Cheers! Cleve brings back cider festival

January 25 2019

CLEVE Rugby Club is bringing back its annual cider festival to replace a dance music event which sparked complaints from neighbours.

The club has announced that West Country music legends The Wurzels will headline the festival at its Hayfields ground in Cossham Street this year.

The event will take place on August 24, taking up the late summer slot which had been taken by the South West Dance Festival for the past two years.

Last year’s dance festival brought a series of complaints from people living in neighbouring streets, who complained about noise, rubbish and anti-social behaviour from people attending it.

A group of Mangotsfield residents raised a petition of 150 signatures opposing the dance festival and a group attended a meeting of Emersons Green Town Council to complain, with one councillor advising them to oppose the licence application for any future dance festival.

The club, which also hosts the annual Mangotsfield Festival, has issued a statement explaining its decision to turn down the dance event, which was organised by an independent operator, for this year.

The statement said: “This decision has been made primarily due to the disruption the (dance) festival caused within the community.

“Cleve RFC is a community sports facility but also a business and one that has seen a decline in members and an increase in costs in recent years. It is therefore imperative that we hold events to raise funds to support the club.”

The club said the cider festival “proved very popular in previous years and caused no disruption to local residents”.

The cider festival will run from 2pm, with support acts and timings to be confirmed closer to the event.

Tickets are already on sale, with an early bird offer running through February.

The club has published a behaviour policy including restrictions on unaccompanied children, a ban on glass bottles, legal highs and food and drink brought onto the site.

For more details and tickets, visit clevefestivals.co.uk online.

The club is calling for volunteers to help out on the day of the festival. Anyone who is interested in lending a hand or who wants more information should email info@cleverugby.co.uk.