Final touches to second Rastrick Beer Festival

THREE local charities are in line for a cash boost, thanks to a popular beer festival in Rastrick.

The finishing touches are being put to the plans for the second Rastrick Beer Festival, which will be held at St John’s Church community hall, Rastrick on September 21 and 22.

Last year’s event raised much needed funds for both St John’s and three charities and attracted dozens of visitors from parts of Calderdale and Kirklees and from much further afield including Oldham and York.

The organising committee has again agreed this year’s event would support the church and three different charities from last year.

They will support the Jayne Garforth Support Centre at Calderdale Royal Hospital, the Multiple Sclerosis Society Halifax and Calder Valley branch and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

Organising committee chairman, Roger Ellis, said they were delighted with the response they received last year.

“We learned a lot from our first festival, it was a steep learning curve for all of us. But once again we are working hard to make sure we put into practice all that we learned so that we can go forward and make this second festival just as successful and enjoyable,” said Roger.

He said they were very grateful to all their sponsors, both corporate and personal, for their tremendous support, adding that a lot of hard work had been put in last year by a very dedicated team of helpers, which had produced a very successful festival.

“I would urge people to come along and support us and these three very worthy charities like they did last year. It promises to be a first class and very enjoyable event.”

The opening on September 21, runs from 3pm until 10.30pm and on September 22 the day will run from 11.30am until 10.30pm.

Visitors made use of public transport and Mr Ellis thought the close proximity of the railway station to the community hall and the regular and frequent bus services had helped to boost numbers.

Last year they had made use of the garden area outside the hall and they were planning to use the area again this time when they would be adding to the facilities by providing a tented area.

Once again there will be a wide selection of national and local beers and ciders available as well as food. There are also plans to provide some musical entertainment as well.