Village revives beer festival tradition in idyllic rural setting
AN IDYLLIC village is reviving a lost tradition with the return of its beer festival.
The community of Wincle is preparing for the return of its beer festival. The last one was eight years ago, run by Giles Meadows who used to own The Ship and is now the owner and head brewer of the Wincle Beer Co.
This year Giles is bringing the festival back with Wincle Beer Co.
Giles said it was time to bring back the event as real ale has seen a surge in popularity.
He said: “Real ale has been a huge success story in recent years.
“The tradition of Wincle’s own festival though had been lost, so as the local brewer we are bringing it back.”
The two-day festival will be set in the stunning surroundings of the Dane Bridge river valley in the Peak District.
With a host of beers, ciders and perries served from the brewery itself, festival goers will have the opportunity to see where beer is brewed.
Giles said: “We also wanted to add a bit of fun to the festival and give it a traditional country theme Cancer Support, Help The Hospice, Carers Trust.
Martin said: “We hope to have a lovely sunny day where people can have a nice a cup of tea, homemade cakes and scones and enjoy wandering around the garden.”
Admission costs £5 and children go for free. ●● SUTTON St James Church is preparing to celebrate its 175th anniversary.
A family funday will take place on Saturday, July 25 to mark the anniversary and everyone is invited to so on the Saturday we are hosting a tug of war when teams of all abilities can compete for cask beer prizes.
“Along with the tug of war it should all add up to a great weekend and a welcome return of a village favourite.
“I don’t know of another event of this type in a more beautiful setting, surrounded by trees and on the bank of a river.
“Some have even said that it could be the most beautiful beer festival in the world.”
The festival will also include a barbecue of celebrate. There will be an afternoon tea and ceilidh. ●● THE Sutton Reading Group will next meet at Sutton Hall on Monday, July 6.
Members of the group will discuss the thriller Skeleton Road by Val McDermid.
They meet at 8.15pm and anyone is welcome to attend even without reading the book. ●● RESIDENTS from Sutton have been among those to benefit from a police operation to trace burglars.
Sgt Simon Degg and Gloucester Old Spot pig and live music. Sales from Wincle’s own Rossendale Rambler beer will raise funds for the neighbouring Rossendale Trust which provides supported living to adults with learning and physical disabilities.
The festival takes place on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27. The bar will be open from 6pm to 11pm on the Friday and 2pm to 11.30pm on Saturday.
To find out more or to enter a team in the tug of war visit the website winclebeer.co.uk or phone 01260 227777. officers visited homes to hand out property marking kits as part of Operation Shield. The kits involve using a unique liquid containing an individual code which is painted onto valuables. The DNA coding is registered to the owner’s address and if items are stolen the fluid shows up under certain lighting so it can be traced back to the owner. Officers can check offenders for a match to the stolen items.
Email macclesfield. email@example.com. police.uk for information.
●● Giles Meadows, head brewer at Wincle Beer Co, puts his back into training for the return of Wincle’s beer festival and tug of war