Beacon Festival donates £3,000 to community groups
ABOUT £3,000 raised by this year’s Beacon Festival has been presented to charities and community organisations
ABOUT £3,000 raised by this year’s Beacon Festival has been presented to charities and community organisations in and around Watlington.
The beneficiaries included the Watlington Defibrillator Fund, Watlington Primary School, St Leonard’s Church, Chalgrove and Watlington children’s centre, Watlington Pre-School, the 1st Watlington scouts, the Paddock Play Equipment Appeal, horse therapy group NEIGH, Age Concern, Stokenchurch Dog Rescue, Dogs for Good and St Andrew’s School in Chinnor.
Lindsay Howard-Dean, who owns Watlington Hill Farm, where the music festival was held over a weekend in June, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled.
“The whole reason we all volunteer our time and energy is for a community event that gives back. It’s all about getting the community involved. The pre-school children did cookie decorating, the children’s centre did a music workshop with the pre-schoolers and Icknield Community College did a battle of the bands.”
Event organiser Michele Pethers added: “There was a great turnout. It was a very successful event, probably the best Beacon we have had so far. Awarding the money is a very important part of why we do it. We’re all volunteers, nobody gets paid.”
She said the festival allowed local bands, artists and schools to get involved.
Topping the bill on the Friday night were Not The Rolling Stones while on the Saturday night it was the turn of the UK Foo Fighters Tribute.