Raising a Glass for Local Charities

  |  Published: Mar 24th 2014
Lesley Butcher of ACCF presenting Robert Breakwell, Chief Executive of Chilterns MS Centre, with a cheque

The Aston Clinton Beer Festival, now in its third year, not only provides the opportunity to try a range of ales and ciders produced by local brewers, but also a weekend of free entertainment for all the family at the village park. On top of that, the festival supports local charities and, since its first event in 2012, has raised over £10,000 for good causes in Aston Clinton and the surrounding area. Last year, more than a thousand people came along and enjoyed the fun.

The week of 17 March 2014, Lesley Butcher, festival organiser and treasurer of the Aston Clinton Charitable Foundation, presented Robert Breakwell and Susan James of the Chilterns MS Society with a donation of £1000. "Every penny we make from the beer festival goes to local voluntary organisations and charities." explained Lesley. "Among others, we've made donations to the Aston Clinton School, the village Luncheon Club, an under 7’s football team and the local Scouts. Our aim is to help local people make a valuable contribution to local life. The MS Society provides important services and advice to people with multiple sclerosis, as well as to their families and carers. Everyone involved in our festival is keen to support the fantastic work they do in any way we can."

This year's charity beer festival, known as ACBF3, will be on the weekend of 11-13 July 2014 at the Aston Clinton Park, with the kind support of the Hub and local drinks supplier, Dayla, along with many other local businesses and organisations. With a range of 36 real ales, 6 ciders and perrys, and a full programme of entertainment on Comedy Friday, Rock Saturday and Retro Sunday, the event promises to be their biggest yet. And this year, admission to the festival is completely free. "We just want people to come along and enjoy the festival atmosphere," said fellow organiser and beer connoisseur Dave Culliton. "What could be better than chilling out over a bright summer weekend and raising a glass, or three, to local charities?"

Read more about the ACBF3 at facebook.com/AstonClintonBeerFestival

Read more about the Chilterns MS Society at: www.chilternsmscentre.org

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