No Petticoats Here

October 5, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Laverton
Bratton Rd
Westbury BA13 3EN
£8 or £3 (workshop only

Acclaimed singer/songwriter, Louise Jordan, brings to the Festival the stories of remarkable women of the First World War through song.

Event arranged in conjunction with Westbury town Council’s Great War commemoration group.

These songs recognise the extraordinary and inspirational achievements of women working in many spheres.  From the women footballers who kept the sport alive during the First World War to the aspiring teenage journalist who dressed as a soldier and travelled to the Western Front on a bicycle, the women who risked their lives to treat the wounded yards from the German Front Line, an inventor and engineer, a master spy and the women who made the weapons of war.

Louise will be running a workshop at 5.30 pm where you can learn songs and harmonies from the performance.  However attending the workshop isn’t obligatory, if you want to just sit back and enjoy the show, come along at 7.30 pm.

Louise is touring the whole of the UK with her show. You can get more details, including some previews at her website

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Also at this event will be a small exhibition of paintings of local women from the time of the Great War by local artist, Helen Chester.

Helen Chester was raised in Westbury, Wiltshire and after spending years in Cardiff reading Fine Art at the University of Wales, then working in restoration studios while continuing as an artist, Helen decided to return to Westbury to start a family with her husband, Phil.

Helen’s most prominent series, The Everyday Tommy, depicts men and women from Wiltshire, who’s lives were taken or changed forever by the events of First World War. Receiving Heritage Lottery Funding towards the project, the first exhibition was showcased at the Westbury Music & Arts Festival in 2015. Since then The Everyday Tommy exhibition has toured the UK.

One portrait from The Everyday Tommy of Edgar Hicketts, a soldier with shell shock, struck a chord and through her personal experience of being diagnosed with PTSD seven years ago, Helen has worked closely with prominent UK Charities and has commenced work on a series depicting veterans with the illness.  It sets out to illustrate the plight of the brave men & women from the armed forces suffering with this destructive mental health condition.