Three hard- working charities and a local church were raising their glasses this week to toast the recent highly successful Rastrick Beer Festival.
The third festival, held in the community hall at St John’s Church, Rastrick, at the end of September, attracted hundreds of real ale fans from across West Yorkshire and further afield. Now the delighted organisers have announced the two day event raised an amount approaching £7,000, which is slightly up on the previous year. From that £4,500 will go to St John’s Church, with the parochial church council approving £1,000 of that going towards the refurbishment of the church’s community hall kitchen. The three charities will receive in total £4,500, which includes match funding from Barclay’s Bank Community Fund. A special presentation evening, when the cheques will be presented to the various organisations, will be held on November 22.
The three charities to benefit this year are the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Service, The Alzheimer’s Society (Calderdale Services) and the local Marie Curie Nursing Services.
Roger Ellis, chairman of the organising committee, described the two day event as a “tremendous success”, adding that he would like to thank the team and Barclay’s.