Full steam ahead for the 2016 Stone Festival

Karen Wardell of The Frank Jordan Centre (Signpost) receiving her cheque from Chairman Andy Glover
Karen Wardell of The Frank Jordan Centre (Signpost) receiving her cheque from Chairman Andy Glover

It’s all change and full steam ahead for the committee of Stone Festival in readiness for next years event following an AGM at the Borehole public house on Mount Road recently.

We were delighted with the large turn out – not just committee members and supporters of Festival – but also to have a number of representatives from the many local beneficiaries who were there to receive their donation cheques from the outgoing Chairman Andy Glover. Andy, due to work constraints in 2015/16, stepped down from Chairman for which the whole committee were saddened but equally appreciative of his efforts whilst in the post.

The new Chairman is now Neil Gater with Jamie Richards carrying on as Vice Chairman. The rest of the committee has a blend of some existing and new faces so good luck to every one of them in creating an even better Festival for 2016.

It was clearly evident from hearing some of the stories from the recipients donations , that the monies raised during the week do make some huge differences to the lives of the local community both young and old and those who face many more challenges than the majority of us. It is one of those occasions where the giving is as much rewarding as the receiving, so long may it continue as it really does make a positive impact on those around us.

Recipients present included volunteers from Staffs Blood Bikes, Stone Community Hub, The Alzheimer’s Drop in Club, The Border Collie Trust, Stone Community First Responders and 5th Stone Scouts.

So what of 2016? Well new venues are being investigated within Stone for those events which may be very weather dependant and we have some exciting ideas about what we would like to do in June however we really value your opinion as to what you would like to see and participate in.

So why not pop over and see us at the next Farmers Market in one of Octa-Piaggio’s vehicles and have a chat to us as to your wishes and wants for next year. In addition, over the next couple of months we will be releasing some surveys available to the wider community or alternatively you can post your comments on our web page www.stonefestival.co.uk.