Following the great success of our 20th year anniversary in 2016, we were pleased to give out a number of grants to: The Blackdown Hills Music Group for new instruments and maintenance Churchinford Pre-School for new instruments and training Buckland St Mary Primary School for a new piano Churchstanton School out of hours club for Ukulele Lessons Churchinford Pre School for Born to Move Classes Churchstanton School for the continued support of funding for the music teacher Uppottery Primary School for help with the funding of their music teacher. We thank everyone who came to the festival for your continued support, without which we could not continue to run and raise funds for these invaluable grants.
The Blackdown Hills Beer & Music Festival was originally set up in 1996 by a group of parents who, faced with the news that the primary school was no longer being given government funding for the music teacher, decided to raise the money themselves, to continue the musical education of their children at the school. Since then, we have continued to provide Churchstanton School with funding for the music teacher and other musical educational projects. We are proud to say that it is because of the festival and your continued support of the festival, that the school is able to continue giving music lessons to the children. https://slp5.somerset.org.uk/webs/churchstanton/SitePages/Home.aspx
The Music Group is very grateful to the Blackdown Hills Beer & Music Festival, a fantastic annual event which raised money to support music making activities in the Blackdown Hills. The Festival has made very generous grants to the Music Group. This year the Beer Festival helped us buy a new pair of guitar steel pans + stands & cases, paid for tuning & maintenance of the rest of the pans & replacement Samba drums. The Blackdown Hills Music Group was formed in 1999 with a grant from the Beer Fest to purchase a set of steel drums. The new steel band proved very popular with 2 adult groups & 3 for children. A couple of years later another Beer Fest grant enabled the purchase of Samba drums and the samba band was formed. Both these bands have gone from strength
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