Other Activities

Many other activities are taking place

Other Activities

Teddy Sleepover

Friday, June 22 in Barton Library, Dunstall Road

Bring your teddy - or other favourite soft toy - to snuggle down with furry friends at a Teddy Sleepover. Teddy Story Time will start at 4pm and teddy-size blankets will be available for £2 in aid of library funds. Teddies have until 6pm to choose a comfy spot to snooze in before the library closes, and can be collected between 10am and noon the following day ready for their teddy ride adventures.

BBQ at The Shoulder of Mutton

Situated in the heart of the village offering burgers and hot dogs plus a wide selection of other foods, snacks and drinks.


In and around St James' Parish Church

Pancake stall in aid of Scouts' Jamboree

Games stall in aid of World Challenge expedition

Bees under the Trees: Get the buzz with a fascinating glimpse of life in the bee hive thanks to Burton Beekeepers in St James Church grounds on Saturday, June 23 only.

In Church

In the church there is a programme of music on both Saturday and Sunday  There will also be an exhibition and demonstrations.  In addition there are trails for children to follow and other activities. 

Programme of Music in Church
Saturday June 23rd Time Description
  1.00 - 1.30 Jeremy Dutton - Organist
  1.30 - 2.00 Bell ringing demonstration
  2.00 - 3.00 Derek Pullen - Organ
  3.00 - 4.00 Duncan Moon - Organ
  4.00 - 4.30 Bell ringing demonstration
  4.30 - 5.30 Karen Smith - Organ
Sunday June 24th Time Description
  1.00 - 1.30 Local Vocals - Choir
  1.30 - 2.00 Bell ringing demonstration
  2.00 - 2.45 Local Vocals - Choir
  2.45 - 4.00 Don't Fret - guitar group
  4.00 - 4.30 Bell ringing demonstration
  4.30 - 5.00 Kathy Palmer - Northumbrian Pipes

Artists Exhibiting

Tom Voyce

Tom Voyce is Sky Landscape Artist of the year. He did teacher training at John Taylor School after studying Fine Art at Aberystwyth. Tom has exhibited in Aberystwyth, The Mall Galleries, London, Norfolk, Cheltenham and Hong Kong.

David Walker is a photographer and digital artist using photography and drawing techniques to produce dramatic landscapes.  He has had a picture accepted for the Summer Exhibiton short list.  He lives in Yoxall.

Jill Rogers lives in Barton and has been painting since she retired.  Her preference is for flowers and the natural world.

David Walker

Lynn Newton – Is a member of Peter Halliday’s Calligraphy group.  She will be demonstrating calligraphy and will be happy to help children to “have a go”.  Her work is currently also in an exhibition at Dr Johnson’s House in Lichfield.

John Taylor School examination work.  The quality of the examination work produced by the pupils of the John Taylor School speaks very highly of both the children and the staff who teach them.  Take a few moments to explore some of their remarkable scrap books which show their exploration of a variety of themes.

Display about the bells – The bells need to be re-hung on modern fitting but the nature of the 1739 bell frame has made it difficult to find a compromise with Heritage England.  The good news is that we are starting to talk to the DAC and bell experts again.

Two local groups of Quilters will be working to make a quilt in a day  there will be a display of some of their work

In the Chapel of Peace there is a display of the lives of the nine men who died in 1918 with knitted poppies by a group of knitters Pop up Poppies who specialise in making displays for WWI events including the National Memorial Arboretum.  In addition on display will be the work of one of the Barton patchworking groups who are creating poppies for each of the Barton men who died.

The John Taylor Heritage Lottery Group will have a display of the new guide to the church  They are setting up a Vis-Box system that can be accessed by a smart phone to help you explore the church. In addition the is a Church Detective Guide for children.

There will also be a Nature Trail in the church for children to follow.  


St James Church Heritage Lottery Fund Project

Church Guidebook

Over the past 12 months the project group has been busy researching and preparing materials bring the history of St James Church to life. Local schools have been involved in helping to create a logo, colour themes and a series of resources.

Visitors to the Festival will be able to try out a Church Detective Trail, get a copy of the new guidebook and watch a series of short films on a self-guided smartphone trail using a piece of equipment called a VIS-BOX. The films are split into three areas:
1. The Church tour - looking at various areas of the church and how they are used

2. The Stained Glass Windows Tour - Telling the stories in the windows and who they are dedicated to

3. General information - the history of the church, who was John Taylor etc.

The project group is still working on a new website and a series of information boards for the churchyard to encourage people to come inside the church and find out more.