Groups gain from Tockwith Festival

Tockwith groups have been awarded grants totalling £6,510 from the proceeds of last year’s village festival.

So far, this money has helped to buy tents for 1st Marston Moor Scout Group, an access ramp for Tockwith Church, a new storage shed for the Tockwith Players and also leaflets to raise awareness of the Goosemoor Nature Reserve.

The local Patient Practice Group at Springbank Surgery received a cheque to fund printing leaflets, while the local village hall will be using their award to develop the hall’s garden.

The local primary school have benefited too, receiving funds that enabled them to buy a clutch of iPads for the children while Tockwith Juniors U19’s Football Club, who successfully bridge the gap between the juniors and the adult team, were awarded funds for a new kit.

Tockwith Juniors team coach, Alan Purves, was delighted: “This money makes such a difference to us and helps us continue to provide sport to this often neglected age group. It’s really appreciated!”

Held each May, the Tockwith Festival charity event is growing in strength and helping many worthy local causes on its way.

The event was last year honoured with a Duke of York Community Award for its contribution to the village.

Originally conceived as a beer festival held in the village hall, it has grown year on year, now taking residence on Tockwith sports field where the series of marquees feature two music stages, tea rooms, a large beer tent, kids craft workshops and new for 2014, an acoustic stage.

There is even the opportunity for new local talent to participate through the Chance to Shine competition, won last year by local teenage singer-songwriter Jamie Corbett.

Trustee Arnold Warneken enthused: “This competition had a fantastic reception last year and anyone who would like to enter for 2014 can find details on our website although we will be announcing more details in the local press in the months to come.”

And Mr Warneken explained that as Tockwith Festival grows, organisers are looking to expand their support of local charities, looking further afield to other groups and charities in the area.

Applications can be made through the Festival’s website at:

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s festival which will take place on May 17 through the website.