Beer Festival

Rastrick Beer Festival

16th - 17th September 2016


Organisers of the highly successful Rastrick Beer Festival  are once again planning for this year’s event to be the toast of the town.

Hard working committee members are in the midst of their detailed planning for the sixth festival to be held over two days in the community hall at St John’s Church, Gooder Lane in September.

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 16 from 3pm to 10.30pm, and on Saturday September 17 from 1pm until 10.30pm.

As in previous years national and local ales and ciders as well as food will be on offer.

Last year’s event 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 and a further £800 went to Parkinsons UK, which was divided equally between Halifax and Huddersfield branches.

As a result of the previous festivals nearly £20,000 has been handed over to the church and over £8,000 to local charities.

Organisers of this year’s event have agreed that they will support Ravenscliffe@Springhall. Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College is Calderdale’s only secondary special school, currently providing education for 147 students aged 11 to 19. It caters for a wide range of special educational needs, including moderate, severe, and complex learning difficulties.

Ravenscliffe@Springhall  is the culmination of a decade of careful planning and thought in response to a growing school population and increasing capacity issues. Government guidelines indicate the existing building is fit to accommodate a maximum of 69 students. In September 2015 its student population reached a record high of 147. Future numbers are expected to increase to 167.

Ravenscliffe with the help of a huge community fund raising drive launched in January 2014 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 Ravenscliffe is now seeking the remaining £350,000 to equip it.

The festival will also support the Calderdale and Hudderfield Children’s Diabetic Fund, which supports  local children with the disease.

Chairman of the festival’s organising committee, Roger Ellis, is hoping the year’s event will be just as successful as the previous ones and urged people to come along and support them and the local charities.

“A tremendous amount of hard work and commitment 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, “ he said.