Rangeworthy Beer Festival

May 18 and 19

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The Rose and Crown, Rangeworthy

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THE annual Rangeworthy Beer Festival is continuing with its family friendly Sunday after it was a huge success last year.

The festival, which features beer and cider from local breweries, aims to appeal to everyone in the community and money raised goes back into village projects.

It’s organised by a committee of just three residents – Jayne Soule, Jill Briggs and Sue Romain – with an army of helpers to stage the event.

Jane said: “We do a lunchtime session on Saturday and find the older members of the village come to that or the more serious beer enthusiasts who come to try different beers, then an evening session with live music and a band, so we get a different mix of people.

There was always some beer left over, so we thought we could do a family-friendly Sunday session with entertainment and a BBQ. We did it last year for the first time and it worked well.”

The committee is known as the Jubilee Committee because the first beer festival was organised for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. It was intended as a one off – but then the Diamond Jubilee came along, and some children’s discos needed organising for the village, so the team just kept going.

The festival is supported by the owner of the Rose and Crown pub who loans the garden for free, and by Rangeworthy Football Club, who run the barbecue. Local businesses sponsor a barrel of beer.

Jayne said: “We’ve recently donated to the church because they need heating; we’ve donated to the school because they were building a new sports hall, we’ve donated to the football club as they need new equipment, and to the village hall which needed a new kitchen. We’ve also sponsored individuals who’ve done their own fundraising.”

The event takes place on May 18 and 19 at the Rose and Crown.

On Saturday the afternoon session is 12-4pm, tickets cost £6. The evening session is 7pm to midnight, no children under 18 admitted, tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the day.

On Sunday the family session is £2. Tickets are available from the pub on 01454 228233.

For more information visit the festival's Facebook page.