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Music and Merriment returns (with a difference) for Weldmar

The festival is moving from Spetisbury Rings to Facebook

A popular Dorset music event that supports Weldmar Hospicecare is returning, with a special weekend of online performances.

The Music and Merriment FestivalThe Music and Merriment Festival is organised by Jenny Wood – who has since become Day Services Lead here at Weldmar – and her brother Tim, in memory of their mum, who passed away in our care in 2006.

Jenny says, “Our lovely mum spent her last days at the hospice, and was so incredibly well cared for that we felt forever indebted to the staff there. The way they supported not just mum, but us as a family too, just blew me away. We honestly couldn’t have wished for more care or support. It was the most difficult time in our lives, made so much more bearable by Weldmar. We wanted to do something to raise money to show our gratitude.”

As a musical family, a festival seemed like the obvious choice, and Tim’s dream was to hold it at Spetisbury Rings, an Ironage hillfort in the village in which they grew up, not far from Blandford.

A taster event in the village hall went down well, and so the first festival took place in 2009, with another four taking place since, raising more than £20,000 in total for Weldmar Hospicecare.

Jenny says it felt right to bring it back as an online event during the Covid-19 lockdown.  “I was chatting to Tim on the phone the other night, and he said he’d been thinking about a virtual festival, to raise spirits, and hopefully raise a bit of money to support Weldmar at this difficult time. So this weekend, we are encouraging our festival performers from previous years, along with any supporters who wish to, to upload some musical morsels to our Facebook page for all to enjoy. We’re calling the event Music & Merriment at Home.”

You can watch the festival, or even upload your own performances, on their Facebook page.

And here's Jen to explain a little bit about the wonderful Weldmar Hospicecare

Posted by Tim Wood on Sunday, 12 April 2020


Visit the Music & Merriment Festival on Facebook here


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