Hat-trick for beer festival?

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Hard working organisers are planning to make it a hat-trick of successes when they stage the third Rastrick Beer Festival this weekend.

The third festival is scheduled to be staged on September 20 and September 21 in the community hall at St John’s Church, Rastrick, which is off Gooder Lane.

The two previous, highly successful festivals have raised hundreds of pounds for both the church and local charities. Last year a cheque for £3,600 was handed over to St John’s and £1,800 was shared between three charities and they also benefited from match funding from Barclay’s Bank Community Fund, meaning they each received £1,200.

The organisers say they are very grateful for Barclays continued support this year because it had made a significant contribution towards making it a success.

The three charities to benefit from last year’s event were the Jayne Garforth Support Centre at the Macmillan unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, the Calderdale branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Huddersfield.

The organisers have decided that the charities to benefit from this year’s festival are the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Service, the Alzheimer’s Society (Calderdale Service) and the local Marie Curie nursing services.

Chairman of the organising committee, Roger Ellis, said they were planning to build on the undoubted success of the two previous festivals and they were confident this latest event would be just as successful.

Roger pointed out a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment had gone into making the festival a success and they had learned a great deal from the two previous events.

He felt this was due not only to the support of local people but from others who had travelled from further afield. Some had travelled from York and there were others who had come down the valley from Todmorden. Having a railway station close by had also been a boost, he said.

“We are going to build on our previous successes and we want people to come along and enjoy themselves, support local breweries as well as supporting local charities. We are offering a fine range of beers from local breweries, including some new beers, and ciders,” said Roger.

This year’s festival will run from 3pm until 10.30pm on Friday, September 20 and from 1pm until 10.30pm on Saturday September 21.