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Lights will shine brightly for loved ones no longer with us at a special ceremony hosted by St Andrew’s Hospice inside Grimsby Minster on Saturday 9th December.

Light Up A Life is one of the best loved and most poignant events of the St Andrew’s Hospice calendar and is a chance for families and friends to gather together and remember those we love, who sadly are no longer with us.

The event will feature readings, music and quiet time for reflection; there will also be a special reading of a remembrance scroll. It is open to everyone, not just those who have lost someone they love in the hospice.

Those making a donation to St Andrew’s Hospice through Light Up A Life, you will be added to our remembrance scroll and will also receive a commemorative card.

These donations will allow the Hospice to continue to light up the lives of patients and families at what can be one of the most difficult times of the year.

There is no parking at Grimsby Minster, limited street parking is available nearby but there are pay and display car parks near the Minster.

New Cartergate Underpass Mural Is Unveiled

Artists, councillors and representatives of many of the area’s most illustrious names gathered in Top Town on Thursday 5th October to celebrate the official unveiling of the new Cartergate underpass mural.

The mural is the work of art collective Creative Start and was painted by a team of volunteers led by founder and organiser Sam Delaney. Many of those involved have never participated in an arts project before and some took part as an element of a programme of abstinence therapy.

The design features a panoply of famous faces from the area including motorcycling champion Freddie Frith, record breaking Channel swimmer Brenda Fisher, top tennis player Shirley Brasher, motorcycle racer Guy Martin, dancers Kevin and Joanne Clifton, actor Sir John Hurt and players from Grimsby Town FC. There are also street scenes from the Top Town area including the Minster and 1940s Chantry Lane.

Cutting the ribbon Councillor Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for Health, Adult Social Care and Wellbeing commented on how much, as a regular user of the underpass, she had enjoyed watching the development of this latest part of the Cartergate renewal and on the skill and dedication of the artists involved. As a football fan she was particularly taken with the section of the mural celebrating the achievements of the Mighty Mariners.

The artwork certainly makes a huge difference to what has been, in the past, a somewhat neglected part of the town and it’s yet another step along the road to the renewal of the Cartergate area, which has seen new pavements, railings and of course the construction of the Wilkin & Chapman building close to the underpass.
If you’re not a regular user we’d certainly recommend taking a visit to admire the mural, especially while there are still pieces from
the recent Urban Arts Festival to enjoy on the walls of St James House.

To find out more about Creative Start or to get involved, visit www.creativestartarts.com or their Facebook page

Grimsby’s Urban Arts Festival 2017

There was a colourful and fascinating mixture of art, craft, music and dance on display on Saturday 9th September when the Minster and St James Square played host to the 3rd annual Grimsby Urban Arts Festival.

Titled ‘The Four Elements’ the festival celebrated the four essential components of the culture that originated in New York’s Bronx in the late 1970s, namely rapping, deejaying, break dancing and graffiti writing. Together these phenomena formed one of the most vibrant and exciting cultural movements of the twentieth century – Hip Hop – and their influence lives on and can be heard and seen in urban musical and graphic culture today.

There were nearly twenty graffiti artists from all over the country painting on the day, each with their own unique trademark style, plus a selection of art and craft stalls in the minster and music on the lawns and although the weather wasn’t kind there were always plenty of visitors in attendance to watch the artists at work.

The festival has certainly become one of our favourite events on the calendar and we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for more next year!

We Shall Overcome at The Minster


There was some joyous music and poignant words to appreciate on Saturday night (October 8th 2016) as The Minster played host to a concert of music and poetry in aid of the second annual We Shall Overcome week.

We Shall Overcome was founded in 2015 and has already spread to become a worldwide grassroots movement of musicians, artists and organisers aimed at expressing anger at the human cost of austerity while doing some positive good in their local communities.

The Grimsby concert featured readings by Carolyn Doyley and the Franklin College Young Voices and music from The Life & Times Of The Brothers Hogg who played a set made up of tunes from their new album, Celestial Emporium, plus some old favourites from the first.


