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CRTA Claires leaving gift from promotors
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A group of promoters from Cheshire Rural Touring Arts met recently in The Architect in Chester to say goodbye, and thank you, to Claire Smith, one of the Rural Arts Officers, who is leaving after 12 years with CRTA. Claire has been a great friend and supporter of the arts in Tarvin in the last few years often attending events to give her personal support.

Claire, together with her colleague Jen Henry, was responsible for putting together the menu of shows on offer for the 40 local promoters in both West and East Cheshire. She would negotiate with companies from large regional theatres to small one-man bands, from established bands to dance ensembles, to get the best possible mix to suit everyone. She would also search out, mentor, advise and cajole artists to bring their work to the rural network and to adapt their performances to rural touring needs.

Sue Hardacre, promoter on behalf of Tarvin Community Centre said "Claire has been a great friend to us as we have developed our confidence in the plays we have chosen. She has been a frequent visitor to Tarvin and her enthusiasm for all aspects of the artistic world has been constant. That she has achieved so much in such challenging financial times has been little short of miraculous. We wish her every success in the future"

Claire is to remain in the world of Rural Touring and will be joining the National Rural Touring Forum to promote contemporary dance throughout the country.

The post of Rural Arts Officer has been advertised and interviews will be taking place soon. The new person should be in place before Jen goes off on maternity leave at the end of February.
Despite all the changes, the new season shows have been chosen and the promotion of excellent, professional theatre will continue as before. Prepare to be dazzled, entertained and amazed — as usual!

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