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Business community rises to the Phoenix Festival challenge

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 13 July 2017 7:55

Business community rises to the Phoenix Festival challenge

Five years of the Phoenix Festival was celebrated in Cirencester with a party thrown by the Cirencester Community Development trust. 

The town’s business community was invited to a special evening on Thursday 29th of June at The Vaults, now part of The Golden farm pub, with live music from the town’s globe-trotting folk act The Black Feathers, as well as delicious spicy snacks and from Loaded Grill – the Cirencester’s peri peri restaurant.

The Cirencester Community Development Trust are the original backers of the annual festival and wanted to share its past glories and look to secure its future as a free music event.

Pictued above: The Black Feathers, Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler.

“The night was a great success and we have had interest from many in the room in supporting the festival for years to come,” said CCDT’s Andy Lennard.

“Glen Moreman and the team have done a fantastic job and we know it will be a hit this summer but if we want it to continue we must look for investment both financial and in the shape of volunteers who can carry it on into year six.”

Pictured: Jonathan Davies, Cllr Mark Harris, Cllr David Fowles and Simon Gordon Walker.

Pictured above: Cllr Claire Bloomer and Foyez Rahman.

Pictured above: Des Coates, Simon Thomson and Thomas Gavan.

The Phoenix Festival is two days of music, dance and family fun and is one of the best free summer events in the Cotswold’s calendar.

It is held within the historic setting of the Abbey Grounds in Cirencester where it attracts thousands of people over the August Bank Holiday weekend of August 26 and 27 (11am to 10pm).

The festival is completely organised by volunteers and is the brainchild of Ozone Youth Club. It also has the much needed and appreciated support and guidance from the Cirencester Community Development Trust and the Town Council.

The Cirencester Community Development Trust was established in 2012 with the aim “to facilitate the economic and community life of the people of Cirencester and the surrounding area” through joined up thinking and partnership working.

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