Stonesfield is a thriving and vibrant village in West Oxfordshire, where back in 2013 a group of enthusiastic residents decided to put on a music and beer festival, to be known as Septembeerfest. Since then the festival has happened every other year, in September (what a surprise) and has gone from strength to strength. The last festival in 2016 was attended by over 1,000 people who came to sample the wide variety of craft beer and cider, and to enjoy listening to the eclectic mix of the 12 plus bands who raised the rafters in the music tent. If beer was not your tipple there was also a champagne tent or the offer of a good old cuppa in the tea tent, as well as activity sessions for the children.
The festival is a great fun event which aims to bring people together, both from the village and surrounding area, build community spirit and most importantly to raise money for charity. In 2016 the event raised over £17,000, with the majority of the money going to Back-up, who support people after spinal cord injury and the John Radcliffe children’s physiotherapy wards. Previous charities have included Special Effect, who use technology and video games to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. There have also been donations to village organisations such as the Scout group and football team.
Why do we need your support
We are now hoping to organise Septembeerfest 2018, which will be held on Saturday 22 September 2018.
Many people freely give their time and effort to support Septembeerfest, but in order to put it on we have to raise funds via sponsorship in the region of £10,000 to cover necessities such as the marquees, lighting and staging. We are very grateful to the people and businesses who have already offered to sponsor us, but in the absence of a main sponsor this year, we still need to raise £5,000.
What we will do with the money
We would be very grateful for any donation, however small, which will go directly towards the many set-up costs. In turn, the profit from the festival will go to charity with the main recipients being Dogs for Good, who provide assistance dogs to people with physical disabilities and children with autism, and dementia charities. If, for any reason the festival cannot go ahead, any money raised will be donated directly to the charities.