Help wanted to make family friendly festival a big success

Phoenixbury 2011
Phoenixbury 2011
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STEEPLE Claydon’s free music festival is returning for another year from June 29 to July 1.

This is the fundraising festival’s ninth year and organiser Jo Sadler-Baughan says already 17 bands are booked to play.

Phoenixbury 2011

Phoenixbury 2011

The family-friendly event takes place over the Friday night, Saturday and Sunday in the 300ft garden of the village’s Phoenix pub. It’s free to enter, with the volunteer organisers simply asking for donations for charity.

As well as up to 20 live bands playing music of all types, there are stalls, face-painting, reasonably priced food and plenty for families to enjoy.

Last year, the event raised more than £1,000 for Steeple Claydon School and the Puzzle Centre in Middle Claydon.

This year the Phoenixbury Crew have chosen to support the Florence Nightingale Hospice in Aylesbury. Mrs Sadler-Baughan said it is a cause close to the heart of one of the organisers.

Phoenixbury 2011

Phoenixbury 2011

The crew keep running costs as low as possible, with much of the essential equipment being donated by local companies, including Pure Scaffolding and Marshall Amplification. All the work is done by volunteers and all the bands play for free.

Now they are looking for ‘pre-emptive sponsorship’ from local businesses, including raffle prizes, so all the money raised will go to charity.They also want people to volunteer to donate an hour of their time to help behind the bar or with the catering. First aiders are also needed.

Visit the Phoenixbury 2012 page on Facebook.

Contact Mrs Sadler-Baughan on 07725 042865.

Bands wishing to play should email