The Steering group
Sue Ablett, Festival Chair
A great reader and passionate supporter of Evesham. Led successful Bell Tower Appeal and also chaired the Evesham Cyclefest for its first two years. Has considerable experience of fundraising and event management, not to mention a boundless amount of energy! Totally passionate about Evesham Festival of Words!
Galen was brought up in Evesham and returned to Evesham in retirement after a career in contracting and education management. Galen is delighted to work for and serve organisations connected with the town and county of his birth. Galen is also a Governor of St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester and a school governor.
Noelle has lived in Evesham for 30 years. A retired Chartered Librarian, she has worked in schools, colleges and public libraries, and has been a school governor, a reader for the Talking Newspapers for the Blind, and a fundraiser for the Adventure Playground. An avid reader and family history researcher, she is delighted to be part of the Evesham Festival of Words.
Better known as ‘Mrs Evesham’, very involved in many aspects of town life – Town Councillor for 30 years, Evesham and Schools in Bloom, President of Wychavon Festival of Brass, Town Guide, runs Angling Festival. Has kept a diary since the 1960s. Would love to write a book.
A long-term resident of Evesham, Joyce is an active and dedicated member of several local organisations, including Evesham Rotary Club, the Women’s Institute, Evesham and District U3A, her local church and walking group.
Lynn and her family moved to a village near Evesham twenty-seven years ago, planning to stay for three! She retired from teaching two years ago and enjoys a wide range of activities to keep body and mind active and healthy. Lynn enjoys reading, loves poetry and hiking in our beautiful countryside. She is really pleased to become more involved in the promotion and celebration of Evesham’s Festival of Words.
Kim moved to Chipping Campden recently, a book lover and keen to get involved in the local community. She is a WI member, ‘mum’ to a lively Sprocker Spaniel puppy and has volunteered to manage the Festival Facebook page.
Rob was born in Birmingham but lived the early part of his life in Badsey. He decided University wasn’t for him and spent the next 25 years in a wide variety of jobs. In 2005 he quit his job and re-kindled an old love affair with writing. 2008 saw publication of Rob’s highly acclaimed book ‘SHAZAM! Everyone’s Theatre of Dreams’. He also pens the monthly column, ‘Hemming’s Way’ in the Cotswold & Vale Magazine, and has written the eco-crime thriller ‘NOAH’S BARK’.
MP for Mid-Worcestershire
“I am delighted that Evesham is to have its own Festival of Words. A lot of work is being put into the event. It will be a great celebration of the power of words and the joy of reading and will have something to attract and engage all ages.”
A local lad, impressionist, stand-up comic, actor and writer.
“I am delighted to add my support to this exciting new Evesham Festival. Already a great programme is being lined up – it really does include something for everyone. This event will be another exciting addition to the range of Festivals already on offer in Evesham.”
The Editor of Cotswold and Vale Magazine, has own PR company. Loves Evesham, loves reading, keen to promote Evesham as a visitor destination. An ‘ideas person’, able to help with publicity.