GREETINGS to all our valued supporters, musicians, audience, volunteers, and to any music lovers reading this who may never have been to Guildford but would like to one day! Back in March this year, at a meeting just before the current crisis really took hold, a newly formed committee of 8 was revved and ready to take on the challenge of bringing you the 2020 Guildford Banjo Jamboree. As time went on however, it became increasingly clear that given the circumstances – and particularly with our difficulties of crowded camping, shared loos and showers, and small but crowded venues – we could not safely run a Jamboree this year. We will definitely be working on re-instating the Jamboree in September 2021 so watch the website for news of dates, details of performer/workshop/volunteer registration, and opening of online ticketing.

THANKS to all who attended in 2019. It was a blast. Thanks to all the performers, workshop presenters, dance callers and musos, tech crews, volunteers, committee members, local businesses, local council, sponsors, etc, etc, who helped to make it such a success. Surplus Jamboree funds have once again been passed on to local organisations.

SPECIAL THANKS to Event Coordinator of the 2018 and 2019 Jamborees, Peter Mitchell, for his tireless work in guiding the committee during those two years. Great work Peter. Peter has moved on, but his co-coordinator Liz Monty has agreed to take up the helm for the next Jamboree, assisted by Annie Hardy.

SPECIAL THANKS to Volunteers Coordinator for the past four Jamborees, (and volunteer for many years prior), Gael Shannon, who is also moving on – and moving house! How we will miss her smiling face, tireless energy and superb organisation. However we have welcomed new and enthused committee member Gerald (Bluey) Gunn to the role and he is looking forward to contacting everyone in 2021. Email: volunteers@banjojamboree.org  Ph: 0426 821 441

THE GUILDFORD HOTEL: Alan Joyce at the Guildford Hotel has, as have all hotel licensees, been doing it tough. Alan is such a staunch supporter of music and performers, and hopefully he will be able to hold out through these tough times. He is re-opening the hotel, with restrictions, as from Thursday June 4th, so if you are within cooee and can call in for a meal, please do. Make sure you phone first. 03 5473 4215. You can follow the hotel’s Facebook page, to which the Jamboree will be contributing, at www.facebook.com/theguildfordfamilyhotel

Cheers all, from the Committee.

Event Coordinator and Finance Manager:  Liz Monty 0417 544 835 info@banjojamboree.org
Performer Coordinator: Jeanette Gillespie: 0414 732 667 performers@banjojamboree.org
Volunteer Coordinator: Lisa Kearns volunteers@banjojamboree.org
Annie Hardy (Assistant Coordinator), Bob Forde (Permits and Grants), Duncan Brown (Camping Coordinator), Beverley Hope (Merchandise), John Leyshon (General Committee)