Beer Festival

7th Rastrick Beer Festival

22nd - 23rd September 2017


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.