A good time was had by all at the CAMRA Mayfest beer festival in Halifax â€“ and the benevolent bar brought another Â£409.20 into the Fox Friends coffers.
Real ale fans supported our guest bar at the festival in Square Chapel and we sold four barrels of beer donated by the Rossendale Brewery in Haslingden, the Cuerden and Bridestones breweries in Blackshaw Head and Bridgehouse brewery, Oxenhope. People were keen to sample all the beers and got a rare chance to try the Margery’s Tiddlywink in a venue outside Hebden Bridge, as it is brewed exclusively by Rossendale for the Fox and Goose.
Lots of pub regulars turned up to support the cause and some travelled to Halifax on a “beer bus beano” aboard a minibus from Chapel’s Taxis of Hebden Bridge. All the proceeds will go towards the professional fees associated with buying the pub.
As well as raising money to help us save the Fox and Goose, it gave the steering group chance to meet real ale lovers from all over the local area and hear their views and to give them a taste of the sort of quality beers they can get at the Fox and Goose each week.
Steering group Chairman Councillor Dave Young said: “After all the hard work preparing for the festival the Fox Friends had a great time helping to empty the barrels â€“ as they say ‘it’s a tough job, but someone had to do it’.”
The Mayfest proceeds take the Fox Friends funds to Â£2,266.20 â€“ which means we can afford to pay the surveyor and have a start towards the other fees that are likely to arise in the very near future.
The prize draw will take place shortly to thank everyone who made such generous donations.