Volunteers Needed


Volunteers Needed for Renfrewshire Witch Hunt 1697

When:    Saturday 9th June 2012 ALL DAY     Where: Paisley Town Centre

We are looking for some enthusiastic individuals who would like to take part in one of Paisley’s most exciting events yet – the Renfrewshire Witch Hunt of 1697.

This project has been a long time in the making and on the 9th June the entire town centre of Paisley will be transported back to 1697, when 7 locals were accused of witch craft, trialled and garrotted. These events arguably shaped the history of Paisley and on the 9th June we intend to retell this story whilst celebrating the wealth of talent and creativity of the people of Renfrewshire. Planned dramatic performances, singing, and dancing around the town centre will culminate in a final procession down to Abbey Close were the ‘accused’ will be transported by horse and cart.

But this is a feat that will take a lot of man power, and keen volunteers to make sure we have enough people on hand to deliver a fun day that runs smoothly. We are looking to recruit two types of volunteers – health and safety stewards and information stewards.

Health and Safety Stewards: 20

Dress Code: Casual Wear with High-Vis Vest

Key tasks will include:

Manning the stage at busy periods

Manning lit torches and ensuring members of the public remain at a safe distance

Escorting the horse and cart, keeping a clear pathway at all times

General Crowd Control

Information Stewards: 20

Dress Code: Period 1697 Dress

Key Tasks will include:

Distributing Maps/ Schedules and Broadsheets

Answer public enquiries about the event and the story of the Witch Hunt

Inform public about areas of interest in the town centre

Gather interest from the public for the 3 planned processions and direct them to the designated areas for performances.

Running Order:

We have a rough running order for the day with performances beginning on the stage at 11am in the morning and scheduled to finish at 5.30pm.

Final details of exact acts etc are still TBC but we confirm that set up and volunteer briefs will commence at

9.30am prompt in Paisley Town Centre.

I realise that not all volunteers may be available or able to participate from 9.30am to 6.30pm (including de-rig). All help is extremely appreciated and will help make the day a success. Sufficient breaks will be provided as will basic refreshments. I hope we can really show the community spirit of the Paisley folk by getting as much of the community involved on the day as possible. If we get this one right, there’s no telling of what this event could become in the coming years!

If you would like to register to volunteer, or if you require any further information could you please contact:

Laura Breaden

Event Organiser, Fablevision Studios

0141 425 2020


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