Countdown for popular village festival begins
Published on: 05 May 2014
PREPARATIONS are hotting up for this year’s Mangotsfield Village Festival.
Now in its 22nd year, the event at Cleve Rugby Club in Cossham Street is one of the highlights of the local calendar.
This year’s festival takes place on Saturday June 14 from 11am and promises an action-packed afternoon and evening for all the family.
A parade will leave the village green in Mangotsfield (opposite the Lamb pub) at 10.30am after the new King and Queen have been crowned.
The aim of the festival is to stage a fun event for all ages. Local musicians and dancers have an opportunity to showcase their talent and there is a chance for local community groups to promote their organisation or raise funds.
The event will also feature a craft marquee with exhibits and more than 50 stalls.
Entertainment will include a children’s playbus, fairground rides, climbing wall, Bristol Morris men, maypole dancing performed by local schools, Del boy, RedX Dance, graffiti artist, woodcarving, Phoenix Allstars, Winterbourne Down morris group, Dinky Divas, Disco Divas, Tribal Fantasy belly dancers, racing cars and a barrel organ.
There will also be live music on the stage all day which will include Bristol Ukulele Jam, The Wires, DJ Buzzy and Kick the Cat.
And it will be full steam ahead for Chuff Chuff the train who will be taking visitors around the festival.
Festival goers will be able to watch England’s opening World Cup game in the bar after the firework display at 10pm.
Due to rising costs organisers have had to introduce a £1 admission charge for adults this year (accompanied children are free). There is car parking available at Pomphrey Hill and Mangotsfield Football Club.
The event is run by a committee of volunteers who would love to recruit more helpers.
If you have any suggestions for the festival or would like to join the committee please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 07765201435.
For further information, to find out about booking a stall or how to exhibit your work in the hobbies tent, visit www.mangotsfieldfestival.co.uk.
Event offers grants up to £500 for local groups or charities
THE Mangotsfield festival committee has agreed to give up to £500 to local groups or charities to support a project or piece of work. The group/charity must be based in Mangotsfield or Emersons Green and the project should be beneficial to the community. The award is not open to political organisations or individuals. Applications must not exceed £500. To find out more visit www.mangotsfieldfestival.co.uk, where you can also download an application form.
Last year, cheques went to Mangotsfield Juniors FC, St James Church and Emersons Green Scouts.