Big music names barge into a village pub!
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.”
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.”