After several days of hard work setting up the walled garden for the annual Music & Real Ale Festival, we were ready to go. Only the weather could spoil the party! In the early hours of Saturday morning, violent thunderstorms hit the village but mercifully no damage was done to the site. As the gates opened, the sun was breaking through and the weather held good for the whole event and consequently large numbers turned up to enjoy the day. What luck! In fact, the weather held fine until the Sunday afternoon when more heavy storm rain arrived but by then we had finished tidying up the site following the event so again we were lucky. The entertainment programme was opened by the school children of the St Mary’s, Richard Crosse and Howard Federation Choir who gave us a lively programme of music to keep the crowd happy. Their final ‘Thank you for the Music’ got everyone waving their arms!
All of the performers gave their services free in aid of the charity. Their contribution played a vital role in the success of the day and was much appreciated by the large audience.
Our hardworking volunteers pulled out all of the stops both before and during the event. The BBQ and hog roast was a great success, as were the cream teas and cakes. The partygoers drank the bar dry (well almost!). We emptied 20 barrels of real ales, 10 kegs of cider and 4 barrels of lager! Some party!!!
What a day. There were some very tired volunteers as we closed up around midnight but everyone was delighted that the public had turned out in good numbers to ensure a successful event. Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to the volunteers who served us so well. The money raised at the event will cover our costs for the next 12 months and will ensure that the garden remains open and FREE to everyone ……. a win-win situation for all concerned.