Mangotsfield Festival – 25 years and going strong

Published on: 02 May 2017

Mangotsfield Festival has grown beyond recognition since it started 25 years ago. This year’s festival - on Saturday June 10 at Cleve Rugby Club - promises to be better than ever as organisers get preparations underway to celebrate its special anniversary

 

I WONDER if the people who organised the very first festival in 1992 imagined it would grow from its small “village green” beginnings to an event that attracts upwards of 5,000 people over the day. 

It is a regular fixture on the local calendar and continues to provide a focal point for the local community to come together by providing an opportunity for the people to showcase their talents through a varied entertainment programme and for local voluntary groups to raise money. 

It will start with a parade through the village followed by the formal opening. There will be lots of stalls, music song and dance in the arena, a dog show, lots of activities for all ages - some traditional, some newer - and it all finishes with live music on the main stage. All in all a great day out.

The festival meets two of South Gloucester-shire Council’s strategic values: 

“People - to have healthy communities that are leading a healthy lifestyle” and 

“Places - to have a voluntary and community sector which contributes to local communities by stimulating the sector and strengthening resilience and robustness”

Did you know that the Festival also awards grants to local voluntary organisations to support their work in the community? In 2016, we have helped fund the Mangotsfield village defibrillator and made awards to four local groups, The Kingswood Bus Project, Mini Mangos, St James Church Hall and Stanbridge Fliers. 

The Festival is run by a small dedicated team of volunteers and we are always looking for additional helpers, either to get involved in the organisation and planning throughout the year or on the day itself. If you are interested then please  get in touch via email to committee@mangotsfieldfestival.co.uk

To mark our 25th anniversary we are hoping to have a re-union of all the festival Kings and Queens and it’s interesting to reflect that the first King and Queen are now in their mid thirties and may have King/Queen-aged children of their own. If you are a previous King or Queen and would like to come along to the Festival as an honoured guest then please get in touch via email to committee@mangotsfieldfestival.co.uk, we’d love to see you.

To find out more about Mangotsfield Festival visit http://www.mangotsfieldfestival.co.uk/

Chris Amos

Mangotsfield Festival

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