Donations this year exceed £17,000!

Beer Festival KnightWith this year’s beer festival approaching fast it is time to remind you why we do all this. Thanks to your hard effort (partying and drinking beer) we managed to donate  over £17,800 to good causes and local charities this year alone.  Recipients of donations this year included:

  • Brandles Close School
  • Baldock Hockey Club
  • Merry Go Round U5’s Nursery
  • 1st Baldock Scouts
  • 2nd Baldock Scouts
  • Lister Macmillan
  • Heathlands Sanctuary
  • Garden House Hospice
  • Letchworth Bravehearts Rugby Group
  • Letchworth Garden City Rugby (prizes)
  • Baldock Town Youth Football (prizes and hardship fund support)
  • Ashwell Primary School (books)
  • St Mary’s School (books)
  • Hartsfield School (books)
  • St John’s School (books)
  • Baldock Town Fireworks Display
  • Prostrate Cancer UK
  • Baldock Community Orchestra
  • Letchworth Food bank
  • Baldock Girl Guides
  • St Mary’s School (Hardship Fund)

We couldn’t have done this without the support of the general public attending the event, the volunteers who give up their time for free, and the many individuals, organisations and local business that help support us to put on this event. We couldn’t put on this event without your help so thank you.

Cheers

Stuart

Music updates

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We made a slight error in band name for Sunday. Members of JOANovARC will be appearing in a one-off collaboration with G and Nick Plews of  Krysthla called G, Plews and the Joans. Should be good! Don’t miss this one.

Cheers

Stu

Music confirmed for all 3 days

Beer Festival KnightWe have now finalised all the music for this years beer festival and you can find a list of bands on the music page.

Please remember we don’t charge entry to see these bands and they continue to support the beer festival each year with many bands volunteering to play for free.

We are excited to welcome bands playing here for the first time this year ( St Claire, Priceless, NOVA, Viana Bay, Dodobones, The streamline 55’s, Said the Maiden)  as well as some regulars and old favourites.

Friday sees the return of Our Friends Electric. On Saturday the SG’s will return to play songs from their latest album Rise Up and on Sunday we have JOANovARC back again in a special line up with Krysthla’s drummer Mick Plews.

On Sunday, we have the award-winning folk band, Said the Maiden playing early afternoon and we welcome back the spectacular Cambridge act, 4th Labyrinth and we bring the festival to a close with The Fifth Wheel and their unique set of rock n roll and banter.

We were overwhelmed again by the number of bands asking to play at this year’s festival and offer apologies to any bands that we couldn’t squeeze in this year. It is always humbling to have so many requests.

See you on the 4th May.

Cheers!

Stuart

 

Friday Music Line Up Confirmed

Beer Festival KnightFriday night’s music line up has been confirmed and we are excited to bring you three very different acts.  We will be adding a full music events page but here is the line up so far:

St Clair  7pm – 8pm

Local folk indie band St Clair make their debut at the beer the festival by kicking off the music line up for this year.

Priceless  8.30pm – 9.30pm

Another new band for the beer festival. Expect an eclectic mix of some well-known and some more unusual covers.

Our Friends Electric 10pm – 11pm

Back again for their third appearance. If you like electronic music from the 80’s then don’t miss this set.

We will be posting Sat and Sunday lineups as soon as we have confirmed the last few acts.

2018 Beer Festival Update

Beer Festival KnightThe beer festival committee is currently working hard preparing this year’s festival. We are currently finalising the line up for bands sorting out entertainment and food, and sourcing beer and foreign beer.  Please check back regularly for updates to the event.

Cheers!

Stuart

Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre Donation

The Lister Macmillan Cancer Centre (LMCC), which opened in 2014, is a purpose-built facility with 18 chairs allowing the delivery of chemotherapy and associated care to patients. The centre has two restful and soothing gardens for patients and their families, which have been designed to help improve response to treatment, as well as provide a welcome environment for accompanying family and friends. The centre also features private areas where people can discuss sensitive information about their diagnosis and treatment with clinical and nursing staff.

The Independent Baldock Beer Charitable Trust is pleased to be able to make a donation of £1050, raised from our charity raffle to the LMCC to provide further equipment for use within the centre to enhance care and to support patients and their families.

Donation of £600 to Support the Baldock Community Orchestra

The Baldock Independent Beer Festival donated £600 towards the room hire and provision of sheet music to help the Baldock Community Orchestra.

The Baldock Community Orchestra is a group of local people who enjoy music and who want to be part of an orchestra.  The orchestra is open to all and there is no worrying audition to join, an unusual arrangement for the majority of the orchestras in the area. Therefore it really does reflect the community of Baldock and is designed to encourage community participation in music and playing in local venues. We practise every week at the Knights Templar school and hold concerts in the summer and winter, and anytime in between if we are asked.

Our first rehearsal was on Thursday 10th September 2015, when 18 musicians met for the very first time.  The group is the result of determined recruiting by our musical director and conductor, Rachel Dawson, and a local professional cellist, Catherine Wilmers.  Between them, their drive and enthusiasm for community music rallied our musical members together and off we went!  We grew to 28 members in just 8 weeks, and the orchestra continues to develop.

We have a committee in place to help keep the orchestra growing and accessible to all-comers.

For further information, or if you are interested in joining the orchestra, please contact Bryony Hurley bryonyhurley@outlook.com

Singing Aloud Donation

Singing Aloud, the choir that performed on Sunday have donated their performance fee to the Garden House Hospice. We doubled it and so were able to gift £200 in total. Here’s a picture of Kate handing over the cheque before going on a massive spending spree at the Garden House Hospice shop!

Open at 12pm

Beer Festival KnightWe are open today at 12pm sharp. Lots for the kids to do today including:

  • Fancy Tats (Non-permanent tattoos)
  • Face painting
  • Baldock Town Football
  • Bouncy Castle

An awesome line up of bands kicking off at 1230pm with Daisy Keeble & 11th hour right through to Corruption on at 930pm. As always a selection of over 90 real ales plus ciders and foreign beers.

See you in a few hours!