Last Saturday (16th July) saw the 23rd Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales, which is more affectionately known as Hooky Beer Fest.
Large crowds turned up to enjoy the 100 + real ales in the full beer tent as well as ciders, wine and Pimms. Live music entertained the large crowds including a set by ‘No Tools Required’.
A large group also enjoyed the onsite camping to really embrace the festival atmosphere.
This well supported charity event has raised in excess of £268,000 (over the previous 22 years) for national and local charities with the help of the Hook Norton Brewery and generosity of many brewers from all parts of the UK who donate the beer free of charge.
The principal Charity is Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) which receives around half of what was raised. The money goes directly to support long term research work at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
The other half of monies raised is divided among the many worthy causes serving the village and the local area that provide much needed services to vulnerable and needy sections of our society.
Next year’s Beer Festival is on 15th July 2017.