I'm a great believer in trying anything once. In fact, I'm one up on Sir Thomas Beecham. He famously said "I'll try anything once except Morris Dancing and incest". Now, I'm not one for incest, but I did have a spell as a Morris dancer. You may well laugh at us dancers, but I got to see an awful lot of pubs in Berkshire and Oxfordshire and picked up a few free drinks on the way.
Anyway, I digress. Folk music, song and dance has long been an interest of mine and I have visited a large number of Folk festivals in my time. When some of my colleagues started a brand new one in Wallingford a few years age - "Wallingford Bunkfest" - I supported it where I could - with setting up, stewarding and even a trade stall. Naturally I made sure the beer tent was profitable too.
It's been running a few years now and gained a good reputation in the Folk world and was all set for another weekend this September.
Unfortunately, these things rely on a lot of goodwill, volunteers and grants/sponsorship and it seems that the grant and sponsorship side has not been so forthcoming this year.
Couple that with the floods and the committee/Directors have announced that they have had to pull the plug this year.
It's a great shame, all that effort coming to nothing and my heart goes out to the committee members.
There will be a fund-raising event 1st September - presumably to cover costs incurred so far, so if you are in the area, try and make it. I certainly shall. Live music is undergoing a renaissance at the moment and we should nurture it and appreciate the effort that goes into organising events such as this.
For more information, take a look at the Bunkfest website here
Wallingford once had a railway link called 'the bunk'