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Axbridge Pageant receives £2,000 business boost

Every ten years the town square of Axbridge becomes a massive open-air theatre where the past 2,000 years of history is dramatically brought to life in front of around 2,000 people over three days.

So it was entirely fitting that the local business community has played a big part in making next year’s pageant a reality by donating £2,000 - raised by social activities in the town. The shot below shows John Bailey (centre) the Pageant’s artistic director, receiving a giant cheque for £2,000 from officers of the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce: left to right - Rose McDonald, Pat Filer, Liz Scott and Mike Sartain.

Says John: “Putting on the Pageant is a hugely costly affair - not least finding multiple costumes for the 300+ local people who take part! The generous support of the Axbridge Chamber of Commerce will play a big part in making next year’s event possible.”

Mayhem groove the night away at Pageant fundraising event

Saturday 1st June in the Town Hall was the setting for a musical fundraiser… the evening proving a great success with all attending having a groovy time listening and dancing to Mayhem. This was despite attendance at the event being lower than hoped for, due to the clash with the UEFA champions League Final that happened on the same night… we need to be more mindful of the times we host events for the future! A big thanks to all in Mayhem for a great night out and for their support for the Pageant fundraising! Also - big thanks to a wonderful support act early in the evening.

We raised over £552 towards the pageant and much of this was from the proceeds from the raffle. A big thanks goes out to all of the local businesses who contributed prizes (see below). Some of the prizes were drawn on this evening and some will be held over for the future benefit event planned for 12th October where the fabulous Stop Cocks will be entertaining us.

Thanks to the following businesses for their generous raffle prizes:

  • The Oak House
  • ACutAbove
  • Somerset Charcuterie
  • The Almshouse
  • Maunders DIY
  • The Roxy Cinema
  • The Lamb Inn
  • Axbridge Chemists
  • Cheddar Ales
  • Cheddar Gorge & Caves