The village of Prestbury will move half a mile up the road for a special event this summer. All.
Not only will residents enjoy the Prestbury Festival on the village fields in July, but every shop, pub and shop lining the High Street and the Burgage will have a stall at the festival. It is organized by the parish council to celebrate the community as it emerges after two years of Covid-19 restrictions.
The £15,000 cost of the shindig will come from Prestbury’s share of £500,000 allocated to Gloucestershire by the government’s Market Towns Fund. The council made a successful bid for the money.
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Parish Councilor Hamish Breach is part of the team organizing the festival. He said: “We wanted to organize an event to promote local businesses but also to bring the community together again after two years of Covid restrictions. It’s a promotional tool, but it’s also designed to bring joy and happiness to everyone.”
Businesses in the village, from Waghorne Butchers at the top of the High Street, to Penny Blacks Bakery and Cafe and Badhams Pharmacy, from the King’s Arms to the Royal Oak and even the Beehive in Bouncers Lane will all be invited to have stalls at the festival in the playgrounds. There will of course be alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments.
There will be plenty to see and do, and plenty of entertainment. Mr Breach said: ‘St Mary’s Schools will present Prestbury’s Got Talent in the daytime and then in the evening we will have Mark Walby’s new band – he was one of the always popular Chip Shop Boys.
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“There will be things for youngsters, bouncy castles and games and the Prestbury Phantoms and Leckhampton Rovers football teams will organize games for children. Cheltenham Town will come and help. We will have a fun dog show where people can enter their pets. It will be things like the category of the most agitated tail.
“One thing we deliberately plan is for the festival to continue in the evening, so some people will come during the day. And then there will also be things in the evening.
“We are preparing a commemorative booklet of the day; we will distribute it to all homes in Prestbury. We think it will be a great day. And something that will really bring people together and strengthen the community.”
The festival will take place at Prestbury Playing Fields on July 9. Prestbury Parish Council says it expects up to 5,000 people to attend.
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