Winterfest 2022

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What a wonderful job the organising committee and a large band of volunteer helpers do in creating Winterfest, Haddenham's famous December beer festival. Each iteration seems to create a bigger and better fundraising event, and the latest Winterfest proved this yet again.

The days running up to Winterfest 2022 saw the erection of a massive marquee on the green at Church End — as the event was relocated from its former home in Banks Park to provide much more space for a more ambitious offering.

Organisers had taken great care to keep local residents well informed of the potential for disruption to normal movements across Church End in the run-up to Winterfest and on the day of the event itself, and the logistics semed to go without a hitch.

Although no formal figures have been announced at the time of writing, your editor would estimate an attendance of approximately 1,400 people — and so good to see such a wide spread of ages present too . The youngsters were well catered for with their own dedicated space — a family tent with craft activities for all ages. Not forgetting Santa in person with two of his elves helping out!

And teetotalers were also able to enjoy a wide choice of alcohol-free refreshments while engaging with the entertainment provided by live bands and Haddenham Mummers, plus a wide choice of 'streetfood' courtesy of AYStrEatMeet and the local Masons. Even the soccer fans were suitably catered for, as the Morocco versus Portugal world cup clash was broadcast live on a massive TV screen.

But serious beer aficionados were particularly well catered for, of course, with a vast range of real and craft ales and lagers waiting to be sampled. A variety of gins and ciders was also on offer.

Several local companies provided help and equipment as charitable donations to Winterfest. Special thanks are therefore due to:

Helpful Hirings
Ian Webb Engineering
Haddenham Garden Centre
Purple Frog

We will update you on the fundraising total once the figures are officially released — but in the meantime our collective thanks go to all those who contributed their time and energies as volunteers to make Winterfest 2022 such an outstanding success

Lots of photos to enjoy in our Galleries section (with thanks to Carol Mason and Gill Harvey for providing addional photographic support). Are you or is anyone you know featured amoung the images?! Take a look and see ...

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