There are hundreds of people involved in making FollyFest happen, from musicians to accountants to flag sewers to marshals, all of whom need our thanks. I feel particularly honoured to be leading such a competent and fun team that is the FollyFest Committee. They have put together simply the best programme of entertainment for Faringdon to enjoy over the festival weekend. Faringdon is a very special place and FollyFest proves it. However, it doesn’t happen by itself, we need your support. Help keep FollyFest going – volunteer next year, or give us your space, materials or money, we need them all!
Del BrayMusic and Bands
The token Taffy on the organising committee, now doing his third year as Music Programme and Line-Up Director. I moved to Faringdon in 2013 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 2022.
Karen CockroftThe Fringe
Hi, I’m Karen and have lived in Faringdon for 20-something years and love doing my bit for FollyFest. I’m 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 music stages. We aim to create events and activities for all ages in Faringdon – there’s something for everyone!
As Secretary for FollyFest, I keep a record all the great ideas and essential requirements that make Follyfest possible. It’s a pleasure to be part of the team and support with all the hard work that goes into making this great event the success that it is.
Martin LongWebsite and DJ Stage
I have lived here forever and am proud to now be part of the FollyFest Team. First and foremost, I’m a DJ but I have also been known to play the guitar so music of all genres has always been an absolute passion of mine. Some people also know me for my love of all things LEGO.
I have a bit of flair for building websites so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to support such a fabulous event in the Faringdon calendar and get involved in FollyFest.
Katie-Louise HerringEnvironment and Sustainability
Joining the FollyFest team was a great way to marry two passions of mine. I’ve previously organised and performed at many music events and festivals in Oxfordshire and performed some of my first ever gigs in Faringdon.
I also run my own local refill business helping others reduce their reliance on single-use plastic. I’m excited to be involved in such a vibrant event for our community and hopefully have the chance to do something for our planet too.
Jane RennellsTreasurer and Stalls
I have lived in Faringdon since 1989 and this is my second stint as a FollyFest Committee member having been secretary in 2016 and 2017 when I also had my Coffee Van at the Festival. I took a break from the committee while running Stay Grounded Coffee and Store but still felt very involved and loved the crazy business of FollyFest weekends even when the weather wasn’t kind. In fact, Stay Grounded became a refuge from the weather for many!
Now I have more time, I am back on the Committee and have responsibility for Stalls. I am having great fun finding interesting Street Food, drink and art/craft stalls and am hoping for a bumper weekend.
I have lived in Faringdon for almost 30 years and FollyFest has always been one of the highlights of the year; it’s a great example of the wonderful community spirit Faringdon has to offer.
I am delighted to be part of the team organising the festival for the second year running. My role has been to look after the marketing / PR side of things. The branding has been refreshed, we have some incredible supporters on board, t-shirts, posters and banners are being prepared, and it’s been great to be part of such a wonderful team whilst getting to know more Faringdonians.
Here’s to yet another fabulous FollyFest – see you there!
Robynne VdVPhotography and Social Media
I moved to Faringdon in 2020 and never expected (but wonderfully surprised) to have become so connected and involved in the community here! I’ve worked at the Crown, at FCC, and as the photographer at FollyFest for the first time in last year. I have a background in photojournalism so events like FollyFest allow me to capture authentic moments as they happen. I also photograph weddings and portraiture, and teach photography to international teens in the summer in Oxford. I am so looking forward to capturing the music, fringe events, and everyone enjoying themselves in the sun at this fab community festival.