MarshFest raises over £4,000 as hundreds revel in the sunshine

Family-friendly festival more than doubles last year’s total

More than £4,000 was raised for good causes at Marshfield’s MarshFest on 7th September, as 800 people flocked through the gates of the picturesque Cricket Club to enjoy live music, entertainment and delicious refreshments in the sun. The fundraising total was over double that raised in 2018, and means Marshfield Primary School and Marshfield Cricket Club will each receive £2,000.

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Hundreds of festival-goers enjoyed 10 live acts, including a memorable set from Noah and the Whale’s Matt Owens, and a packed programme of family entertainment, featuring Lucy Lost It, Balthazar the Bubble Man and Curly the Clown amongst others. Bath’s award-winning The Makery proved a popular attraction with its tie-dye workshop, as did the hay bale stack, Beat the Goalie and Chuffy the ride-on train.

Joining Matt Owens on stage were The Clones, Richard Friend, Haney’s Big House, Antalya and Eden. New acts this year were Falling Fish, Temple Keys and Train to Skaville, plus Box’s Mid Wife Crisis who stepped in at the last minute as a replacement act and gave a rousing finale including three encores!

There was an abundance of fresh local food and drinks on offer including Pizza Folk’s wood-fired pizzas, Clara Hand’s Handmade Mexican; coffee and cakes from The Birdbox; noodles; burgers and Marshfield Ice Cream, hailing from the village. The festival ran from 12pm until late.

“To be able to give £2,000 to each of our good causes is a fantastic feeling,” comments James Wood, one of MarshFest’s four organisers. “Marshfield has given us its true support and people also came from far and wide to enjoy the festival, as the sun shone all afternoon. The fact it was such a massive success is testament to the hard work of the committee but also the volunteers and crew who gave their time on the day, not to mention local farmers who donated hay and straw, Powerline who gave all power for the festival, MJ Church who helped with waste and recycling and Bath Spa University students. We owe them all a big, big thank you as we really couldn’t have done it without them.”

“As we’ve exceeded our fundraising target both the Cricket Club and Marshfield PTA have agreed we can donate an extra £300 to Warmley Park School and College, which is a nearby special educational needs school attended by some children from the village. We’re keen to keep MarshFest an accessible festival and we hope this will help make a difference to Warmley Park,” added Guy Lowin, a fellow organiser.

MarshFest was also supported by students from Bath Spa University, who gave up their time, expertise and enthusiasm to help with the festival production. Elsewhere on site, there was a tug of war, three legged race, face painting and a Wiltshire Bees stall.

The full committee is James Wood, Nigel Smith, Guy Lowin and Jessica Jefferys.


Marshfield Primary PTA  

Marshfield Cricket Club were delighted to host the event and extremely pleased at the money that was raised, both from our own point of view, and for supporting the schools.  Also massive thanks to all the MCC members who helped, and without wishing to single people out, 3 special mentions to Boop and Kev who did a marathon shift on the BBQ, and also Amelia who did a marathon stint on the bar. And of course to Andy Pierce who co-ordinated the festival with the festival committee.



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About Marshfield Primary School Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Marshfield Primary School is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School with 169 pupils on roll. The parents, governors, staff, the local community and the pupils are very supportive and proud of the school which has a caring and friendly atmosphere as well as high academic expectations.

The active PTA organises a wide range of social events both for the children and parents including the Christmas fair, termly discos, summer barbecues, film nights and the annual Marshfield Mudlark. Last year the PTA raised £8,000 for the school.


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