Our Supported Charities
and Festival News
year we support charitable and other organisations. These include
a few main named ones each
year, both national and local.
2016 - A Tad Damp
It is fair to say after a really
nice sunny week build up beforehand, the weather was against us by the
weekend. Saturday got off to a damp start before developing into
proper wet. This didn't do a great deal for the state of the festival
fields and it was a little muddy in places.
Nevertheless Sunday was a lot
better and it it was the Festival as usual, with Roman chariot racing
and military action from the American Civil War Society.
Elsewhere the usual fab line up
of narrowboats graced the Ashby and there was musical entertainment in
the real ale marquee with the Del Sharons and the Birmingham Blues
Despite the weather the 2016 Shackerstone
Family Festival still managed to donate just under £15,000 between eighteen charities
and worth causes.
2015 Update - No. 21
The coming of age festival didn't disappoint,
offering an eclectic mix of performances throughout the weekend. Dropping into the main arena on both days
were the RAF Falcons parachute display team and once they arrived they
paraded and signed autographs too!
Jason Smyths adrenaline stunt show
entertained the crowds as he also soared through the air on both his motorcycle and quad bike.
Something new to the festival was
the Amazing Racing Pigs, words fail me here, but it did exactly what it
said on the side of the can! Quite bizzare.
The Wildcats buzzed in
overhead on Sunday with another spectacular display of aerial
aerobatics, meanwhile the Lincoln Country Regulators slinged
their wild west guns in our second field and the traction
engines gently steamed.
The Festival was pleased to
make donations totaling £30,000 from the profits of the 2015
event to both the two main charities, the organising and various
participating groups, and for good measure a few other folks
2014 Update - The 20th Anniversary
Another splendid September weekend of thrills and spills. Vintage cars, jousting, sheep racing and aerobatic displays, it was all there and more besides. Saturday suffered from mist that didnít want to go away, while Sunday was glorious and the crowds rolled in.
As always we had a fine selection of narrowboats on display on the
Ashby Canal. Cowboys and knights battled, ducks were herded and aircraft roared overhead.
Plenty of tractors and traction engines graced the no.2 field, where the public could view the spectacle of tractor pulling as well as seeing a recently fallen oak tree turned into furniture.
The beer tent this year featured both a steel and brass bands.
Vintage vehicles were here, there and everywhere around the main field, along with an interesting mixture of other exhibits.
Quite a weekend and quite surprising it all sprung from a chance conversation in the
railway museum 21 years ago.
2013 Update - What a Weekend!
Without doubt the biggest Family Festival so far, with Sunday being absolutely ballistic. And of course the RAF Red Arrows were the icing on the cake of the 19th show with their 25 minute display. Elsewhere we had the Knights of Nottingham charge into battle in the main arena and the rather unusual spectacle of llama racing!
We had one of our biggest turn outs of narrowboats for a number of years on the Ashby Canal. Birds of prey displayed at one end of the festival site and racing lawn mowers roared around at the other end, all jolly exciting and enthralling. The Childrens Shackiesaurus Club parade even had a steam roller escort this year.
Our two nominated charities of 2013 where The Leicestershire Citizens Advice Bureau and The Salvation Army. They along with numerous
other local and national good causes received a share of the £30,000 raised by the 2013 Family Festival.
A Little About Shackerstone Family Festival
the Money Raised from it...
Allow us to give you an update on what happened after the
In its 18th year the Festival was host to a varied selection of visiting attractions throughout the weekend.
On the canal an armada of some 70 plus visiting boats were on show with more than 30 historic narrowboats gracing the banks of the Ashby. Back on dry land there was a vast collection of vintage vehicles. Over 200 classic cars visited the Festival over the weekend with a smattering of commercial trucks, motorbikes and military vehicles. A popular part of both days was the arena parade of vintage tractors, while keeping the grass down on the entrance to the festival was the noise and fury of the qualifying heats of the North West Lawn Mowers Racing Grand
In the three arenas over the two day event were The Chariots of Fire horse riding display, Fingle Dingle and his clown crime wave, Jason Smyths adrenaline stunt bike show, Wild West gun slingers and their encampment, horsemanship demonstrations, birds of prey, duck herding and last but not least a few marching bands. One of the great thrills of the 2012 was on Saturday when the RAF displayed their
Spitfire transport plane to entertain us from above.
Music in the beer tent came from the award winning Phase One steel band, meanwhile kids busied themselves in the Shackiesaurus Childrenís Club or on the fairground rides. The craft tent was packed with a variety of handmade food and gifts.
