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Calverley vicar blesses beer at church beer festival

Fancy a pint in Calverley? Saturday 8 October 2022 sees the first-ever beer festival at St Wilfrid’s Parish Church, writes John Corbin.

“We always want to be a place of joy and connection at the heart of the community,” said the Reverend Rob Denton, Vicar of Calverley.

“What better way than hosting a beer festival? After all, Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as saying that “Beer Is Proof That God Loves Us And Wants Us To Be Happy.”

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“This will be a celebration of local craftmanship and local community; all our beers have been locally brewed, and all our sponsors are local business or individuals.

“It’s a chance for people to gather for a moment of joy among our ancient stones and connect with each other.”

Fifteen real ales from local craft breweries will be on sale, including a special St. Wilfrid’s’ Ale brewed just for this event. The Vicar will bless the ales at the start.

Prosecco will be available, as well as a range of soft and non-alcoholic drinks, and selection of foods will also be available to purchase.

The event is also hoping to raise funds for the church. Like many today, rising overhead costs are starting to hit the church hard, with running costs currently at £10,000 a month. This all has to be met by the church to stay open and running for the benefit of the whole community.

The event starts at 11am till 10pm, admission is by tickets priced at £10 in advance, which includes four half-pint tokens plus a festival glass.

Tickets can be obtained here.

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