Preparations under way for Steeple Claydon music festival

Jo Sadler-Baughan with Phoenixbury organisers and children from Steeple Claydon School.'110622M-F387
Jo Sadler-Baughan with Phoenixbury organisers and children from Steeple Claydon School.'110622M-F387
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STEEPLE Claydon’s annual big live music weekend is next weekend, and organiser Jo Sadler-Baughan is busy with her helpers getting ready for the three-day event.

Phoenixbury begins from 6pm to 11pm on Friday, July 1.

It continues from noon to 11pm on Saturday, July 2, and 2pm to 8pm on Sunday, July 3.

The event’s founder, Jo, is landlady of the Prince Of Wales pub in the village and used also to be landlady of The Phoenix, where the music festival is taking place.

A total of 16 to 18 bands are playing free of charge at the festival, including bands from Steeple Claydon School and The Buckingham School.

Local bands include Duke Of Marmalade, Acoustic Journey, The OmniVibes, The Iconics and 50ft Woman.

On Sunday, local band Paradise On Fire will be playing a tribute to former band member Stephen Hemsley, who sadly died in a motorbike accident this month.

There will be lots of family entertainment over the weekend, including face-painting and a pig roast.

The event will be raising money for library books for Steeple Claydon School and Middle Claydon charity The Puzzle Centre, so there will be a voluntary contribution of £2.50 per day or £5 for the weekend – children £1 for the weekend.

Jo said: “I’d like to thank Clayton Vaughan of Pure Scaffolding for donating the stage.”