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Big music names barge into a village pub!

10 May 2011

The Magic Numbers, 2011 Brit award winner Laura Marling and Damien Rice could all be found in a small Wiltshire village on 16 April, performing at a one-off event in support of a BIG-funded Village SOS project.

Last year the villagers, under the name Barge Inn Community Project (BICP), received funding from our Village SOS programme to buy the lease for their local pub, securing its then uncertain future at the heart of the community.

They’ve also built a village shop, campsite among other activities – but it’s Honeyfest, their one-off music event that’s been grabbing national headlines this week.

Honeyfest showed local people and the public what the project has achieved in the last year and presented the newly refurbished pub to the community for the first time.

Sandra Bhatia, a former music events manager is using her skills and experience to support the Barge Inn Community Project. She says: “The Barge Inn is not just at the heart of the community, it’s in the hearts of this community.

“All proceeds from Honeyfest will go back into the project, helping us to run the pub and make it a real asset that locals and visitors to the area will want to keep returning to.”

The Magic Numbers performing at Honeyfest

The Magic Numbers performing at Honeyfest

Mark Cotton, BIG’s Head of Region for the South West, said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve got these superb acts – from a Brit Award winner to local musicians – supporting the Barge Inn Community Project by playing at Honeyfest. They’re involved because they believe in what these villagers are doing and also support the wider aims of the Village SOS programme – to help our rural communities flourish.

“We’re very proud of what this community is achieving with the support of our funding and have no doubt that this will be an inspiration to other villages across the UK when the TV series airs this summer.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark Cotton permalink
    11 May 2011 7:58 am

    “It was an amazing day. The sun shone on the Village SOS bunting as it fluttered in the breeze. The crowds gathered throughout the afternoon as the bands played, young children and older folks alike, sat on the grass soaking up the chilled atmosphere and the sweet harmonies of Marthas & Arthurs and Dry The River before The Magic Numbers got everyone to their feet. Laura Marling taking us into the evening before headliner Damien Rice took to the stage to mesmerize the crowd, just him and his guitar and some beautiful tunes. 

    The real highlights of the day for me were chatting backstage with Laura Marling about her recent Brit Award, sitting on the grass with Damien Rice explaining why he’s not toured for three years and having a beer with Romeo from the Magic Numbers after the show. But the ultimate buzz was getting on stage at the very end to thank everyone for supporting Honeyfest and Village SOS.

    All in all a fantastic day out, the first proper music festival of the year, and it all took place in front of 1250 people in the back garden of a Wiltshire pub, but not just any pub, this was the Village SOS funded Barge Inn!”

  2. 9 September 2013 4:23 pm

    Reblogged this on sandrabhatia.

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