If you attended our Narnia festival that took place between 6th to 11th February 2018 you will have seen the incredible creativity, commitment and dedication that was put in to making it happen.
It wasn’t only a St Michaels effort, but a wider Bramhall community effort. We are incredibly thankful to so many wider Bramhall community members for helping to make the festival happen and such a success and wish to say thank you to them.
In the initial stages of planning we only envisaged a small forest in the back of the church tower. With the support of Notcutts Garden Centre, Woodford and Lymefield Garden Centre in Broadbottom this vision was expanded and surpassed by the kind donation of their left-over Christmas trees from the displays in December.
We were keen to try and engage all the senses in the Narnia experience. Students from Cheadle Hulme School assisted with this by creating and recording many different pieces of music that were played as background music in each of the scenes. Bowdon Parish Church also kindly gave us the use of some spotlights to effectively light each scene of Narnia. The trees helpfully provided the forest smell.
Two members of the Bramhall community whose artistic talent cannot go without mention are Sue Dyde and Isobel Bates. Sue was the designer and creator of many of the costumes seen, most particularly Mr Tumnus and the White Witch. Isobel’s artistic talent is responsible for the most incredible creation of the White Witch’s castle.
During our Friday evening Gala the atmosphere was set beautifully by live music played by Alex Wilton on Piano and by musicians from the String Quartet of Cheadle Hulme School. We were very grateful for the support of Bramhall High School Brass Band for entertainment on the Sunday afternoon as the festival drew to a close.
The Valley School helped create Spring by the making of many flowers that helped bring Spring in Narnia to life and many of the local schools helped create the sky of stars that have been on display since December.
In the lead up to the festival we had an Aslan trail around the village with many traders hosting a paper Aslan figure in their windows. Combined with the always helpful and encouraging support from Wendy Green and I Love Bramhall we were able to successfully promote the festival to a wide audience.
We are incredibly grateful for all the support we received from people in the local community and beyond for making the Narnia Festival possible. Without your help, this festival would not have been such a great attraction for the community of Bramhall and wider Stockport. Thank You!