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More than £10,000 is being donated to local charities after another successful Newbury Real Ale Festival.

Around 13,000 pints of ale, cider and craft beer were consumed at the event, which took place at the beginning of September.

There were more than 200 ales, craft beers and ciders to try, with many of them produced locally and including some Great British Beer Festival winners.

Enjoying the Newbury Real Ale Festival
Enjoying the Newbury Real Ale Festival

The Catherine Wheel bar also served more than 1,000 gin and rum cocktails at the event, which for that one day, became the biggest ‘pub garden’ in England.

The 4,500 people who gathered at Northcroft Playing Fields were treated to an eclectic line-up of music too, with rock band Reef headlining.

Vinnie Butler, chairman of Newbury and Thatcham Hockey Club, which organises the event, said over the years 60,000 people and 7,000 children had enjoyed the festival.

Kathryn Edwards, Matt Starbuck, Gemma Dodd and Lucienne Ferreira at Newbury Real Ale Festival. Ref: 37-1721
Kathryn Edwards, Matt Starbuck, Gemma Dodd and Lucienne Ferreira at Newbury Real Ale Festival. Ref: 37-1721

A total of £10,750 will be split between Daisy’s Dream, Sport in Mind and a charity still to be nominated by Champion Scaffolding – who constructed the fencing around the event. Smaller donations will also be made to Newbury Cricket Club, where the event is held, and the Sea Cadets, who do a litter pick on the Sunday after the festival.

Mr Butler added: “It is for the community of Newbury and it’s nice for different societies to get a mention too.

“It’s about the community and that’s why we do it.

“Our focus is for people to have a nice time and hopefully other people can then benefit out of the day.

The Newbury Real Ale Festival took place at the beginning of September
The Newbury Real Ale Festival took place at the beginning of September

“If we can add one day of people smiling then we will do it and it has an effect afterwards for the beneficiaries as they can do something positive with [the donations]."

He said that after the event the team litter-picked through town to ensure there was no rubbish left strewn around. The volunteers - who put in 2,000 hours each year to host the event - were back on site first thing the following morning to ensure the site was cleared in time for an 11am cricket match.

"We want people to wake up the next morning and all that's left is the good memories," he added.

The club started the event in 2003 and, since then, more than £100,000 has been donated to various charities and good causes.

Next year’s event is planned for September 10.



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