Memorandum submitted by Jane Bradshaw
For some years now Music in the Church at Aust has organised small-scale concerts mainly of folk,
renaissance and medieval music in (as the name suggests) the church at Aust, a small village at the east end of the old Severn
bridge. These concerts, held in aid of restoration and improvement of the
church, have attracted many people, some like my husband and myself from nearby
villages, some from
Under the 2003 Act in order for these concerts to be put on the amount of paperwork went up from one page per event to six pages (in triplicate). The cost of the licence went up from £10 for a batch of up to twelve licences to £21 per event, and if temporary licences are used as at present, the organiser can only apply for five licences a year. The cost of a permanent licence would be even greater, and in addition the church or other venue would have to have its own licence.
My brother, who is a magistrate in