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| April 22, 2015
Aylsham Round Table annual beer festival at the Old Cinema which raises money for various local charities. Pictured from left Poppy Hall, Alexandra Wilson, Natasha Brown and Wendy Walker.</p><br /><br />
<p>Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

 

 

 

Aylsham Round Table annual beer festival at the Old Cinema which raises money for various local charities. Pictured from left Poppy Hall, Alexandra Wilson, Natasha Brown and Wendy Walker.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

 

 

 

Real ale lovers young and old will be able to sample some of Norfolk’s finest brews at a special anniversary charity beer festival today.

 
Aylsham Round Table annual beer festival at the Old Cinema which raises money for various local charities. James Marks of the Aylsham round table.</p><br /><br />
<p>Picture: MARK BULLIMOREAylsham Round Table annual beer festival at the Old Cinema which raises money for various local charities. James Marks of the Aylsham round table. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The Aylsham beer festival, which is in its 10th year, features 35 real ales and 15 ciders and raises hundreds of pounds for local charities.

Organised by the Aylsham and District Round Table group, the annual event at the town’s old cinema on Cawston Road has so far raised between £40,000 and £50,000 for local causes since its small beginnings.

The opening night on Friday raised £2,000 and it continues today between 11am and 3pm.

Paul Wright, 33, from Spixworth, who is vice-chairman of Aylsham and District Round Table, said: “Everyone is really pleased with it. Every year we try to get local breweries involved.

“A lot of people are pleased with the beer selection this year. They don’t want to get the same stuff that they can get in the pub.

“The beer festival is good for the local economy because it promotes local beers.

“A lot more younger people are coming to the beer festival now. We are seeing a real swing in the age group coming to the event.

“We have been blessed with the weather this weekend.”

Norfolk brewers at the festival include Humpty Dumpty, Panther, Buffys and Woodfordes.

Brian Curson, a retired production controller from Burgh Road in Aylsham, was at the event yesterday and has been attending the festival since it started.

He said: “It is nice to have a local festival.”

In the past the annual weekend event has raised £3,500 for new toilets at the old cinema venue.

The round table group now wants to raise money for a new kitchen in the building, which will cost £4,000.

Members have also donated money to the federation of North Walsham Junior, Infant School and Nursery after a mobile classroom was vandalised last year.

As well as that, the round table organisation, for adults aged 18-45, financially support Aylsham Youth Football Team, North Walsham Rugby Club and Holt Rugby Club.

To join the Aylsham round table group or find out more visit www.aylshamroundtable.co.uk or call Mr Wright on 07768817657.

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