My goal in FollyFest is to ensure the sun shines all weekend long. It’s not yet delivered and clearly takes some practice and skill to get right, however all indications are that this year it will be 100% on target. I moved to Faringdon in 2010 from foreign parts and am amazed at the strength of community spirit this town holds. In a world of global corporations, instant gratification, information overload and relentless change, it is wonderful to see the humanity and friendliness that Faringdon keeps alive. It is truly a special and unusual place, and if I can play a small part in supporting that, I am proud to do so.
Del Bray (Music & Bands)
The token Taffy on the organising committee, now doing his second year as Music Programme and Line-Up Director. I moved to Faringdon in 2013 and am married to a local lass so know plenty about the place. I play in a couple of local covers bands (The Hyperbolics, Parabolics, Punk & Disorderly and NoMansLand) so have played many gigs in the town and nearby and know many of the local musical community. It's a great event and I'm looking forward to contributing to its continuing success in 2019.
Tori Ray (Communications)
Follyfest was getting in full swing the day I arrived in Faringdon ... who knew I'd be joining the team a few years later. With a family involved in music and fringe style events, a passion for 'making things happen' and my day job focused on communications, I'm really excited to be part of the magic behind the scenes. My role is to try and make sure Follyfest is the worst kept secret. From posters to social media to megaphone ... whatever it takes to ensure everyone in Faringdon can come shake their pink pigeon tail feathers.
Albania Grosso (Finance)
I've lived in Faringdon for 18 years and volunteered during FollyFest whenever possible. It's great to be involved in the organisation of the festival again this year and I'm looking forward to another superb event that brings the community together. This year I'm the Finance Officer, which means I need to keep tabs on the funding and expenditure for the festival. It takes a lot of effort from many people to raise the funds we need to put the event together, despite all of the time provided free of charge by our hardworking volunteers, and I look forward to working with neighbours and organisations across the town to ensure that we raise more than enough to put on really good FollyFest.
Richard Marlow (The Boss)
When I volunteered to join the committee for FollyFest 2014 little did I expect to be taking on the 'Chairman' role in 2016! Quite a privilege but also quite a challenge in working with the rest of the team in ensuring that the wonderful recent years are built upon to make this year even more enjoyable for the whole town of Faringdon. Here's to FollyFest 2019!
Karen Cockcroft (The Fringe)
Hi I’m Karen and have lived in Faringdon for 21 years now so decided it was time I did my bit for the FollyFest. I have been given the role of Fringe Events Co-ordinator which means that I am responsible for organising and co-coordinating the events which will be taking place away from the main stage and the Crown stage.
Kev Leitch (Web Dev & Artwork)
I'm from the West Midlands, moved to Oxfordshire in 2009 and Faringdon in 2016. Been building websites since 1996 and once Richard collared me I built and maintain this one.