gerrard Winstanley Gardens

BARD COMPANY

5.00pm – 5.40pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

JOHN THE BAPTIST & THE SECOND COMING

5.40pm – 6.05pm – Dorothy Fryman Song & Story Stage, Gerrard Winstanley Gardens

STEPHEN SMITH

6.05pm – 6.45pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

MATHER ROBINSON BAND

6.45pm – 7.10pm – Dorothy Fryman Song & Story Stage, Gerrard Winstanley Gardens

DARREN POYZER

7.10pm – 7.50pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

VISION THING

7.50pm – 8.20pm – Dorothy Fryman Song & Story Stage, Gerrard Winstanley Gardens

GEORGE BOROWSKI

8.20pm – 8.30pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

8.30pm – 9.30pm – Main Stage, Believe Square

MERRY HELL

9.30pm – FESTIVAL ENDS

 

See you there.

ADDENDUM

Come to Wigan Diggers’ Festival – It’s Brilliant!

Third of the three videos commissioned by the Wigan Diggers’ Festival Committee, to help publicise this year’s 7th free festival on Saturday 9th September. Produced for us by First Take in Liverpool, we think it sums up the spirit of the event and what you can look forward to on the day. We hope you like it.

A big thanks to Jane Farley and her team for their sterling work.

Latest Diggers’ Festival Festival Flyer

Front of the latest flyer for the 7th Annual Wigan Diggers’ Festival on Saturday 9th September in The Wiend, Wigan. This year’s main sponsor is Unite the Union North West Region. Please share and invite your family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. It’s always a reet good do.

Cheers.

 
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An Invitation to the 7th Wigan Diggers’ Festival – Saturday 9th September 2017

Here’s the second of the three videos commissioned by the Wigan Diggers’ Festival Committee, produced for us by First Take in Liverpool. This one features many familiar faces from our annual event, as well as the excellent new song “Come on England” composed by Festival Committee member Bob Kettle, performed by local band and former festival headliners Merry Hell. Hope to see lots of you there again this year.