Residents urged to taste something new before it’s too late

Saturday, 14th March 2015

THERE is still time to try something new as part of a jam-packed programme of free arts taster sessions being held in community venues across the borough.

The 12-week initiative comes to an end on Saturday, April 4th and adults and children are being urged not to miss out on the opportunity to try a new hobby or skill free of charge.

Hundreds of people have already participated in a range of activities, including drama workshops, tap dancing, creative writing, street dance, painting, dress making, guitar playing, singing and crafts.

The aim is that the free sessions inspire people to take up a fun, new pastime in the long term. Many have already enquired about the availability of permanent classes, or set up their own groups as a result of attending a taster session.

And it’s not too late to get involved. There are various classes and workshops running during the remaining few weeks to give people a taste of something new. These include creative writing sessions, musical mash ups, arts and crafts, performance mentoring, tap dancing, guitar lessons, drama, dress making and Latin dance.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economy, said: “The aim is to give people the opportunity to try something they’ve never done before, completely free of charge, and I would urge residents not to miss out on this fantastic opportunity.

“Even if you take your children to just one activity, or try one yourself, that hour spent could take you in a whole new direction.”

All the sessions are completely free of charge, and people can join in with as many as they like. No experience is necessary, as the idea is to give Tamworth residents the chance to try something they may not have considered otherwise.

The sessions have also been effective in bringing more people through the doors at participating community venues such as St Francis’ Church in Leyfields, Tamworth Rugby Club, Tamworth Library, Amington One Stop Centre, Wilnecote Library, Tamworth Community Fire Station, St Martin’s Church in Stonydelph, Glascote Library and Tamworth Assembly Rooms.

Lee Bates, project co-ordinator of Community Together CIC, said: “Overall the sessions have been well received and we have definitely seen an uptake in attendance at each of our venues as a result of the taster sessions.”

The programme is part of the ambitious 12-month I Am Tamworth project, which is bringing a festival of dance, drama, visual art, music and writing to the borough.

Full details of all the taster sessions, including times and venues, are available by visiting the I Am Tamworth website at, where the full brochure can be downloaded.