The Steering group

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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 Bartholomew

Galen Bartholomew

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 Chambers

Noelle Chambers

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.

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Diana Raphael

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.

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Joyce Davey

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 Lucchese

Lynn Lucchese

Lynn and her family moved to a village near Evesham twenty-seven years ago, planning to stay for three! She is a retired teacher and enjoys a wide range of activities to keep body and mind active and healthy. Lynn enjoys reading, 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.



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Nigel Huddleston

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.”

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Alistair McGowan

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.”


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Lynne Powell

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.

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Helen Yendall

Author Helen Yendall has been involved with the Festival for several years. She’s a former member of the Steering Group and still runs the book club and annual quiz night. She’s delighted to be able to continue her support for the Festival as patron.  


Please read our constitution for the Evesham festival of Words.
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