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BROUGHTONGifford’sBell on the Common raised over £1,300 for charity at its first ever ‘Fest-i-Bell’ earlier this month.

The first weekend of September saw the pub hold its first ever ale, cider and music festival, and the organisers raised a total of £1,365 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Dorothy House.

The event was organised by the pub’s landlords, Dougie Campbell and Trish MacGregor.

Dougie said, “Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us despite the horrendous weather! Both the inside acoustic stage run by Adrian and Hazel of www.  takingnote.org, and the outside stage supplied by Melksham Scaffolding ran extremely smoothly.

“During the weekend Church Farm ran amazing hog roasts and many local people and businesses pulled together to donate some fantastic raffle prizes including a hot air balloon trip over Bath and golfing vouchers.

“All the bands donated their time in aid of the charities, some travelling from as far as 150 miles away. Sunday’s better weather helped to bolster the fundraising efforts from  the raffle, bucket donations, sale of souvenir pint beakers, and fees donated by the sound companies.

“Osmosis Productions put a huge effort into making the entire event seem like a mini Glastonbury with their sound and light show! We managed to raise a whopping £1,365.68; not a bad effort for our first major charity event!”

Trish said, “I’m so pleased that everyone came out and supported this. Both Dougie and I have had our families affected by cancer recently  and we really wanted this to go well. I say roll on the next one!

“£682.84 will be donated to both Dorothy House and MacMillan Cancer Support. Thank you so much for everyone’s generosity.”

Already planning their next one, Dougie and Trish have decided to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance at Ye Olde Fest-i-Bell on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April next year.

To get involved with the event as a volunteer or a musician, contact The Bell on 01225 782309.