At the start of June, Scothern Cricket Club hosted their first ever beer festival. Packed with Lincolnshire beers and ciders along with live cricket and local food, the event encouraged villagers to attend with heaps of community spirit in tow, and that is exactly what they did.
Established in 1965, Scothern Cricket Club has been at the heart of the community for over 50 years. For 20 of those years, Amanda White was club scorer and has since been a supporter of the cricket club. It was her suggestion, to her nephews who play for the club, that a beer festival might be a good way of fundraising.
“I thought we should really make it a Lincolnshire beer festival, so we had a lot of help from John at Ferry Ales” Amanda explained, “I’d heard really good things about his brewery, and he was the closest to the village, so we worked closely with him and he was kind enough to even lend us a fridge trailer for the weekend.”
Other Lincolnshire Breweries included Little Big Dog Beer in Barrow Upon Humber, Shadow Bridge in Barton upon Humber, 8 Sail in Heckington and Zest Brewery in Barkston.
The event was such a success they even had to place an extra emergency order with Zest Brewery when they sold out of cider on the Friday. “Even when it was quiet, money was coming across the bar!” Amanda recalls, “We were delighted with the amount of support received, which has helped us raise vital funds for the club.”
The festival was hugely popular, and people of all ages from all walks of life came together to enjoy this exciting village event. “Everywhere you looked there were people sitting on haybales, kids were playing at the top of the field, the sun was setting and there was just a lovely buzz across the place. We were so incredibly supported, and we are just overwhelmed that people enjoyed the event.”
Fundraising for groups like Scothern Cricket Club is a vital way of securing their future, and this is the biggest event they have ever tried to organise. “It changes, for the cricket club, the whole ambition of what they can achieve.”
Amanda concludes, “I’m proud that we’ve changed the future of the cricket club, I’m proud that we gave a platform to these Lincolnshire producers to show what they’re worth and fly the flag for the county, and I’m really proud of the team for making it happen and creating such a lovely village event. The lads from the club really stepped up and worked their butts off together, it was incredible.”
The next Yellow Belly Festival is pencilled in for Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June 2024, so if you would like to get involved or have any ideas, get in touch via scothern.play-cricket.com