£4,000 boost for the Froth­blow­ers

Leek Post & Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

OR­GAN­IS­ERS of a vil­lage group have raised nearly £4,000 from four pub sales which will en­able a tra­di­tion to con­tinue and also pro­vide se­nior mem­bers of the com­mu­nity with a Christ­mas gift.

Ip­stones Froth­blow­ers is a long­stand­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion which raises funds by hold­ing auc­tions at pubs in the par­ish dur­ing Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber.

The sales are held at The Fox and Goose at Foxt and The Mar­quis, The Red Lion and The Sea Lion, in Ip­stones.

Items auc­tioned off in­clude cakes, jams, fruit, veg­eta­bles, bric-a-brac, flow­ers and house­hold goods.

The money is then dis­trib­uted to ev­ery man aged over 65 and woman aged over 60 in the vil­lages of Ip­stones and Foxt, in hand-de­liv­ered en­velopes .

Now the group has an­nounced that they have re­ceived a lot of sup­port from the pub­lic dur­ing this year’s sales and that the to­tal fig­ure raised is £3,932.

Sec­re­tary of the Froth­blow­ers or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee Julie Ri­ley said: “We have re­ceived ex­cel­lent sup­port once again this year. Peo­ple have do­nated qual­ity items and many of our sup­port­ers have been bak­ing. We have also had many peo­ple at­tend­ing the sales in the pubs.

“The events have been great fun and we have seen many new faces.

“Now we are hop­ing to de­liver £10 each to women over 60 and men aged 65 and over in the two vil­lages.

“Ev­ery­one wants the tra­di­tion to con­tinue so it is vi­tal that sup­port is there. The com­mit­tee is very hard work­ing and ded­i­cated to this long stand­ing, unique or­gan­i­sa­tion con­tin­u­ing.

“The evening sales went very well and we would like to thank the land­lords of the pubs and all the peo­ple who do­nated items for the sales and the buy­ers who bought the goods.”

The vol­un­teer run group was launched in the 1950s fol­low­ing a flower and veg­etable show at the for­mer Red Lion pub in Ip­stones Edge.

Ex­hibitors did not know what to do with the left-over items when the event had fin­ished, so they were sold off to raise money for lo­cal pen­sion­ers.

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