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Tameside Beer Festival at Stalybridge raises over 8K for local charities

by Tameside Territory, Oct 2018

Serving beer as ‘Service before Self’, the Rotarian way!


Tameside: Civic Mayor, Rotary President and Beer Festival Entertainment Director

From left to right; Mayor Consort, Civic Mayor of Tameside Cllr Denise Ward, Tameside President Cliff Hall and PR Chair and Tameside Beer Festival Entertainment Director, Rtn Angela Robbins.


Aside from running Well Polished Tameside and Stockport, Angela is very active in the local community as a Rotarian. While playing a significant role in the running of a Beer Festival may sound an ideal job there is more to it than meets the eye. All of those involved work very hard in the months leading up to the event, it takes a lot of organising and planning. Then on the day it is not just serving a few pints and meeting the many guests it is a number of full shifts for Angela and her family. Her husband Bruce helps out behind the bar in between being a compere for the many acts that make up the entertainment for this weekend Festival. All the volunteers involved demonstrated the Rotarian value of ‘Service before Self’ whether they are active Rotarians or not.

MP Jonathan Reynolds pours a pint

Director of Well Polished Tameside and Stockport Angela taking a rest from serving beer at Tameside Beer Festival while Jonathan Reynolds MP helps himself to a glass from the barrel he sponsored.

The proceeds from the 2018 festival will go to Tameside Charities including: the local British Lung Foundation and Admiral Nurses (Dementia Nurses).

The Festival, which was held on 7th and 8th September 2018 at Stalybridge Civic Hall raised over £8,000.00 during the 2 days. The event has been held every year for the past 8 years. Lots of fun, food, wine, cider, soft drinks and of course, over 36 Beers. Entertainment was provided by Steely Don, the Phoenix Brass Hoppers (Oompah Band), Irving Lewis and the Dollar Bombers as well as local crooner Eric Barrow. We were thrilled Lexie and Christopher could dance for us as they were finalists on Britain’s Got Talent this year.

Angela appears to have learnt a bit from her cleaners as she was seen wielding a mop and bucket on a few occasions.

The local newspaper stated that it was a ‘Utopia for real-ale drinkers’ food was supplied in the form of Carr’s famous pies and Indian cuisine from Delights of India.

Each year two charities are chosen so that they receive a significant amount to help their local work. Amongst the beneficiaries last year last year were Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation who each received £2500.00 and this year the chosen charities are; the British Lung Foundation, whose aim is ‘making sure that one day everyone will breathe clean air with healthy lungs’ and Tameside Admiral Nurse Service, a part of Dementia UK, provide the specialist dementia support that families need.