The line up was completed by the Fusion Creative Choir, playing their first big public gig, whose excellent set included favourites like Hallelujah and of course Pete Seeger’s theme tune for the evening, We Shall Overcome.

Admission was by donation of either cash or groceries and the event raised nearly £300 plus a huge collection of much needed stock for the Grimsby Food Bank.


You can find out more about We Shall Overcome at their website

Deities At The Bottom Of The Garden


Beautifully crafted theological sheds go on display at Grimsby Minster

During April and May, Grimsby Minster will be hosting the first of a series of free exhibitions as part of the Art In The Minster programme, supported by Arts Council England.

The first exhibition Deities At The Bottom Of The Garden features the work of artist Richard Bartle and is brought to the town by ‘our big picture ltd’ in partnership with Grimsby Minster and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe.


Richard Bartle is a contemporary artist living in Sheffield who makes sculptures, installations, videos and paintings about society, current affairs, religion and politics.

Originally created to respond to the former church building housing 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, the piece consists of twelve scale model garden sheds, each with an interior modelled on the worship place of a different world religion.

Each sculpture has been extensively researched and is lovingly hand crafted, wherever possible using the same materials that would be used in their life size counterparts. Details include hand woven rugs, painted ceilings, hand turned furniture and glass light fittings.


The work reduces the usually grand architecture of churches to a more private space, inviting the viewer to make their own minds up about what it is to have faith and the differences and similarities between differing beliefs and cultures.

Deities at the Bottom of the Garden runs until 21st May, Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 2.30pm in the Lady Chapel in Grimsby Minster. Admission free.


This feature also appears in The Peoples Issue 41 Web Edition

Urban Arts Come To The Minster Square


There’ll be streetloads of urban culture on display in Town Hall Square on 19th September between 10am and 5pm when ten top professional street artists visit Grimsby to create live artwork and showcase the best of UK urban street art alongside local talent.


Nationally acclaimed professional street artists with a diverse range of styles including Brave, Girls on Top, Mr Zee, Tens and Dime1 will allow the public the chance to experience a unique art form created live on the day before their very eyes.

Taking place in the centre of Grimsby at St James House, in the under croft area and in and around the Minster, this new event will see the professional graffiti artists create aerosol art on canvases such as walls, boarding and on packaging wrap.

Entertainment will be provided by Hip Hop DJ, live music, MC artists and Blood Masterz a breakdance crew from Leeds. There will also be street food stalls and the Minster will host a digital graffiti booth, urban arts and crafts stalls, children’s art activities and exhibitions of historical Grimsby graffiti as well as more contemporary work.


Once regarded as criminal and vandalism the work of street artists such as Banksy and Grimsby’s own Lyns Powles (whose work is on the left of this page) have taken street art into the mainstream.

According to Paula Denton of Denton Associates – “This festival is about celebrating and showcasing a form of art that has progressively become mainstream, professional and enhances urban spaces across the world. Our festival is about the public and especially children and young people experiencing and engaging with the creative act of street art alongside music and dance in a family friendly event.”


Lyns Powles of Lyns Urban Art adds – “The festival is a showcase event of the four elements of the hip hop urban art scene both locally and nationally. Graffiti art will be produced by high quality artists in a variety of styles showing what can be produced with a spray can and a lot of dedication.


Grimsby Urban Arts: Facebook

from The Peoples Issue 37 – Web Edition

Sealed With A Loving Kiss: Candlelight Cafe At the Minster


Friday evening saw another in the highly successful Candlelight Cafe series at the Minster with music from The Honeykeepers, a welcome return for Hull based jazz and flamenco guitarist Ron Burbella readings by The Driftnet Poets and a visit from poet Audrey Dunne, also a visitor from over the water.

Highlights of the evening included a lovely version of Over The Rainbow and an up tempo Has Anybody Seen My Gal from Ron and some inspirational evocations of the scenery and wildlife of the Humber Estuary from Audrey Dunne’s volume Humberlands.


