Saturday, 4 September, dawned slightly overcast but dry. Just what we needed for Soulfest. The SMG became a hive of activity and thanks to the Community Payback team the main marquee was already in place. The barbeque, tea tent and bar needed to be set up. Tables and chairs were trailered from the parish hall and a horsebox arrived revealing a complete bar, courtesy of Great Brickhill Cricket Club – huge thank you to them. Soon tables were creaking under the weight of all the cakes, the tea urn was boiling, barbeque fired up and we opened for business.
Music was provided by Harrison Ryot, The Co-optimists, and The Unconventionals. After the interval, when the raffle was drawn, Impetus took to the stage followed by Still Remains. Finally DJ Scotty took to the mic and, by all accounts, kept going well into the evening.
Over 200 people came to the event and the bar and BBQ were kept busy the whole time.
The organising team kept persevering with organising the event despite postponement and the uncertainity associated with the pandemic. Credit to them all for producing such a successful event. The list of those involved in organising, carrying, cleaning, cooking, playing music, pulling pints, making numerous cups of tea, producing cakes, working on the SMG itself so it looks at its best for the event, sponsors, supporters, shoppers, raffle prize donators is long so huge thanks go to you all.
This year it was decided that all the funds raised would go the SMG. In the past we have shared the spoils but with the lack of opportunity to fund raise recently we felt our cause was more in need this time. Whilst all the bills have not been received, as it stands now it looks as though our coffers have been boosted by approx £2,300.