A couple who stepped in to save a village pub are to host a music festival to raise money for causes close to their community’s heart.
After recently returning from Afghanistan Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon Robinson will official open the Mursley Music Festival at the Green Man Pub in Main Street on Saturday, August 3.
As well as Help for Heroes the event will raise funds for Chiltern MS and the Mursley Church general repairs fund. The line-up includes a variety of local and talent from further afield, and starts with a country and folk flavour, before rock and pop musicians attempt to raise the roof in the evening.
The Mursley Sports Association will also be on hand to host cricket and football tournaments, and a range of stalls will equip the audience with all their festival needs.
Landlord Lyndon Broom said he is looking forward to seeing established local favourites like Palmerston perform alongside new bands like the Vicky Aimes Band, but said he did not want the event to be just about entertainment.
He said: “My father has multiple sclerosis and sadly we have lost a couple people from Mursley to the condition. And Chiltern MS provide fantastic help, not only for those with MS but also to their relatives.”
The entertainment kicks off with a half hour set by Rief at 2.30pm, followed by Kobold between 3.15pm and 4pm, Sidewinder between 4.15pm and 5.10pm, the Vicky Aimes Band between 5.30pm and 6.15pm, Palmerston from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, the Fabulites between 8pm and 9pm, with Kong rounding off the event between 9.30pm and 11pm.
As lifelong Mursley residents Mr Broom and his wife Helen took over the pub last year when it was threatened with closure despite having their hands full with a four week old baby.
Since then they have invested in the business by redecorating the pub, and held a competition to design a new pub sign which went up in June.
They have also held regular fun events and hosted lived music and added to the pub family by taking on a rescued donkey who now lives alongside his pal Rufus the Shetland Pony.
Mr Broom said they could not sit back and watch an important public amenity fall away. He added: “It is literally and metaphorically the hub of the village. It’s right in the centre and brings together millionaires and businessmen with people they might not normally met or interact with.”
The NHS provides no long-term treatment for people with MS. This means the treatments, therapies and services provided by the Chiltern MS Centre are a lifeline for people who have MS. To find out more visit www.chilternsmscentre.org. To find out more about the Green Man Pub visit www.thegreenmanmursley.co.uk.