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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

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