Scarthingwell Festival success

Linda Barker starts the fun run for Scarthingwell Festival. (S)
Linda Barker starts the fun run for Scarthingwell Festival. (S)

The wet weather certainly did not dampen the spirits of all those who attended last weekend’s Scarthingwell Festival, especially as for the most part the event was held under canvas.

A giant big top erected in the grounds of Barchester Healthcare’s Highfield Care Home at Scarthingwell became home for the entertainment throughout the weekend and the atmosphere inside was warm and welcoming.

Cheers! - Drinking to the success of Scarthingwell Festival - from left to right Richard Sweeting, Organiser and Activities Co-ordinator for Highfield Care Home, Holly Bainbridge (General Manager for Highfield Care Home) and volunteers Mark Lonsdale and Robyn Wilson - Photo by Wendy Binns

Cheers! - Drinking to the success of Scarthingwell Festival - from left to right Richard Sweeting, Organiser and Activities Co-ordinator for Highfield Care Home, Holly Bainbridge (General Manager for Highfield Care Home) and volunteers Mark Lonsdale and Robyn Wilson - Photo by Wendy Binns

Those taking part included singer Jo Pears, Now And Then (Steve Hastings, Malcolm Forsythe and Martyn Webster), Tadcaster Grammar School’s Big Band and The Golden Rail Band.

“The 700 people who came to support the event over the weekend certainly did not let the weather put them off,” said organiser and Activities Co-ordinator for Highfield Richard Sweeting.

“The three days starting with The Festive High Tea on Friday, the Party in the Park on the Saturday with everyone bringing picnics, to the Fun Run on the Sunday; it was all a resounding success,” he said.

“I am so grateful to everyone who took part in Scarthingwell Festival, to MP Nigel Adams for coming to officially open the event, to Lord Richard Best, to Linda Barker for starting the Fun Run, to district councillors, the Fire Brigade, all those who entertained, stallholders, artists, the staff at Highfield, Tadcaster and Villages Community Partnership Board and Wigan Leisure Trust for their backing and everyone behind the scenes.

Tadcaster Grammar School's Big Band delighted their audience with a selection of classics at the Scarthingwell Festival - Photo by Wendy Binns

Tadcaster Grammar School's Big Band delighted their audience with a selection of classics at the Scarthingwell Festival - Photo by Wendy Binns

“Without them I could not have made this happen and raised more than £500 for Dementia UK, Parkinsons Disease, MS and York Hospital’s Star Appeal.

“But most of all Scarthingwell Festival brought the 
community together and that has made me very happy,” he added.