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SouthWestFest is looking for new Trustees

SouthWestFest Trustee Role

SouthWestFest is seeking new trustees to join the charity board, and support the ongoing creative and executive development and delivery of our annual cultural community festival for South Westminster.

Skills / Experience sought includes:

Accounting, bookkeeping or finance
Business development
Web design
Graphic design
Community work
Event producing

The Role of Trustees

Trustees take ultimate responsibility for the work that the organisation does, and the way in which it spends money raised by the charity through income and donations to achieve its aims. The Trustees are responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation, agreeing plans and budgets, and holding the Festival Director to account for the delivery of the plans.

It has a legal dimension too, with Trustees legally responsible for ensuring that the organisation operates to standards set by parliament and the Charity Commission.


The full board meets once a month on weekday evenings in Pimlico; there may be other meetings and events such as our AGM and Launch event for which you will be asked to attend. We also ask our trustees to commit to attending and volunteering at one of more of our Festival events which take place each year between June and July mainly on weekends.

The time commitment to the charity is approximately 90 hours per annum.

Key Responsibilities

With other Trustees to hold SouthWestFest ‘in trust’ by

Ensuring that SouthWestFest has a clear vision, mission and  strategic direction, and is focused on achieving these.
Ensuring that SouthWestFest complies with all legal and regulatory requirements.
Acting as guardians of our assets, both tangible and intangible, taking all due care over their security, deployment and proper application.
Ensuring that SouthWestFest governance and performance is of the highest possible standard.
To work in partnership with other trustees, the Festival Director and other contract staff.


To agree the vision, mission and strategic plan for the charity.
To ensure that the operational plan and budget reflect the agreed strategic direction and are appropriate.
To agree the measures for objectively monitoring the progress of the charity towards its strategic goals.
To monitor the achievement of SouthWestFest against the key measures from the operational plan and budget..
To hold the Festival Director accountable for the achievement of the organisation’s goals, and provide them with regular, constructive feedback on both management and overall achievement.
To agree the charity policies and ensure that they will assist in the achievement of the strategic and operational plans.
To ensure that the charity has satisfactory financial control systems and procedures, and to review the level of risk annually.
To safeguard the charity’s reputation and other intangible assets.
To reflect annually on the Board’s performance and your own performance as a trustee and participate in the AGM.


To participate in strategic planning for the festival.
To attend trustee meetings once a month, read relevant papers and be prepared to make a contribution.
To support the contract staff when requested, sharing expertise, as a member of a working group or in other appropriate ways.
To be prepared to act as a spokesperson for SouthWestFest when asked by the Festival Director, and to work within an agreed brief.
To attend events as an ambassador for SouthWestFest, to network and promote the work of the organisation.
To assist with fundraising by speaking, networking and otherwise seeking donations in conjunction with staff and volunteers as appropriate.

How to Apply:

Please send a CV and a covering letter stating why you are interested in applying for the role, how your skills and experience are relevant to the role, how you can add value to the board and any other relevant information. Email:


Now only two weeks until SouthWestFest 2019 begins with our Pimlico Proms – are you ready?

Information on events, competitions and vounteering…

Over 70 free and low-cost events and activities taking place in South Westminster.

Check out the online brochure here!

Pimlico Proms / Tin Pan Alley Film Screening / Intergalactic Circus of Truths / Photography Workshops / Film Workshops / Pop Up Planetarium

All these events require either booking a free or low-cost ticket, make sure you do that here to avoid missing out!

We have two competitions on the go…

1) We have partnered with Georgian House Hotel to offer you, our wonderful newsletter readers the chance of winning one of 5 prizes!

*Brunch for 2* *2 x Pimlico Pictures for 2* *Wizard Cocktail/Mocktail Experience for 4* *Cheese Afternoon Tea Experience (with bottomless bubbles!)*

Sign up to our newsletter to be in with a chance of winning one of these fab prizes!

2) Our Gold Sponsors Westminster Adult Education Services sponsoring our Opening Festival Weekend are offering you the opportunity to win an Ipad!

