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Fifth Bloxfest is the best fest yet

The fifth annual Bloxfest in Bloxham village. Pictured here: Peter Spittles and Lisa Roques from Thirst Aid. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141005-183254009

The fifth annual Bloxfest in Bloxham village. Pictured here: Peter Spittles and Lisa Roques from Thirst Aid. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-141005-183254009

The rain held off for crowds who turned out in Bloxham on Saturday for the fifth annual Bloxfest.

With five stages, three headline bands, a host of food, charity stalls and activities, it was the biggest Bloxfest yet.

Bloxfest secretary Sian Phillips, who organised the first festival five years ago inspired by the carnivals in her native Welsh village of Aberaeron, said she was delighted with this year’s event.

“Bloxham is a big village and it’s got all these new buildings going up, bringing more and more people in,” she said.

“We decided to put on this event just to bring people in to the village centre. It helps to bring people together and unify everything.”

A major feature of this year’s event was the decision to lease land at the Red Lion pub –currently the subject of a community purchase bid – to set up a stage and food stall in its garden.

The 20-strong Bloxfest committee raises almost £11,000 each year to host the event through fundraising including the monthly festival raffle. Ms Phillips is now appealing for more volunteers, sponsors and supporters to come forward so the festival can continue to grow. To help visit www.bloxfest.org.uk

 

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