At Shackerstone Station steam trains were departing throughout the day, with Great Western Railway engine 3803 taking the strain. There was also steam on the Festival field in the guise of tractions engines. There were ten steam engines ranging from miniature to full size tractions engines and steam rollers.
Moneys raised from the 2012
Festival were distributed among our nominated charities, which
were the Macmillan Cancer Support,
LOROS Hospice care for Leicestershire & Rutland
and Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air
Ambulance. The Ashby Canal Restoration, Battlefield Railway Line and both Shackerstone and Congerstone Village
Projects also received donations.
2011 Festival 2011
Since the Festival, all the profits have been distributed to many worthy causes, including donations to the Air Ambulance, LOROS (the Leicestershire and Rutland Organisation for the Relief of Suffering), Ashby Canal Restoration, Battlefield Railway Line and both Shackerstone and Congerstone Village Projects.
At the Festival itself, there was a good turn out of stands attending even in these austere times we live in. A further 20 stands were also in attendance raising monies for various charities and other projects.
On the canal there was 46 working boats and 95 visiting boats making the Canal festival one of the best supported in the country. 2011 also saw the largest number of exhibits ever achieved at the family Festival with over 450 vehicles of differing shapes, sizes ages and interest on display.
As for the entertainment the crowds were treated to a wide variety of acts either in the air, in the main arena on in specialist arenas around the Festival grounds.
The 2010 Festival
A record attendance for both days at the Festival
was the reward for all the hard work contributed by the volunteers of the committee and
other assisting members of the public.
At the Festival itself, there was a dip in the number
of stands attending from the previous year confirming the austere times we live in.
However those attending required larger frontage of space than ever achieved in the
previous sixteen years of the Festival. A further 20 stands were also in attendance
raising monies for various charities and other projects.
Many caravans and tents in the riverside field with
their occupants enjoying a great weekend of activities and events. On the canal there was
43 historic working boats and 75 visiting boats making the Canal festival one of the best
supported in the country. 2010 also saw the largest number of exhibits ever achieved at
the family Festival with over 400 vehicles of differing shapes, sizes ages and interest on
...and not forgetting there were the RAF Red
Arrows giving a full display!
So where did
Family Festival donate its money to?
Since the Festival, over £18,000 has been
distributed to many worthy causes, including donations to the Peter Le Marchant Trust
based in Loughborough - providing outings and holidays on waterways for people of all ages
with any kind of disability or serious illness and the National Autistic Society -
providing individuals with help and support and the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
towards their national memorial visitor education centre appeal.
Other monies have been distributed to The Ashby Canal
association towards further reopening of the canal and the two nearby Villages where
donations have been made towards various parish projects including St Peters Church,
Shackerstone and St Marys Church, Congerstone towards maintenance of the church structures
and donations to the Village halls in both Shackerstone and Congerstone towards the
running and maintenance of the halls.
The Battlefield Line Railway used their monies raised
towards the reopening of Market Bosworth railway station having stood neglected
,abandoned, ignored and overgrown for the past 15 years. After many hours of hard work
this is the first time that visitors will have had total access to Bosworth station since
the Railway Society was formed and have never been able to park cars any where near the
Station. It means that residents of Market Bosworth have their Station back and can walk
or drive down the hill out of town and catch a scheduled train service for the first time
since the station closed to passengers in 1931.
Other previous recipients of donations from the Shackerstone Family Festival
over the last 22 years have
Sydrome, Parkinsons UK, Peter Le Marchant
Trust, The National Autistic Society, Wish Upon A Star, Leicester Childrens Holiday
Home, Oxfam, R.N.L.I., BBC Children in Need, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rainbow
Childrens Hospice - Loughborough, Brain Tumour Research in Children Project at
Queens Medical Centre Nottingham, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, The
Firemens Benevolent Fund, Wildlife Hospital, St Johns Ambulance, RADAR, The
Spitfire Society, Bedford Ferret Welfare, Nuneaton Dog Handlers Club, Ashby Day
Nursery, Market Bosworth Playgroup, Thringstone Scout Group, The Diana - Princess of Wales
Memorial Fund, Congerstone County Primary School, Cancer Research UK, Leicester
Childrens Holiday Home, St Giles Hospice, The British Red Cross,
SPOCC, The Laura Centre, The Royal British Legion,
Macmillan Cancer Support, LOROS Hospice care for Leicestershire & Rutland
and Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air
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