Broads Music Festival raises money for historic Stokesby hall

The UK Beach Boys performing at Broads Music Festival, Filby. Photo: Steve Adams The UK Beach Boys performing at Broads Music Festival, Filby. Photo: Steve Adams

Sunday, August 24, 2014
8:56 AM

Live music and a few pints of ale have been helping Norfolk villagers raise money to save their community centre.

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The UK Beach Boys performing at Broads Music Festival, Filby. Photo: Steve AdamsThe UK Beach Boys performing at Broads Music Festival, Filby. Photo: Steve Adams

Broads Music Festival, held on Filby playing field yesterday, was organised by locals campaigning to repair Stokesby’s 130-year-old village hall. The decades have taken their toll on the historic community hub - home to dozens of groups from the parish council to the young farmers, but determined villagers have set their sights on raising £35,000 to repair the wooden floor and original roof, to overhaul the kitchen and ensure the building stands for another 130 years.

Residents have already managed to secure £10,000 from the Big Lottery Awards For All scheme, £5,000 from the Foyle Foundation and £4,000 from the Geoffrey Watling charity. And they have raised £7,000 themselves through fetes, table top sales, music nights and other fundraisers.

This weekend’s mini music festival in neighbouring Filby, which featured bands including the UK Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones Now, food stalls and a beer tent, was their latest event.

For more information on donating to the Stokesby Village Hall Roof Fund and Filby New Hall Fund, call Dave on 07810 866862.

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