‘Every pint drunk raises cash for charity’ at beer festival

Winslow Lions Club president Martin Caulfield, past president Chris Lowe and John Bercow MP at a previous Winslow Beer Festival

Winslow Lions Club president Martin Caulfield, past president Chris Lowe and John Bercow MP at a previous Winslow Beer Festival

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TICKETS are on sale now for Winslow’s annual beer festival – and the good news is, prices are staying the same for another year!

Organised by Winslow Lions, the seventh Winslow Beer Festival takes place at Winslow Public Hall, on Elmfields Gate, on Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17.

Winslow Beer Festival, held at Winslow Public Hall

Winslow Beer Festival, held at Winslow Public Hall

As in previous years, it will be officially opened by local MP and Commons Speaker John Bercow at 7pm on the Friday night.

Last year’s festival was a great success with over £10,000 going to local, national and international charities and organisations.

And as in previous years, local companies have generously agreed to sponsor every barrel of beer, said organiser Keith Hofgartner.

He said: “We’ve turned that corner, so the money from every pint drunk will go to charity.”

Winslow Beer Festival, held at Winslow Public Hall

Winslow Beer Festival, held at Winslow Public Hall

And he thanked Leighton Buzzard-based company Bright Nails Ltd, which is prime sponsor of this year’s festival.

The Friday night runs from 7pm to 11pm.

The Saturday matinee session, which runs from 11am to 7pm, will hopefully include live BBC TV coverage of two RBS Six nation Rugby matches.

And during the Saturday evening session, from 7pm to 11pm, there will be live jazz and folk music by the local J.B. Band.

Entry is £5 per session, which includes a souvenir glass and programme with beer list. CAMRA members receive a free drink voucher on production of a valid membership card.

Each session requires a separate admission ticket, which must be purchased in advance from the Bell Hotel, on Market Square.

People wanting to attend both the Saturday matinee and the Saturday evening session can purchase a ‘follow-on’ ticket for £3 (no glass or programme included).

Find out more at www.winslowlions.org.uk