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Drinking for a good cause

Rastrick Beer Festival presentation evening at St John's Church Hall, Rastrick.
Back, committee members from the left, David Pitts, Eric Ogden, Margaret Ellis, David James, Hilary McCarthy and Roger Ellis.
Front, Lucy Burnett from Marie Curie Cancer Care, Murray Chalmers from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Mike Holt from ACER Life Solutions, Mark Yates from Kershaw's Garden Centre and Chris Redfearn representing Reg Redfearn.

Rastrick Beer Festival presentation evening at St John's Church Hall, Rastrick. Back, committee members from the left, David Pitts, Eric Ogden, Margaret Ellis, David James, Hilary McCarthy and Roger Ellis. Front, Lucy Burnett from Marie Curie Cancer Care, Murray Chalmers from Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team, Mike Holt from ACER Life Solutions, Mark Yates from Kershaw's Garden Centre and Chris Redfearn representing Reg Redfearn.

The fourth Rastrick Beer Festival will take place in September once again, organisers have announced.

Local and national ales and ciders, as well as food, will be on offer at the festival at St John’s Church Community Hall, off Gooder Lane, on Friday, September 19, and Saturday, September 20.

The beer festival is a charity event and has raised money for causes such as Marie Curie in the past.

A total of £7,000 was raised last year, in addition to match funding from Barclays Bank Community Fund.

Roger Ellis, chairman of the organising committee, said: “We have had tremendous support from Barclays Bank over the last three years, which has helped us give over £5,000 to local charities.”

This year, organisers have decided that funds will be donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the White Knights Emergency Voluntary Service, a blood bike charity that provides an urgent, free courier service to the NHS.

The voluntary service is staffed by unpaid individuals and uses motorbikes to transport blood, urgent samples, pharmacy items, baby milk and case notes to hospitals and hospices across North and West Yorkshire.

Roger said he is hoping this year’s event will be just as successful as the previous years, even though it takes a lot of hard work.

“We have had feedback from visitors from our previous festivals indicating that it is a very friendly event, that people are made very welcome and that it is a well run festival with a good choice of top quality beers and ciders.”

He also urged people to support them and the worthy charities.

The beer festival will be open from 3pm until 10.30pm on Friday and 1pmuntil 10.30pm on Saturday.

 
 
 

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