CHEERS! PULLING PUNTERS & PINTS AT BEER FESTIVAL
BEACONSFIELD’S mayor is hoping to pull in the punters for the town’s St George’s Day beer festival and tug-of-war.
John Read has this week launched the website for the event, which will take place on Saturday, April 23 at Beaconsfield Rugby Club.
The day will kick off at 11am and run into the evening, with activities including a tug of war contest, a rugby match, a fete, live music from a selection of bands, and a wide ranging line up of real ale, lager, craft beers and ciders.
There will also be wines and spirits and soft drinks available to buy on the day or at a cheaper rate beforehand online via a token system.
A shuttle bus service will run all day from the venue to Beaconsfield station so that people can sample some of the range of more than 30 real ales, 10 ciders and five craft beers on offer.
Mr Read said: “It’s not all about the beer. The event is being organised to promote and raise funds for this year’s Mayor’s Appeal, which aims to improve dementia care and raise mental health awareness in Beaconsfield and the surrounding area.”
The money raised is being ring-fenced to provide an Admiral Nurse for Beaconsfield, Amersham and the surrounding area.
Mr Read said: “Currently Beaconsfield, in fact all of Buckinghamshire, is like the hole in a donut with no Admiral Nurse or nursing team, unlike surrounding areas, and we want to change that.”
Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who give practical and emotional care and support for family carers, as well as the person with dementia. They work in the community, in care homes, in hospices and a variety of other settings, and the Mayor’s Appeal is also working with Rethink Mental Illness and Mind to promote awareness of their services.
The event is being sponsored by Inland Homes, but Mr Read is hoping more sponsors come forward to get involved before the event.
There is also a need for volunteers to help run the shuttle bus and to help behind the bar.
To find out more, or how to enter a team in the tug of war, go to www.beaconsfieldbeerfestival.
Cheers: Beaconsfield Town Crier Dick Smith and Cameron Baker, son of the Jolly Cricketers’ landlady Amanda Baker. Left, A cartoon by the cartoonist Matt, which has been drawn especially for the Festival