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Coptoberfest reaches £27,000 for charity and good causes

Friday, 8 December 2023 06:00

By Chantele Hodson

Coptoberfest, the annual charity beer festival held in Copmanthorpe, is pleased to announce that 2023 was the most successful year to date.

It raised over £7,000 profit on the weekend and making the total amount raised to over £27,000 to date.

All money raised by the event goes directly to local charities and voluntary groups which this year included St. Leonard’s Hospice, Copmanthorpe Wombles, Copmanthorpe Badminton Club as well as Brownies, Rainbows, Rangers and Explorers groups.

The event committee (made up of Rev. Geoff Mumford, Andy Herrington (Ainsty Ales), marketing consultant Andrew Stark, podiatrist Lucy Taylor and Engagement and Inclusion Manager Sarah True) recognised the achievement of the event and the massive contribution made the teams of volunteers and sponsors which really added to the community spirit.

Held in St. Giles’ Church in the village, the event reached a maximum capacity at times and, towards the end of the final night, came close to running dry were it not for contingency plans.

Coptoberfest is held over two days and includes live music ranging from Copmanthorpe Community Choir through to local bands who encourage dancing and singalongs. An ever-popular gin and fizz bar was this year organised by Fairfax Distillery (aka ‘The Sun Inn’ Colton) which also gave alcohol-free ‘mocktails’ as options to visitors, as well as local rum and vodka which nicely complimented the 28 beers and lagers on offer.

Andrew Stark, Committee Member and owner of &Stark Marketing said; “We’re not the largest beer festival in the area, but we do put on a great community event. It was fantastic to see how many people came to see us and have a really good time. I think we got the  balance of number of drink options just about right, which is evident in how many empty casks we counted on Sunday.”

Sarah True, Committee Member and Engagement and Inclusion Manager added; “It takes some work to put on Coptoberfest and I can’t thank the volunteers enough. From helping us set up and then serve all the food and drinks – then tidy up on Sunday morning, everyone who helped has been amazing. A true example of a community working together for good causes.”

In 2024 Coptoberfest will celebrate it’s 10th event and already has plans to ‘make it a year to remember’. Dates for your diary are 11th and 12th October.

Coptoberfest Website; https://coptoberfest.co.uk/

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