ORGANISERS of the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival have donated £750, together with a commemorative set of Small & Beautiful artworks, to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the charity partner for this year’s event.

The money was raised primarily from a Small & Beautiful exhibition, Widbrook Wildlife talk and The Village Pump takes Flight folk concert.

Arts Festival Chair, Eve Slater said: “Bradford on Avon Arts Festival 2017 is now finished after a vibrant and varied agenda during the first two weeks of September.

“Wiltshire Wildlife has been a terrific partner charity and was creatively involved in our first weekend. We are also co-hosted sell-out events with Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust and the Bradford on Avon Walking Festival.

“I’d like to say thank you to everybody: all our hosts, organisers, artists, musicians, stewards and everyone who helped make this a very successful festival.”

The festival events included the two-week Small & Beautiful art exhibition at Café Grounded, with more than 60 lovely little artworks being sold.

Folk music and poetry provided by the Village Pump filled the West Barn, while at the Fat Fowl café award-winning comedy headlined by Harriet Braine had the4 audience in stitches.

A fun, flighty-themed quiz night was enjoyed by a full house at the Bunch of Grapes Restaurant, while at the Priory Barn Carey Chapman brought the amazing story of the Hon. Mrs Bruce vividly to life to a spell-bound, packed audience.

In addition, many people of all ages helped colour in the Alex Kay’s Big Picture at the Bradford on Avon Library, and more than 600 short poems were entered for the Flights of Fancy poetry competition.

The annual Lantern Procession was well attended, despite the torrential rain, and the festival concluded with an end of summer party with lanterns and live music.