Mangotsfield Festival celebrates 25 years

Published on: 23 Jun 2017

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MANGOTSFIELD Festival marked its 25th anniversary in style with a community event that drew more than 4,000 people.

Festivities were declared open by the mayor, Rich Nicholls, and the town crier Madeleine Bills, then crowds followed the  procession through the village to Cleve Rugby Club.

This year’s key attractions included woodcarvers, circus skills, morris dancers, and a dog show. While the Punch and Judy show and the graffiti artist were popular with both children and adults, the arena was buzzing with music and dance performances from local groups of children and young people.

In line with tradition, a new king and queen were chosen to perform royal duties. These were Toby and Mabel from Emersons Green Primary School, who were joined on the day by several former kings and queens and received a special memento. 

Chis Amos, a member of the festival committee, explained: “The overall impression of this year’s festival was that the atmosphere was far more relaxed and it had much more of a family feel to the event, in keeping with its original aims. This is a big positive for us and something we will strive to maintain going forward.”

Mangotsfield Festival has been held annually since 1992 and this year’s event on June 10 attracted 4,300 people. It provides opportunities for performers and for organisations to raise funds.

The festival organisers are yet to decide which local projects will be awarded grants. Chris said: “We are open for applications, we’ve had one so far and are keen to see more. We review applications in November and pay out in January. From the 2016 festival we made awards to The Mangotsfield Defibrillator, Stanbridge Flyers Running Group, St James Church Hall, the Mini Mangos and the Kingwood Bus Project.”

He added: “The festival belongs to Mangotsfield. The organising committee would love to know what the local community think of the festival, what worked well, what didn’t work well, what you would like to see at the festival, what would you change, anything else? Please let us know by emailing to yourviews@mangotsfieldfestival.co.uk.”

Mangotsfield Festival is organised and run by a small team of dedicated volunteers and is always looking for more people to get involved – whether that is being part of the committee planning and organising the event or helping out on the day itself. Anyone interested in offering their services should contact the team via email: committee@mangotsfieldfestival.co.uk

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