ASHSTOCK

About Ashstock

Ashstock is a family-friendly music and beer festival organised by the Village Council.
The first Ashstock took place in 2014. Prior to that, the Village Council had worked with a group of residents to organise Summer Fairs in 2009, 2011 and 2013. The Council had also organised a Party in the Park and beacon lighting ceremony to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. 

Ashstock combines some of the popular Summer Fair attractions with performances by local youth musicians during the day. In the evening, a headline band performs. The beer tent sells a carefully selected selection of real ales from mainly Sussex-based breweries.  Local food vendors have included Allan Martin Meats BBQ food, Fine & Scandi Scandinavian food, a tea tent, run by Maria’s Cafe in 2018, vegetarian and vegan food from Earth & Soul Kitchen in 2017 and Wych’s Kitchen in 2018.
The event is intended to be a fun day out for the whole family. 

The festival has been staged every year between 2014 and 2018 and has grown in popularity. The first event saw about 500 visitors, and by 2017 this figure had increased to well over 1,000. Figures dropped slightly in 2018, particularly in the afternoon, when the event clashed with the England v Sweden World Cup quarter final match.

The festival has, to date, been free to enter. While much of the work is carried out by Councillors and other volunteers, there are costs involved in organising it, including hiring equipment, setting up the site, providing first aid and security cover. Grants have been received, from Gatwick Airport Community Trust in 2016, Mid Sussex District Council in 2017 and West Sussex County Council in 2018.

In addition the festival has received sponsorship from Mansell McTaggart for the past few years and Langham Homes in 2018. Funding also comes from pitch fees from the bar and food vendors, beer barrel sponsors, programme advertisers and purchasers.

Various businesses have provided raffle and auction prizes, including Crowne Plaza Hotels, Holiday Inn Gatwick, Lingfield Park Racecourse, the Cat Inn West Hoathly.

On the 10th February 2018, Councillors organisers held a quiz night at Ashurst Wood Village Centre. This raised £900 which was put towards the budget for Ashstock 2018.

Headline bands have included The Blunter Brothers (2016), Funkee Junkee (2017), Bedrock (2018).

Ashstock took a break in 2019 and will return in 2020.


ASHSTOCK 2018 – Saturday 7th July 2018

Saturday 7th July 2018
A big thank you to everyone who supported Ashstock this year.
It was an extremely hot day and attendance during the afternoon dropped, as people left or stayed away to watch the England football team play Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals.
After the match was over, the crowds started to arrive and the evening was busier (and cooler).

Thanks to the volunteers, the performers, the stallholders and food and drink vendors.

Funding and support for Ashstock 2018

We are grateful to The North Mid Sussex County Local Committee of West Sussex County Council for the award of £1,000 from the Community Initiative Fund.
And to Mid Sussex District Council for the use of John Pears Recreation Ground and Pavilion.
We are also grateful to our sponsors:
Langham Homes
Mansell McTaggart

And to our the programme advertisers and beer barrel sponsors.

The event was supported by the PPL PRS charity and community discount scheme. PPL PRS licenses the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the permission they need to play the music they want.
For more information about PPL PRS, visit pplprs.co.uk or call 0800 0720 808.


Entertainment

The event was opened by  Miles Goodall before he dashed off to support UB40 at a festival at Borde Hill.  Miles was long-listed for the best Jazz/Blues Act at the Unsigned Music Awards 2018.

Youth bands performed during the afternoon and early evening; this year’s line-up included:
Ashurst Wood Primary School singing songs from The Lion King
Jazz Straszynski who we are delighted to welcome back again to Ashstock. Jazz is a singer/song writer from Forest Row and is a former winner of East Grinstead’s Got Talent and reached the regional finals of Open Mic UK.
Amber Titchener is a 14-year-old singer songwriter from Sackville School. She was recently the youngest artist ever to perform at UK’s biggest Music Industry network event in London.
Urban City Dance will be performing at Ashstock; they have performed with well-known groups Flawless and Diversity.
Max White is a singer/songwriter from BIMM Brighton Music College. His debut single Sugar was followed by a European Tour and a collaboration with electronic dance music stars DADA LIFE. Max closed the youth stage this year.
Other youth performers included: Tatiana, Caitlin Murray, Formed on Friday, Seren Foulds, Tia Bartlett

In the evening, acoustic duo The Two Joes performed a mix of crowd-pleasing classic rock, indie and blues. They were followed by our headline band, Bedrock, with a selection of popular songs dating from the 1960s to the noughties, who kept us on our feet dancing throughout their set.

Terry Sumner from Euphoria Music returned with his team to compère and provide sound and PA facilities.


Food and Drink

Allan Martin Meats – BBQ
Fine & Scandi – Scandinavian Street Food
Maria’s Café – Tea Tent
The Maypole Inn – Licensed bar selling real ales and ciders and a wide choice of other drinks
Wych’s Kitchen – Vegan and Vegetarian and gluten free food.
Ice Cream Van


Attractions

Under 5s soft play area
Inflatable mega slide
Inflatable assault course
Tug of War
Variety of stalls
Serenity Tent


ASHSTOCK 2017 – Saturday 8th July 2017

Ashstock 2017 photos can be seen on our facebook page (click link above).
Photos were taken during the event by Singularis Photography

You can see more photos at the following links:
https://goo.gl/2EbCck
https://goo.gl/U5PDYU
https://goo.gl/AtdGGD
You will need to enter your name and email address in order to view the photos. Copies can be ordered from the photographer.