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Communities coming together for ‘Bretfest’

Bretton community is organising 'Bretfest' after an annual festival became virtual-only, due to pandemic restrictions.
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Bretton community is holding 'Bretfest' at The Rugby Club on August 14

Bretton Parish Council has been running Bretton Festival for more than 30 years and it has always been a fun-filled day with stalls, food, fairground rides, musical entertainment, arts and crafts among other attractions.

But like most other events and festivals, it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic restrictions. 

The festival went ahead virtually last weekend (July 17), after the parish council decided it was too risky to plan a physical festival amidst restrictions which were still unknown when planning began earlier in the year.

Bretton's got Talent was part of the celebrations in which the local community took part, but members of public said they were ‘disappointed on missing out on the Bretton festival for a second year’. 

As restrictions have now eased around the country, the local community has come forward to organise ‘Bretfest’ on August 14. 

Miriam Whittam proposed the idea on a Bretton Facebook group and since then the idea has snowballed - Andy Moore from the Lions Rugby Club has offered the space for the festival. 

Dozens of local businesses and community groups have joined hands to organise and take part in the festival including Better Bretton and Fisher’s Treats. 

A talent show with performances is also on the cards. 

Miriam said: “I put the idea across and then so many people just joined in. 

“This is for the community by the community. It’s going to be amazing. We missed out on the last two Bretton festivals. The virtual one went ahead but not everybody could be part of it, so we decided to hold a proper event.

“The rugby club has kindly let us organise it on their premises which we are grateful for. 

“Flyers will be sent out, Kathy Shaw from Better Bretton is helping us with that. 

“On the day there will be a talent show where local artists will be performing. Apart from that there’s going to stalls for arts and crafts, cakes, other treats, Car boot sales, bouncy castle, soft archery, penalty shootout and quite a few other things for the people to enjoy. 

“Event medics AMS UK are volunteering their services for free on the day as well. 

“We still need lots of donations from local businesses for tombola prizes. All the proceeds will be going towards a Bretton pot that will help mobilise plans for the disability play equipment for the area. 

"A percentage of the car boot sale will also be going for the Bretton pot that will help with events like this for the community. Better Bretton will be looking after the funds for now as they are already set up. 

"We want to get a youth club open as soon as possible so the funds will help with those."

Next year Bretton Parish Council is planning a big festival to mark its 50th anniversary.