Music festival Macfest provides £6,500 boost for cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 10:51 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:56 12 July 2017

Jimmy C & The Blues Dragons take to the stage at Macfest. Picture: Luke Duffell

Jimmy C & The Blues Dragons take to the stage at Macfest. Picture: Luke Duffell

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A music festival organised by the owner of a village store over the weekend raised more than £6,500 to help cancer sufferers.

The organising committee of Macfest (from L-R) Joan Shelley, Janet Wright, Josie Chamberlin, Sally Ferguson, and Jackie Boakes. Picture: Luke DuffellThe organising committee of Macfest (from L-R) Joan Shelley, Janet Wright, Josie Chamberlin, Sally Ferguson, and Jackie Boakes. Picture: Luke Duffell

The event at The Robin Hood and Little John pub in Rabley Heath, known as Macfest, was organised by a committee chaired by Josie Chamberlin, owner of Costcutter in Codicote.

Josie, who has organised two previous festivals in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: ““Each year Macfest gets bigger and better, and the fundraising total is following that trend, too.

“We’d like to say thank you to all our supporters and to The Robin Hood and Little John for enabling us to hold it there, and of course, to all the bands involved.

Ella Rowley (third from right) is the Landlady of the Robin Hood and Little John pub, and this is the second year of supporting Macfest. Picture: Luke DuffellElla Rowley (third from right) is the Landlady of the Robin Hood and Little John pub, and this is the second year of supporting Macfest. Picture: Luke Duffell

“Macfest has raised over £15,500 to date, which is something we’re all really proud off.

“Here’s to next year!”

The festival showcased local musical talent including Allergy, The Dirty Half Hundred and Swanvesta Social Club, supplemented by children’s activities such as a bouncy castle.

On stage with Jimmy C & The Blues Dragons. Picture: Luke DuffellOn stage with Jimmy C & The Blues Dragons. Picture: Luke Duffell

Georgia Clark (far right), Fundraising Manager for Herts, with a number of the volunteers that helped make the day happen. Picture: Luke DuffellGeorgia Clark (far right), Fundraising Manager for Herts, with a number of the volunteers that helped make the day happen. Picture: Luke Duffell

Children enjoying the bouncy castle, one of the many activities to keep them entertained and help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Luke DuffellChildren enjoying the bouncy castle, one of the many activities to keep them entertained and help raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Picture: Luke Duffell

The weather was glorious as families enjoyed everything the festival had to offer. Picture: Luke DuffellThe weather was glorious as families enjoyed everything the festival had to offer. Picture: Luke Duffell

Macfest was held in the grounds of the Robin Hood and Little John pub. Picture: Luke DuffellMacfest was held in the grounds of the Robin Hood and Little John pub. Picture: Luke Duffell

Macfest catered to all ages as they raised money to support Macmillan. Picture: Luke DuffellMacfest catered to all ages as they raised money to support Macmillan. Picture: Luke Duffell

This is the second year that Macfest has been held at the Robin Hood and Little John pub. Picture: Luke DuffellThis is the second year that Macfest has been held at the Robin Hood and Little John pub. Picture: Luke Duffell

Donna Lee from Macmillan addressed the crowd to thank them for supporting the event. Picture: Luke DuffellDonna Lee from Macmillan addressed the crowd to thank them for supporting the event. Picture: Luke Duffell

The crowd was entertained by live music performances throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Picture: Luke DuffellThe crowd was entertained by live music performances throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Picture: Luke Duffell

Jimmy C, front man of Jimmy C & The Blues Dragons. Picture: Luke DuffellJimmy C, front man of Jimmy C & The Blues Dragons. Picture: Luke Duffell

Matt enjoying the festival with daughters Yasmin and Zara. Picture: Luke DuffellMatt enjoying the festival with daughters Yasmin and Zara. Picture: Luke Duffell

As well as live music there was plenty to do, including arts and crafts for the children. Picture: Luke DuffellAs well as live music there was plenty to do, including arts and crafts for the children. Picture: Luke Duffell

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