Music festival tops £9,500 for charity

The proceeds from this year’s Bures Music Festival – a staggering £9,500 – have been given to charity.

At an awards evening at The Eight Bells pub on Thursday, organisers presented the money to a number of good causes.

It brings the total amount raised by the festival, which started in 1997, to £157,000.

The not-for-profit festival, held over five days, had its most successful year yet and increased its donations to charities.

Festival chairman Peter Harries said: “Thanks go to everyone who gave up so much time to help run the festival and to all of the charities and good causes who come along to talk about the use of the funds we generate.

“We’re about to start arranging next year’s festival, which will run from July 9 to 13, and are looking forward to making 2014 our best year yet.”

Donations went to Ferriers Barn Art and Craft Centre for the physically disabled in Bures, which is celebrating its 40th year, St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds, Noah’s Ark Nursery in Bures, Essex Air Ambulance, the cricket, tennis and football clubs in Bures, the sports ground and community centre, Scouts troops and the Derby and Joan Club.