District Council grant enables children and community to beat to a different drum

A £1,000 grant from South Somerset District Council's Arts Development and Area East Community grants fund has helped King Arthurs Community School in Wincanton to purchase a set of Taiko drums.

The new purchase will enable children at the school and also the local community to learn a different style of drumming which originated from Japan.

Taiko drumming is a loud, hard and fast style of drumming which due to its very physical nature, is a great way to burn off calories and exercise. It helps to encourage team work and brings people of all ages and abilities together to have fun and to enjoy this creative and lively activity.

The grant from the District Council enabled King Arthur's Community School to submit a successful application to 'Music for All' and contributed towards a funding package which included support from the Friends of Wincanton Hospital, further school fundraising and proceeds from a raffle at a nearby local pub.

Councillor Nick Colbert, Ward Member for Wincanton said, "Area East Committee was happy to support this application with a small grant, which has the potential to help a lot of local community members. It's fantastic to know that so many children will see the benefit of this District Council grant and that we are helping them with their team working skills as well as enabling them to have fun and keep fit".

Councillor Colin Winder, also Ward Member for Wincanton added, "The Taiko drums are a great way for residents of the local community to keep fit, with its fast paced style of drumming. It's good to see the District Council's grant fund money being used in a positive way that will also help the wider community".

The school is keen to share this opportunity with the wider community. If you would like to get involved with Taiko drumming, why not attend one of the taster workshops - no experience necessary. 

Emma Fletcher, Music teacher at King Arthur's Community School, has arranged taster workshops at Kings Arthur's Community School in Wincanton on Wednesday 20th June 6:30-7:30pm and Thursday 12th July 6:30-7:30pm.  To book a place go to www.kingarthurs.org.uk/taiko or alternatively contact the school on 01963 32368.

Wincanton Taiko Drums