We are still asking for donations toward the Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival. In the unlikely event that there is money left over after all the bills have been paid, it will go towards the next MIFF.(non of the blurb has changed below this line of text)This site is to raise money for Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival 2014.
The total has changed due to this section of an email I received from Charles James Fox, better known as Mr Fox,
"At the meeting, please will you represent Fox? we have a team willing to do it and waive our fees and expenses to help get the event back on it's feet. In real terms, that would be a *donation* of about £400.
Thank you very much Mr Fox and your Skulk.Here is some history :D
Marsden Imbolc Fire Festival (MIFF) takes place on the 1st Saturday in February, following weeks of workshops. It is a community celebration based around the celtic "˜Imbolc' marking the time when the earth begins to wake up after its winter sleep. This festival was started by Kirklees Countryside Volunteers 20 years ago, primarily for the people of Marsden to come together at a quiet time of the year, to explore the environment around them and to share an awareness of the turning of the seasonal cycle.
MIFF has evolved over the years and now draws from a larger, more diverse community in terms of performers, participants and audience.
The festival involves a fiery procession with "˜druid' type Characters, Mr Fox fire dancers, mixed bands, stilt walkers and people carrying fire lanterns made at the workshops. It terminates at Standedge Visitors Centre (Tunnel End), where Jack Frost and the Green Man battle for the spring.
We welcome in the sun with a firework finale. http://merryjackdaw.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/the-marsden-imbolc-fire-festival-miff_25.html
Link to a blog inc photos
Link to Gary's photo gallery http://www.garyjsphotography.co.uk/2012/02/05/marsden-imbolc-fire-festival-201/
This event has always been run by, organised and stewarded with volunteers.
We need to raise funds for
workshop venues (not the community minded Visitors Centre)
hire of equipment
fireworks and sculptures
and so on. This years estimate is close to £10,000.
We thank you very much for your generosity.
If you would rather send a cheque (we get to keep it all then as we won't pay fees) please make it payable to IMBOLC. You can send/give it to any of us that you know, Angie, Penny, Paddy, Chris either of them :) Tony, Duggs etc.
or post it to
617 Leeds Rd
If you would like to help as a volunteer for workshops or stewarding as well
please do get in touch via the FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/28897413498/
Thank you very much
Paddy and the Marsden Imbolc Team.