December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Rugby players in Wymondham will be propping up the bar when their annual beer festival gets under way later this month.
Wymondham RFC is throwing open its ground on Tuttles Lane East for a three day beer festival culminating in a family fun day on Sunday, September 8.
There will be free camping over the weekend and 20% of profits from the festival will be split between the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Wymondham cancer support charity Star Throwers.
The festival weekend kicks off on Friday, September 6 from 4pm to 11pm when visitors will be able to choose from 40 local ales and eight ciders with live music during the evening.
Bill Yeates, the festival chairman, said: “This is an extremely important weekend for us, not only to raise money for the club but also to support local charities and to host a cracking event for the local community.
“We hope to see as many people as possible and promise them a very warm Wymondham welcome.”
Saturday’s session runs from midday until 11pm and alongside the beer festival there will be senior rugby to watch as well as a touch rugby tournament and tug-of-war followed by more live evening music. Both Friday and Saturday’s events cost £2 per person.
There is free entry on Sunday when activities run from noon until 5pm in an afternoon for all the family with entertainments, rides and fun stalls in addition to a memorial rugby game.
Jess Down, Norfolk fundraising manager for the Air Ambulance, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Wymondham RFC.
“We’re now flying missions at night as well as day to help people across East Anglia.
“It’s vital work, but it costs more than £6 million a year so we rely on a lot of support from a lot of people.”
Wymondham RFC has more than 1,000 members and fields teams from its veterans, seniors and women’s sections through to the thriving Youth and Minis’ squads.
Club president, Peter Barry, said: “We’ve grown hugely over the years and have big ambitions to see the club prosper.
“But it’s very important that we remain a community club – rugby is a fantastic sport for friendship and it’s great to see new generations of players share in that.”