What a fantastic festival it was with over 30 events. J J
It was our best Festival ever and was made possible by our small enthusiastic GFest team and I thank them all and the organisers of the various events.
New events included a Canal Barge Supper trip (which was so successful we ran it twice), a Line of Coins on the Old Railway Line which raised over £200, a highly popular Antiques & Collectables Valuation where the three professional valuers worked continuously for most of the event with a queue of people awaiting their turn, the GG Youth Club Treasure Hunt and Barbeque, which sold out very quickly. The Fire Station open day and car wash had a constant stream of visitors whilst the Loopy Laps Family Fun Run proved popular with all ages. The Heritage Group had a full and interesting display in the Grosvenor Centre, including a working Victorian Schoolroom and a talk on the old schools in Gnosall parish. Extremely popular with the children was the Pond Dipping event held on the newly re-opened Boardwalk. The Quiz and Buffet at The Horns was another of the huge successes with all available tables booked.
Old favourites were not left out with the Classical Concert, again a sell-out, the Gnosall Players Murder Mystery, the Family Bike Ride, Open Gardens with over 300 visitors and of course, the Made in Gnosall Craft Fair and Exhibition and the popular Beer Festival.
Events like the Church Tower Opening and the Church Tour remained popular and the Gfest Church Service was attended by a Deputy Lieutenant of Staffordshire who spoke very favourably about Gnosall and its community. The Community and Countryside event attracted quite a few people and this is one area we will promote more actively at the next GFest.
Moreton also had its share of events with a Traditional Folk Music event and the Gnosall Singers Concert.
Other groups within the village had open sessions for people to visit – Phoenix Club and Gnosall Handbell Ringers.
The Festival included the Fun Fair on the Village Green which coincided with the end of the school academic year and is arranged annually.
Plans are already being made for GFest 2019 with some new events including a canal boat festival. What more can be said except roll on GFest2019!