The next Candlelight Cafe is on May 8th – line up to be announced . It’ll be good though. Bet you anything.

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This feature is also in The Peoples Web Edition Issue 32

Gordon Wilson – The Cod Smack: Charity


Grimsby Bound is Gordon Wilson’s poetic account of the experiences of boy apprentices in the C19th fishing trade.

The poems recall how boys were recruited from workhouses, orphanages, charitable institutions and city streets in every corner of the nation to crew the ships that brought the wealth that made Grimsby the world’s premier fishing port.

Grimsby Bound tells of how some flourished while others endured abuse and misuse at the hands of ruthless pioneers in the developing trade. It tells of life at sea and ashore, of daring and blame, of courage and shame, of imprisonment and career advancement. It illustrates how and why three Parliamentary enquiries into the treatment of the apprentices made headline newspapers and magazines of the day.

Our thanks to Gordon for sending us one of the poems from the collection, The Cod Smack: Charity to use in the magazine.

The Cod Smack: Charity

Brightness slips behind the lips
of grey swell and black cloud
and the ice wind rises.

So I submit, again, to this old master’s
callused hands and foul mouth
as tops’l snaps, stays’l shivers
mains’l claps and me boom swings wanton
tearing at me sheets.

And all is twist and roll,
battered to starboard and port
for’ard and aft
as wind screams in the dark
mast and decking groan
while down below are frightened boys
in the charge of experienced hands.

Thanks to Gordon for the poem – it’s also in The Peoples Issue 32 Web Edition

A Welcome return For The Candlelight Cafe – featuring Driftnet & The Keep


The Candlelight Cafe season made a welcome return to the Minster last Friday night for its first show of the year, featuring Celtic folk heroes Merlin’s Keep, who performed three sets starting with Grimsby Bound, their collaboration with poet Gordon Wilson who joined them on stage. By turns harrowing and exhilarating the piece is based on the experiences of the apprentices whose exploitation helped to the Grimsby fishing industry achieve world renown.


After the interval the Keep (who have now joined the likes of the mighty Quo and the Gees in being instantly recognisable from the second half of their name only) took the opportunity to air some of the songs from their popular folk opera Havelok The Dane and to offer a selection of favourites from their back catalogue.

Second half poetry came from Caroline Burton who showed the diversity of her work with poems which dealt affectingly with the closure of Caistor Asylum and also touched hilariously on the joys of embarrassing one’s children.


The next Candlelight Cafe will take place on Friday 6th March and will feature poetry and music from Audrey Dunne and Edina Molnar, classical guitar from Ron Burbella and poetry from Driftnet. £5 on the door. Doors open at 7.00 for a prompt 7.30 start. Supper is £4 and the bar will be open for hot drinks plus a selection of wine and beers.

Since you’re passing why not check out The Peoples Issue 32 Web Edition?

Full On Floyd At The Minster


A packed Grimsby Minster watched Full On Floyd deliver a great sound and light show on November 29th that proved that the spirit of prog is still alive and well, in Grimsby at least.


Where Full On Floyd stand out form run of the mill tribute acts is in their creation of true spectacle. Utilising lighting and visual effects for maximum impact the show was as much a treat for the eyes as for the ears and the Minster space lends itself perfectly to the pomp and grandiosity that underpins so much of Pink Floyd’s prog-rock oeuvre.

The sound was alive last night as it soared and swooped to the roof and round the pillars. Classics such as Another Brick in the Wall and Comfortably Numb were full of grandeur and the audience was left wanting more as the band left the stage to roars of appreciation.


Tribute is difficult to do well and in the wrong hands can be hammy but Full On Floyd focus on the music and the spectacle that is Pink Floyd without trying to ape the antics and characters of the original band, thereby creating an authentic and enjoyable experience that isn’t about ego but about art.

This article can be found in the web edition of The Peoples Issue 31.