Tea with Jennie Lee Returns
And this time it runs over two days

The popular and successful event to celebrate the life and achievements of Jennie Lee returns to the Lochgelly centre on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February. This year the event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the appointment of Jennie as the first ever Minister of State for the Arts in a British Government. She took up that post on February 17th 1967 and went on to found and establish the Open University.

The Friday event will run from approximately 10.45am to 2.30pm and will feature performances, displays and exhibitions by local schoolchildren. The programme (details below) includes the premiere of a play – Jennie Lee’s Homework Project – written by the Area’s own Wullie Hershaw and performed by pupils from Benarty Primary School. Other attractions include songs and poetry from Hill of Beath, Crossgates, Kelty, Denend, Lochgelly South and Kelty Primaries; a performance by Cowdenbeath primary’s Ukulele Orchestra; and displays and exhibitions from Lumphinnans, Lochgelly West and Foulford Primaries. It is hoped that parents, grandparents and other relatives and friends will attend to see the performance.

On the Saturday the Wullie Hershaw play will be performed again alongside one written and performed by the local branch of the Workers’ Educational Association (Scotland) – so there will be two premieres in one weekend. These will be augmented by performances, a range of workshops – on coloured glass, song, fitness and art, displays and exhibitions including a chance to visit the Open University archive via the Lochgelly Centre’s computers. The programme will run from 2-5pm.

Entrance on both days is free with those attending on the Saturday being given a free cup of tea or coffee and a cake.


Friday 24th – Local Schools

10:45 Performance Begins
10:50 Welcome Speech
10:55 Dan’s Clip
11:00 Denend Primary Arrive Crossgates
11:05 Denend
11:10 Denend
11:15 Denend
11:20 Denend
11:25 Cowdenbeath SCD
11:30 Cowdenbeath SCD
11:35 Cowdenbeath Creative Dance
11:40 Cowdenbeath Ukulele Orchestra
11:45 Crossgates Leave Hill of Beath Coulters Candy Rendition
11:50 Hill of Beath Coulters Candy Rendition
11:55 Hill of Beath Coulters Candy Rendition
12:00 Benarty Play
13:00 Kelty

Saturday 25th – For All

Cardboard City workshop – Classroom

Digital Work – Cosy Corner (space at bottom of ramp next to theatre entrance)

Sports Hall – Police Formula 24 Car

Computer Suite – Open University

Suit and Pace – Roaming collecting stories from people about local area

Auditorium – Benarty Play – 2:30

Contact: Kevin Sayer ext. 471741 Kevin.Sayer@fife.gov.uk

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