A community participation and education programme run by the Lichfield Festival has been boosted by a £1,000 grant from a housebuilder.

A Lichfield Festival performance in Lichfield Cathedral
A Lichfield Festival performance in Lichfield Cathedral

Persimmon Homes has handed over the money to the annual arts event from its Community Champions scheme.

Taking place from 7th to 17th July, this year’s Lichfield Festival will feature performances from the likes of singer Tony Hadley and comedian Zoe Lyons.

Caroline King, from the festival, said:

“Thank you to Persimmon Homes – this news couldn’t have come at a better time as we build up to our 40th anniversary event in July.

“This year our flagship Aspire learning and participation event Lichfield Dances will increase accessibility to the arts by offering free, participatory dance workshops to the public and 27 workshops to local schools.

“We are passionate about nurturing young talent. Our young artists and young critics series give opportunities to young performers and writers.

“This grant will help us run Aspire and contribute towards expenditure including venue, artist and staff costs, so it’s a massive boost.”

Caroline King, Lichfield Festival

David Greengrass, from Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said:

“We are delighted to help support the return of such a popular multi-arts event in the Midlands.

“The Lichfield Festival attracts over 40,000 visitors from across the UK, so it’s a huge event in the Staffordshire calendar.

“With the likes of Tony Hadley and Zoe Lyons on the line-up, as well as the festival’s Stephen Fry short story competition for children, it’s sure to be another great occasion and we’re extremely proud to play a small part in it.”

David Greengrass, Persimmon Homes

Full details of the Lichfield Festival programme are available online.

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  1. Is that right, £1000? So basically £1 from from the sale of each of the 1000 homes they’ve built in Lichfield District. They must have pushed the boat out on this one. I think I know where the rest of the community funding has gone….

  2. Just a couple of stats to add to Richards. The £1k represents 0.0001% of Persimmon’s gross profits for 2021. As a whole their charitable donations in the UK make up 0.19% of the gross profits. Pitiful! Shareholders did well though. Finally on a rough calculation on average UK householders give an average of 1% of their income.
    The £1k contribution has got them local coverage so probably written down to the advertising budget.

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