West Leeds: Beer festival to make money for church repairs

Derek Glover pulls pints at the Horsforth Beer Festival.
Derek Glover pulls pints at the Horsforth Beer Festival.
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Punters will pull up a pew and sup pints to help repair one of the most iconic features on Horsforth’s skyline.

Hundreds of beer and cider lovers will help raise thousands of pounds to repair the striking tower at St Margaret’s Church at this year’s Horsforth Beer and Cider Festival.

Organisers are hoping that the cash raised from the festival at St Margaret’s Hall will go towards smashing their £60,000 target to fund the repairs.

They are hoping to use the money to pay for upgrades to the church’s dated heating system to help keep parishioners warm.

The Rev Canon Rosemarie Hayes told the YEP: “The church certainly stands out. It tends to feature on any Horsforth calendar.

“But it is just wear and tear on a Victorian building especially when the rain gets in and expands and contracts on the stone work.

“The beer festival is two-fold and is so helpful for our finances but it is a community event.

“It is outreach from the church to the community and has such a wonderful atmosphere.”

Fundraisers have managed to raise around £25,000 towards their total but they are hoping the festival will help to push them over the half way point.

Over 60 draught beers and 20 draught ciders will be on tap today and tomorrow (March 2 and March 3) from noon till closing for the fourth annual Horsforth Beer and Cider Festival.

The festival, which started four years ago, helped to raise thousands of pounds for the St Margaret’s Church Building the Future appeal which funded a new eco-friendly £400,000 community centre.

The Rev Hayes added: “Every penny helps and we really need everyone to rally around and support as much as possible.”

Admission is £5, which includes a festival glass, programme, tasting notes and a voucher for a drink.

Visit www.horsforthbeerfestival.co.uk

Paula Dillon, President of Leeds Chamber Commerce.

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