All you need to do is fill out a short survey to be entered into the draw. Head to WAES’ website for more information:

Want to get more involved in SouthWestFest? Want experience of live events? Want to give back to your community?

We’re looking for volunteers to help us, especially at our Opening Weekend, information and application form here!

SouthWestFest 2019 Brochure Now Online

SouthWestFest Launches 2019 Festival Programme!

SouthWestFest – South Westminster’s Award Winning Cultural and Community Festival Returns for 2019 with the Most Exciting Festival to Date! From the 28th June to the 21st July, hosting over 60 events in 20 local venues.

Festival Director Joanna Hedges said “We are pleased to announce the return of SouthWestFest a community led festival for all of South Westminster. The festival would not be possible without the passion of local residents and volunteers, plus our new Gold Festival Weekend Sponsor – Westminster Adult Education Service, who we are very pleased to have on board as a partner for this year’s festival.”

The Pimlico Proms launches this year’s festival on the 28th of June. Sip Pimms in the sunshine and enjoy al-fresco music from the Colla Voce Singers and Kew Wind Orchestra, end the evening in style with exciting sparks and fireworks. The Pimlico Proms is a free event so register now for your free ticket at

Then join thousands of local residents in celebrating SouthWestFest at the free Festival Day from 12pm – 6pm on the 29th of June at St.Georges Square. You can expect live performances on the Shooting Stars Stage, circus shows, fairground rides, a city farm, Health Zone, Workshop Zone, art installations, crafts, market stalls, food and fun!

Following the launch weekend, SouthWestFest offers you a 3 week festival with a ‘Space’ themed programme of free and low-cost events promoting the best of South Westminster.

From Space Station installations, to Intergalactic outdoor theatre performances and Pop Up Planetariums, there is something for everyone. Highlights include our workshops for young people and adults with Graphic Design Taster Sessions, Documentary Filmmaking and Photography. Plus an exclusive showing of the Tin Pan Alley documentary at our Pop Up Cinema in Lillington Gardens and the opening of Embrace your Space Art Exhibition at the Cave.

This year our Children and Families programme is sponsored by Leyf Nurseries and is brimming with fun free events including our Galactic Gathering – Fun Family picnic at Millbank Gardens, an Intergalactic Game Show by theatre company 6 Foot Stories, The Shambush Space Station Art Installation which will be touring neighbourhoods across SW1, and our finale event the Out of this World Fun Afternoon hosted by The Pimlico Million, at Churchill Square on the 20th of July.

Plus there are plenty more free and low cost events, activities and workshops as part of this year’s festival. For more information go to

Two Week Registration Deadline!

Just 2 weeks to go to make it into our printed brochure
DEADLINE Thursday 25th April, 5pm.
Just a quick reminder to invite you to register an event, workshop, open day, taster session or other public activity in the SouthWestFest Festival Programme and Brochure for 2019, registration is entirely free, as long as your listing is for a free or low cost activity which is accessible to all. 
SouthWestFest is South Westminster’s award winning community and cultural festival, and our aim is to link local people with the incredible organisations and services available to them through out the area.
Our brochure gets distributed to over 10,000 people in the South Westminster, we also promote all events in our programme both online and through our social media channels.The festival programme takes place between the 29th of June and the 20th of July so your event/activity must take place between these dates. We can’t list events before or after these dates. You can register any kind of activity for all age ranges, from arts and entertainment, health, well-being, education, walks, tours, classes, exhibitions or workshops! You name it and we’ll help you let people know about what is going on.
Important Registration Info
– Your event/activity needs to take place between the dates of the 29th of June and the 20th of July
– Your event / activity needs to take place in a venue or space within South Westminster – If you have an idea for an activity but are not sure about where to hold it, get-in touch! We can help you find a local venue or space
– Your event/activity needs to be free or low cost ( ideally under £5.00) this is to reduce any barriers to access
– You need to jointly promote your event/activity with and as part of SouthWestFest
– You need to register your event/activity by 5pm the 25th of April, in order for us to get your listing in time to include it in the printed brochure
How to Register
Fill out this simple programme registration form here – MAKE SURE YOU FILL IN THIS FORM BY 5PM ON THE 25TH OF APRIL, TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME