The location of our Arts festival all day Saturday with talks and music all day.
In the evening the space will be transformed for an evening of tales and music as we showcase The Wonders of the Wake: Stage event and musical by Kevin Toolis. The Wonders of the Wake is a unique celebration of one of the oldest rites of humanity, the Irish Wake: in song, music, bardic poetry and story-telling. The Wonders of the Wake at the Pushing Up The Daisies Festival is a collaboration between Kevin Toolis author of My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach us to Live, Love and Die and Wesley Robinson, Irish traditional song tutor, folklorist and award winning singer.
The Cheese & Grain Plays host to the Exhibition on Sunday ... with Willow Coffins and Viking Longboats, Hearses and Motorbikes, Ashes Jewelry and keep sakes as well as Will writers and probate experts there is something for everyone.
There are stands from local and national charities where you can find out more about their work and how to get involved, demonstrations of shrouding, films talks and so much more. We arecurrently finalising the program and exhibitor list so watch this space!
We are overjoyed to have secureed bookings for the Bennett centre for Friday & Sunday evening performances. On Friday Be entertained by Jane Flood story teller and Christine Sweetman-Willis actress in an amazing double bill. On Sunday Evening it's the turn of the wonderful Liz Rothschild and her "Outside the Box" show.
In 1854, William James Early Bennett, the Vicar of Frome Selwood bought some properties on the West side of the old Grammar School site (as in the plan to the left) and replaced the old school with a new Infant School. The properties were small and shared a water supply in their courtyard. The spring and cistern can still be seen in a chamber under the lower level of the existing building.
The Grammar school building which had been on the site was the one erected in 1744 as a replacement for an earlier building which had depended on the pre-1744 vicarage to support its walls. The original Frome Grammar School was founded in the time of Edward VI. A Charity Commission report in the 1830's shows that its administration had been poor - the books were gone from the Library as were the globes.