Redbrook Village Trust
22 November 2013
Festival proceeds spent on improving local village life.
Proceeds raised through this year’s Live on The Wye music festival in Redbrook are already being spent on a number of important local causes.
The festival took place in June and was sponsored by the Monmouthshire Beacon. It generated £5000 for the Redbrook Village Trust.
Of this, £2000 has been allocated towards the AONB’s bid to restore the Redbrook and Penallt Railway Bridge – an iconic symbol of the Wye Valley’s 600-year metal working history and a lifeline for the local villages. The bridge maintains an important trade and tourism route, joining the two countries and sustaining one community. The money has been pledged to strengthen the AONB’s application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Andrew Nixon, [Title, AONB], said: “It’s fantastic news that Redbrook Village Trust have put forward this commitment, demonstrating to the Heritage Lottery Fund how much the bridge is valued and forming a strong foundation for further fundraising efforts.”
Festival proceeds have also funded the Redbrook Angling Club’s popular annual taster fishing event for youngsters – paying for equipment, professional tuition, licences and bait.
Ian Childs organised the angling taster session and said: “We had a great take-up from 25 youngsters who all succeeded in catching fish and learning more about angling as an active outdoor hobby. It also teaches them about the local environment, watercraft and water safety. It was a great success.”
Additionally, the money has covered costs for Redbrook School’s parents’ fundraising trip to Bath - meaning more of the money raised will be invested in school facilities - and has contributed to the maintenance of the village’s playground and green spaces.
Next year’s Live on the Wye music festival takes place on 7 June and organisers say they are planning even more live bands and entertainment. For information or to apply to take part in the festival, visit www.liveonthewye.co.uk