Pub music festival makes a welcome return

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The organiser of an inaugural festival which raised more than £3,000 for two charities has vowed to beat that total at this year’s event.

ShoulderFest took place for the first time last year when live music and craft stalls filled the Shoulder Of Mutton pub in Little Horwood for cancer charity Multiple Myeloma and Guys Hospital Transplant Research Fund.

Its second festival this year will be held to raise money for Asthma UK and Action Medical Research for Children.

And organiser Ron Buckler said he could not turn down the chance to help the charities.

He said: “After last year, I thought that was it, a one off, but I found myself being approached to repeat the event and after I spoke with the two young ladies who made the request, I could not refuse.”

Mr Buckler was asked by fellow village residents Tara Garrett and Sarah Roche who both have personal connections with the chosen charities.

“Sarah lost her sister to asthma,” Mr Buckler said.

“And now she runs in sponsored marathons for the charity and raises money through events all over the country. Some of those events are very much like ShoulderFest, where a community get together and pool their resources to help.

“Action Medical Research for Children have people like Tara, who is soon trekking across Jordan to raise funds for the charity and she says ShoulderFest will be the beginning of that journey for her.”

Action Medical Research is a children’s charity which was founded in the 1950s.

Since then it has worked to fund research into disease and disability in babies and children.

Asthma UK provides services for the five million sufferers in the UK and work on research into the condition in an attempt to stop people dying from it.

Mr Buckler hopes the festival will be even bigger than last year’s event when more than 300 people came along to enjoy food, drinks, live music and sample the 10 craft stalls.

But this year, there are not just two new charities to contribute to, there are more stalls, more acts and a programme of events which includes a raffle ticket and can be bought for £2.

But the festival – like last year – is free and the acts include talented local musicians Rebel Yell, Palmerston, Scarecrow, The Fabulites, Vickie Amies and Jimmy Brewer.

The festival takes place on Sunday, August 24 at the Church Street pub from 2.30pm until late.

For more information contact Mr Buckler at