Rastrick Beer Festival
Friday 21st September 2018
Saturday 22nd September 2018
2018 The final pieces of the jigsaw are being put in place to make the eighth Rastrick Beer Festival, to be staged at the end of September, another memorable event.
The hard working organisers are working tirelessly on their plans to make sure that the eighth festival, to be staged in the community hall at St John’s Church, Rastrick on Friday September 21 and Saturday September 22, will be just as successful as the previous seven.
The previous events have raised thousands of pounds for both St John’s Church and various local charities.
They have also attracted hundreds of visitors from all parts of Calderdale and Kirklees and from much further afield.
Once again this year the organisers have agreed to support St John’s Church and two more local charities, the Yorkshire Children’s Trust , which is based in Elland and Brighouse based Turning Point counselling service.
Yorkshire Children’s Trust, was founded by two sets of parents after their daughters were diagnosed with Leukaemia.
Since 2011 the charity has set out to help children and their families cope with the emotional and financial strain of many life changing illnesses, something the charity’s founders understand after dealing with cancer.
Despite its far reaching work with local parents, support workers and medical professionals the Trust receives no lottery, NHS or central government funding.. It relies entirely on donations to fund its work.
Turning Point Counselling Service offers individual counselling to anyone over the age of 14. While it is a Christian based charity it provides an inclusive service open to all regardless of faith, culture, race, gender, disability or sexuality.
It offers opportunities for counselling to the local community and beyond who may not be able to access longer term therapeutic counselling elsewhere.
The previous festivals have raised over £35,000 to support both St John’s Church and local charities.
Last year, in addition to the church which received £4,000, the two charities to benefit were Bloodwise, which is the UK’s blood cancer charity, and the neo-natal unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital, which each received £1,000.
Chairman of the organising committee, Roger Ellis, said this week that they were planning to make this eighth festival just as popular and successful as the previous events and that they were putting plans in place to make it another highly successful event.
“We are working hard to make sure we put in place all that we have learned from the previous years to make sure that we can make September’s festival just as successful and enjoyable,” he said.
Once again the festival will offer a wide range of local ales and ciders and a Prosecco bar will also be available. Food will also be served at certain times.
Roger added that they had been delighted with the response and feed back from the previous events and once again thanked both local businesses, the church community and individuals who had previously supported the event.
“They have helped to make the festival the success that it has become and for that I would like to say a huge thank-you to them. I would also like to thank the hard working team who are involved in organising and planning the festival. They do a tremendous job,” he said.