Nomansland Festivals make donations to local charities and good causes

The 2nd Nomansland Beer Festival took place at Nomansland Cricket Club, on the 17th and 18th May 2024. Over two days, it was attended by over 500 people, who were able to choose from over 30 local real ales and ciders whilst listening to a variety of music and sampling excellent food from Max and Mikes Street Food, Horizon Pizzas or burgers kindly provided by Lloyd Maunder.

On Friday, the ABBAHOLICS made a welcome return with their popular ABBA tribute, whilst Saturday night was headlined by local favourites STILLYANO. Rackenford Rascals Brass Band opened festivities on Saturday, followed by Irish folk from Black Velvet, Country and Western from Elizabeth Phipps and an acoustic set from Aran Dagwell. Last year, the inaugural Nomansland Beer Festival raised £5,500 for local charities and good causes. This year, Nomansland Festivals Committee were keen to exceed that total and their efforts paid off over and above expectations!

The 2024 festival adopted North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team (NDSART) and the Tiverton branch of Action Medical Research (AMR) as the main charities, whilst also maintaining the aim of supporting other local good causes. In a short celebratory event at Nomansland Cricket Club on 27th June 2024, members of Nomsanland Festivals Committee heard from Ian Perrior on behalf of NDSART, and Sally Moore for AMR before presenting them with cheques for £4,000 each. In addition, Val Dickinson spoke about the Witheridge Rest a While Centre before receiving a cheque for £1,000 towards vital works to improve access to the centre.

In total, the Beer Festival raised £12,000 for local good causes! With the remaining funds being reserved to establish a Community Fund that can provide small amounts of responsive funding locally as needs arise. In addition to this, the event also generated funds for Nomansland Cricket Club.

Stuart Cole from the Nomansland Festivals Committee, commented We are delighted to have raised so much for charities and good causes. We are humbled by the support that we received in establishing and delivering this fun event this year. Neither the event or the charity donations would have been possible without the extraordinary generosity of our many sponsors! Although there are too many to name here, their combined support for the event, the music stages and the beers are really what made the event such a success and we are deeply grateful to them all.

Dr Chris Clark from the Committee also commented The funds raised have exceeded our best expectations. This has allowed us to make substantial donations to three excellent causes: North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team is a charity, entirely funded by donations, that works across Dartmoor, Devon and further afield in support of the Police and Ambulance Services to find missing, distressed and injured people and bring them to a place of safety.

Action Medical Research has funded vital research into diseases and conditions of newborns and young children; such research has supported advances in the eradication of polio and the reduction of episodes of cot death among many other achievements.

Loneliness is a major problem in our community and society in general; it has recently been recognised as an independent risk factor for strokes. The tireless work of the Rest A While Centre volunteers is directly combating this issue bringing health and social benefits to our community.”

The Committee plan to run the event again in May next year.

About Nomansland Festivals

Nomansland Festivals CIC is a not-for-profit community interest company (company number: 15622838) whose primary activity is to organise and run the Nomansland Beer Festival as a charitable event, and to distribute profits to local charities and good causes.

About North Dartmoor Search and Rescue

North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team is a registered charity (Charity number: 1200541) wholly reliant on donations to continue its activities. Currently, around 35 full team members, plus trainees and supporters, support the Police when called upon to search and recover missing, injured or distressed people. Volunteers are trained in casualty care, navigation, rope work, swift water rescue and search management. Each member brings their own experience to the team.

About Action Medical Research

Action Medical Research is a registered charity (Charity number: 208701). It is a national charity with a very active local branch in Tiverton. Volunteers organise regular social events as fundraising activities to support the charitys aim to save and change childrens lives through medical research, developing treatments, vaccinations and cures.

About Witheridge Rest a While Centre

Witheridge Rest-A-While Day Centre is a registered charity (Charity number: 801038). The charity runs and maintains the centre as a resource and meeting place for local people in order to combat isolation and loneliness in older age.

For further information:
Dr Chris Clark
for Nomansland Festivals Committee