This year the modern Shelford Feast celebrated its 20th anniversary of providing entertainment to the village and raising money for local groups and causes.
Village feasts are a long standing English tradition and the Shelford Feast dates back to Medieval times. It is held annually around the feast day of St Mary the Virgin, the saint of the Parish Church, in July. The Feast died out just before the Second World War and lay dormant for over 50 years but was resurrected in 1994 and since then has expanded from a small village barbeque to a week-long festival of entertainment and enjoyment.
2014’s Feast was the most successful yet, raising over £26,000, and the money was distributed to the various local causes at a presentation evening at the village Memorial Hall this weekend. As TuckerGardner have been the main sponsor of the event from the beginning, I was invited to hand out some of the cheques.
The focus of the distribution has always been on local groups, with a particular emphasis on younger and older people and this year’s main recipients were:
Great and Little Shelford School
The Mobile Warden Scheme
Rainbow Pre-School and Wacky Club
The Parish Council
SSYI Youth Club
Other beneficiaries included:
Acacia Court Residents, Beavers, Bowls, Brownies, CAMMS Meals on Wheels, Cangaroos, Carpet Bowls Club, Chestnut Club, Cricket, Cubs, Different Strokes, Football Club, Friends of St Mary’s Church, Friends of the Library, Friendship Club, Guides, Junior Badminton, Parkinsons, Rugby, Scout & Guide HQ, Scouts, Shelford Twinning, Stapleford Twinning, Strikers, Sunnyside playgroup, SURFF United, Winter Comfort, Women’s Institute, Orchard House, Pantomime, Community Association, Magpas.