Sweltering temperatures last weekend brought thousands of people to Middlewich for the Folk & Boat Festival. John & Jackie opened their garden to all so that funds could be raised for charity during the event. The core of the weekend was an entertainment line up with a number of well known faces from the accordion world, all of which donated their services for free.
Visual highlights of the weekend included The ‘Manchester Morris Men’, The Weaver Vally Accordion Orchestra and traffic stopping dancing from our own Debby on Sunday afternoon. The whole show was organised by John who also played a number of music sets. Jackie kept the Tea Garden running ensuring that refreshments were available and everything from cakes to pastries (all homemade) and hot and cold drinks were in constant supply.
Whilst this was going on a team of helpers (mainly family members) spent time shaking buckets to raise funds for the Winstons Wish charity. The previous two years totals were beaten and a stunning total of just under £600 was collected for this fabulous cause.
It didn’t stop there though as we were given space to run our own stall during the event. Our own group was supported by some of our council members and their children. Janet Malloy and her mother ran the stall for four hours and was relieved by Robyn, Phil, Daniel and Meghan on Saturday. Michelle, Ange and their children helped out with a session on Sunday with Debby taking over until late in the afternoon. We could have done with a lot more help but even so with the help of those that stepped in, we raised a fabulous £112.33. This means our group is now able to repay some of the start up expenses it has incurred and we have a little over for the everyday running costs of stamps and stationary etc that we use.
We need to send a special thank you to all who supported us including those that donated prizes for our Grand Raffle. Tesco, Morrisons, Kings Lock Chip Shop, Booths (Knutsford), The Lynton Clinic, Jennie Edwards Curtains Specialists were just a few of the donators. Prizes for the raffle, Name the Teddy and Treasure Island were drawn and given out on Sunday afternoon. Winners not in attendance were notified by phone with just four prizes not yet having been claimed.