Vil­lage re­vives beer fes­ti­val tra­di­tion in idyl­lic ru­ral set­ting

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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. npu@cheshire.pnn. 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

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