Unfortunately the 2020 Beer Festival has had to be cancelled
ORGANISERS OF THE RASTRICK BEER FESTIVAL have announced “with deep regret” that they are cancelling this year’s festival because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The festival, scheduled initially for the end of September, would have been the tenth, but after a recent meeting of the organising committee, it was decided to cancel this year’s event. Over the last nine years the festival, held in the community hall at St John’s Church, has raised nearly £50,000 for both the church and a number of local charities. It has also attracted hundreds of visitors from all parts of West Yorkshire and further afield. Roger Ellis, chairman of the organising committee said this week: “ It is with deep regret that we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s festival. The health and safety of people was paramount in reaching this decision. We also thought It would be difficult in the current financial situation to ask for sponsorship money from individuals and companies, many of whom are struggling financially. “For members of the organising committee this tenth festival was going to be our last anyway,” said Roger. He said they were hoping to urge other groups and individuals within St John’s to pick up the baton and take the festival forward.. Roger said they had laid down a very successful template for them to follow. “Little did I realise in the beginning when I took the idea of a beer festival to St John’s parochial church council as a way of raising funds, just how successful it would be. It has not only benefited the church but a great many local charities as well.” Roger described it as a fantastic achievement and thanked the organising committee, the church community, and local businesses who had given the event their wholehearted support, adding they were tremendously proud of what they had achieved.