This year’s Adstocktoberfest, made a fantastic £3000 for Afghanaid, despite the fact that it was probably our soggiest event so far.
Thank you so much to those who came along with apples for cider making and juicing and to all the helpers under the supervision of Nick Kelly who did all the hard work during the day scratting and pressing – the electric machine finally gave up the ghost, so it all had to be done the old fashioned way. Thank you also to Farokh and his friends for manning the honey selling, guess the weight of the honey comb and the schnapps pick’n mix stall and to Duncan who managed to whittle an impressive amount of spoons and magic wands, again all money raised from these efforts went to Afghanaid.
This year was the first year that we had sponsorship, so a huge thank you goes to:
Adstock Bulk Solutions
Adstock Building Services
Due to the fact that Andy Judge was busy in the Thatch, we were lucky enough to have Nick, a guest of Farokh, who used to work in the wine trade to deliberate over this year’s booze entries. The cider cup was shared between Katherine Twig and Richard Varley and the liqueur plate was picked up by Paul Isted for the second time with his damson gin.
The music was kicked off by Lucy Bignall’s quartet who sang beautifully while we ate – unfortunately their beautiful rendition of ‘Bring me Sunshine’ didn’t work!
Our second band were superb, consisting of excellent musicians from Akeley Wood, clearly passionate about their music and played some excellent versions of songs from Kings of Leon to the Arctic Monkeys – I hope they will be able to return next year.
Adstock’s very own Agog were on next with an eclectic mix of songs – they will return next year whether you like it or not!
The evening was rounded off by a fusion of David Toone’s and Olly’s Shakedown and Miles Nottage and Paul Paling’s Blackouts. Despite the fact that they had never played together, they were superb as usual, playing a fantastic and lively set that got everyone up and dancing from the young to the old.
We were also treated to some more home grown Adstock talent in the form of Amber Baker and Matt Twig. Amber sang a couple of songs beautifully and Matt, a record producer, played us his latest work, that has already won radio plaudits. Hopefully next year we’ll have more local musicians, I know there are more out there!!
Thank you all again for coming and helping to raise such a great amount for a great cause. Next year it will be on the 3rd October – please put it in your diaries.