arts all inclusive group


About – Lingen Arts All inclusive Group (known as AAI) was set up in 1988 with the aid of an Awards for All lottery grant with partnership monies from the existing History Fellowship.  This grant enabled the publication of the Lingen History Group book 'Lingen Past and Present' and the provision of exhibition and Teddy Tots display boards, stage make-up, percussion instruments, etc.

Our arts policy requires us to support local arts related events if financially viable.  Since the beginning we have also supported other village groups with set-up costs, eg the Bowls Club, Spanish Club white board, Lingen Stitchers, Needling Along and with village hall decoration and kitchen equipment plus Tots Music Group instruments.

The vision of Bill & Pam Rosser to set up the Art & Craft Exhibition succeeded and surpassed our expectations, enabling us to pay back the History Fellowship, which now functions as a seperate group.  This Exhibition and Sale which usually took place in the village hall over the August bank holiday has now been postponed until further notice.

Since 1998 we have held concerts and theatre productions given by post graduates from Birmingham Conservatoire, Pentabus Productions and Arts Alive presentations.  We also regularly host Art Classes and LINGEN FLIX films along with an annual December Christmas Choir concert.  And have been active in rebuilding a length of dry stone wall to landmark the site of Stonewall Hill.  (Photos available on request)

In 2006 a suggestion was made by local resident Christine Moore that village verges would look great planted with snowdrops and wild daffodils - this was a job that was undertook and completed on an extremely cold February day.  The plantings were made under each village name plate sign after which followed a high tea at the village hall for all the very cold volunteers - their mascott for the day was 'Alfie', the late Angela Turnbull's Jack Russell dog who also enjoyed a piece of cake kindly supplied by Jess Prosser.