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Art Festival hitting the right note for St. Vincent’s

Friday 09th February 2018

From Tuesday 13 March, the 2018 Lochwinnoch Arts Festival will be holding an incredible range of events in memory of Anne Moore, a much loved local art lover and musician, with proceeds going to support St. Vincent’s Hospice.

Anne spent many years as a dedicated volunteer and part of the team at St. Vincent’s Hospice, doing her part to help them provide specialist palliative and end of life care for individuals and families throughout the community who are impacted by life-limiting conditions.

To most, however, she is best known as part of The Small Fezzes; a ukulele band who have long been a cornerstone of the local music and arts scene.

Discussing the festival, event organiser, Morag Thow, said: “Anne was a wonderful lady who loved the arts. As part of the Small Fezzes, they never failed to bring a room to their feet, get the crowd singing along and put a smile on faces”.

“As she dedicated so much of her time to supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice, we thought it was only fitting that this year’s festival was dedicated to her memory, and that we mark the Hospice’s 30th Anniversary by making them our dedicated charity”.

The Festival runs for nearly two weeks, from Tuesday 13 until Sunday 25 March, across a wide variety of venues, offering a selection of music, exhibitions and entertainment.

One of the main attractions of this year’s Festival is the Sing for St. Vincent’s Event taking place in the Lochwinnoch Parish Church on Sunday 18 March. This will be run with the Lochwinnoch Choral Society from 2-4pm and encourages as many people as possible to come along, sing along and raise money for a fantastic cause, our local hospice, St Vincent’s.

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, commented on the gesture saying, “This is an amazing gesture from everyone involved in the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival and we are so grateful to everyone for helping us provide the care and support we do for families all over the community on a daily basis.

“For many years Anne was one of our hardest working and most committed volunteers and she is sorely missed by so many of us, and I can think of no better way to celebrate her memory than by getting people up on their feet, singing and enjoying the festival. With this in mind I want to encourage as many people as possible to go along to the Sing for St. Vincent’s Event and take in as much of the Festival as you can over the two weeks.

A full schedule of the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival can be found at

Art Festival hitting the right note for St. Vincent’s