"The Melton Times is proud to support ValeFest as its overarching aims match those of a community newspaper such as ours, connecting people, promoting the borough's cultural life and supporting local businesses at the heart of town and village life."
Michael Cooke, Editor, Melton Times
"We’ve attended 6 of the 8 Music at Your Local events over the summer; we enjoyed the first one so much we decided to come along to the others. We’ve also enjoyed visiting the different Vale pubs.
We like the music, especially as there’s been a variety of different genres. It’s live, and we prefer live music, and there’s been a good level of local talent.
A couple of the acts have been exceptional; we particularly liked John Montague and Identity Crisis. We hope they’ll be playing for ValeFest again next year."
Steve & Susie Warner, Hose, Vale of Belvoir
"I am very pleased that ValeFest is being held at this time when so many are apprehensive about the future. It is important that cultural events continue to take place to lift the spirit as well as provide local people with access to live music. I wish the initiative well and look forward to the summer programme."
Cllr Byron Rhodes, Harby, Melton Borough Councillor & Leicestershire County Councillor for Belvoir Division.
"Gravity FM community radio is pleased to support community music through ValeFest"
"We've been delighted to use the services of ValeFest for various fundraising events we have organised this year. We were most impressed with the quality of the artistes and how efficiently everything was sorted out. It's an excellent facility and we are more than happy to use it again next year. Well done everyone - we are very fortunate to have you in this area!"
Chris Gatfield, Manager, Dove Cottage Day Hospice
"There’s nothing to beat live music, whatever the style. And it’s nice to have a venue like a pub to have a drink or a meal and enjoy the entertainment at the same time, because the Vale is local to us in Grantham just as it’s local to Melton and to parts of Nottinghamshire.
There’s lots of local talent out there that we don’t get to hear about, so for us ValeFest has become a way of discovering some of that talent.
Very often music events seem to need to be known about before the public will actually go along. So the high numbers attending some of the Music at Your Local concerts have been surprising but very welcome."
Janet Thompson, Great Gonerby, Grantham
"103 The Eye is pleased to be working with the ValeFest music project to provide a showcase for live music by local performers, entertain the public with quality concerts, kindle community spirit and help to boost the rural economy. The station is also looking ahead to further projects with ValeFest such as providing entertainment at the Melton Mowbray Christmas lights switch-on in Melton Market Place."
are at the centre of village communities so as a small village business
we support ValeFest's aim to bring the community together through music
and were pleased to hold a Winterval event at The Wheel Inn. The band
were excellent and the event drew a sizeable crowd, so we did good
business on a mid-week night. We'd welcome the opportunity to support
ValeFest by holding further events"
The Kinx had taking part in Winterval! We appreciated the opportunity
at Melton Theatre and would be very willing to take part in other
events. Response has been terrific – we’ve received several
result of our involvement!"
We've been to three Music at Your Local events
and found the music consistently good. The different pubs add to the
effect. We liked the atmosphere at the Lime Kiln at Cropwell Bishop the
best, I believe; some pubs lend themselves to the aims of the project
more than others. But we felt the advertising could be improved and
we'd like to see the series promoted out towards Nottingham in future
workshops were amazing! The children were extremely enthusiastic and
took part in the Hootenanny show were especially complimentary, both
taking part in the performance and watching others perform.
great idea and I'm glad we got involved in the Winterval festival.
excellent opportunity for children and families to join in something
different. It was fun and gave people the chance to
themselves through art.
Vale of Belvoir Festival of Live Music is actively bringing together
our rural communities. I am pleased to add my enthusiastic support to
this social enterprise project that is already well supported by local
people and local businesses.
"Music-making at a local level generates pride in creative achievements and stimulates a positive ethos within the wider community. As a family living in the Vale, we’re delighted to see the enthusiasm of the ValeFest team for bringing music into a rural area, and we’ll be taking part in as many ValeFest events as we can - whether as performers or spectators."
Jill O’Sullivan, Director, Principal Communications, Barrowby, Grantham
the opportunity to draw together communities from across the Vale of
area, providing a valuable community service, getting people together,
them to make new friends, learn new skills, exchange ideas and work
sharing their creative talents.
"Just what the
of Belvoir needs."