Rastrick Beer Festival 2017
Friday 30th Septem
The 2017 Beer Festival
Organisers of the highly successful Rastrick Beer Festival are once again planning for it to be the toast of the town.
Hard working members of the organising committee are in the middle of their detailed planning for the seventh festival to be held over two days in September in the community hall at St John’s Church, Rastrick. The previous festivals have raised thousands of pounds for both the church and local charities.
This year’s event will be held on Friday, September 22 from 3pm until 10.30pm and on Saturday September 23 from 1pm until 10.30pm.
As with the previous festivals there will be national and local ales and ciders on offer as well as food, which will also be served at certain times. A Prosecco bar will also be available.
Organisers of this year’s festival have agreed to support Bloodwise, which is the UK’s specialist blood cancer charity, which helps makes people’s lives better and helps stop people getting cancer in the first place and the Neonatal Unit at Calderdale Hospital.
Bloodwise says it researches, helps and campaigns, shares learning, and raises money, adding “we have changed the world for people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood disorders.”
Recently St John’s pantomime committee raised £1,000 for Bloodwise after one of its long standing members received treatment at St James’s Hospital, Leeds, for blood cancer.
The Neonatal Unit provides care for pre-term and sick new born babies of Calderdale and Kirklees. The unit has level two status which means it can deliver intensive, high dependency and specialist care for babies born at 27 weeks gestation and above. It has24 cots and of these three are for intensive care, three for high dependency and 18 for specialist care.
The organising committee’s chairman, Roger Ellis, says he is hopeful that this year’s event will be just as successful as the previous years and he put its success down to a combination of hard work by a dedicated team of volunteers and the wonderful support of the church community.
“They have volunteered to help by serving behind the bar, helping in the kitchen and doing a host of other tasks. We have also received wonderful support from the business community and the festival sponsors and we really do appreciate their backing,” said Roger.
He says the feed back they had received in previous years indicated it was a very friendly event, that people were made very welcome and that it was a very well run festival with a good choice of top quality beers and ciders.
“I would urge people to come along, enjoy themselves, sample some first class beers and ciders and support some very worthy charities” added Roger.
He said they had been highly delighted with the response and support the previous festivals had received from both the sponsors and public and they were now planning to make this latest festival just as successful and enjoyable.
The Presentation Evening
The sixth 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 £6,800, which prompted Roger Ellis, chairman of the organising committee, to say he thought it was one of the best year’s ever.
The committee recently announced that it had agreed that £5,250 would go to church funds and £800 each would go to this year’s chosen charities, Ravenscliffe@Springhall and Calderdale and Huddersfield Children’s Diabetic Fund.
They each received their cheques at a special presentation evening held at St John’s, when Roger described the atmosphere at this year’s festival as “magic.”
The 2016 Beer Festival
Calder Valley MP, Craig Whittaker, swapped Parliament for pints when he popped in to visit the highly successful sixth Rastrick Beer Festival.
The MP chatted and joked with drinkers before moving in behind the bar to try his hand at pulling pints for thirsty customers, under the watchful eye of Roger Ellis, chairman of the festival committee.
Afterwards Craig jokes:” I don’t think I will give up the day job.”
But he added: “On a more serious note I am delighted to be able to support this very worthy and successful festival. Over the recent years that it has been organised it has raised many thousands of pounds for the church and for a number of local charities and deserves our backing.
“I know a lot of hard work has gone in to making it a success and I also know that it has given the public a huge amount of pleasure. This festival deserves to succeed.”
The Mayor of Calderdale, Howard Blagbrough and the Mayoress, Mrs Catherine Kirk, who visited the event on Saturday, also tried their hand at pulling beer after first chatting to visitors and members of the organising committee.
Afterwards the Mayor said he was delighted to be at the festival, which was being staged in his home town, and which was supporting local charities and helping local communities.
“It is wonderful this is happening and being carried out by volunteers, it deserves the highest praise,” he said.
This year’s event, staged in the community hall at St John’s Church, Rastrick, ran on Friday, September 16 and Saturday September 17 and offered a fine selection of local and regional ales as well as, for the first time, a Prosecco bar. Food was also available.
The event attracted hundreds of visitors from Calderdale and Kirklees and from over the Pennines in Lancashire..
Last year’s festival raised £5,300 of which £3,700 went to St John’s and £800 to Working Wonders, which provides support for young people and employers to create sustainable apprenticeships in Calderdale and a further £800 went to Parkinson’s UK which was divided equally between the Halifax and Huddersfield branches.
This year the two charities the beer festival committee have chosen to support are Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College, which is Calderdale’s only secondary special school and Calderdale and Huddersfield Children’s Diabetic Fund which supports local children with the disease.
Ravencliffe caters for a wide range of special education needs, including moderate, severe and complex learning difficulties.
Roger Ellis described the latest festival as a huge success and early indications were that it had attracted more visitors than last year. He thanked the hard working and friendly team who had done the organising and planning leading up to the event.
He also thanked local businesses, local breweries and the church community for their wonderful support and sponsorship, without which no charity would have benefited.
At the close of the festival Roger said they were not yet in a position to give a final figure because some monies were still coming in and some bills were outstanding.
But once the monies were in and the various costs covered they would make an announcement at a special presentation evening later in the year when cheques will be handed over to the chosen charities and church.
“I think this latest festival compares very favourably with previous ones and must rank as a very successful event,” he said.
Organisers of the highly successful Rastrick Beer Festival are promising that this year’s event will have plenty of fizz and sparkle.
In addition to the fine and wide selection of local and regional beers and ciders, next month’s festival will also have a Prosecco bar.
“We know from various people that it is currently a very popular drink and last week I was speaking to someone who had recently helped at a beer festival which had a Prosecco bar and it had proved to be very popular.
“So we have decided to give it a try and hopefully we will get he same reaction,” said chairman of the Rastrick Beer Festival committee, Roger Ellis.
This will be the sixth festival to be staged in the community hall at St John’s Church, which is off Gooder Lane, and will be held on Friday September 16 and Saturday September 17. It will be open between 3pm and 10.30pm on Friday and 1pm and 10.30pm on Saturday.
There will be a selection on local and regional ales and ciders and food will be available at certain times.
Over the years the festival has raised nearly £20,000 for the church and over £8,000 for local charities.
Organisers of this year’s event have agreed they will support Ravenscliffe@Springhall.
Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College is Calderdale’s only secondary special school providing education for 147 students aged 11 to 17 and caters for wide range of special educational needs.
Government guidelines indicate the existing building is fit to accommodate 69 students but in September 2015 its student population reached a record high of 147. With the help of a huge local community fund raising drive it has now secured the £2,700,000 required to construct a new centre one mile from the current site.
But it does not factor in equipping it to the highest possible standards and it is now seeking the remaining £350,000 to equip it.
The festival will also support the Calderdale and Huddersfield Children’s Diabetic Fund, which supports local children with the disease. It offers nursing care, support and advice to children and young people who have been diagnosed with the disease.
“We hope people will support the festival as they have done in previous years because it is being staged for a good cause, for local charities and the church. A tremendous amount of hard work has been put in to making the festivals a success but we have been highly delighted with the response and support we have received in the past from both sponsors and public,” said Roger.
Last year’s festival raised over £5,000 of which £3,700 went to St John’s and £800 to the independent charity Working Wonders, which provides support for young people and employers to create sustainable apprenticeships in Calderdale,
A further £800 went to Parkinsons UK which was divided equally between Halifax and Huddersfield branches.