PEVFEST organisers have presented cash to charities and announced the music event will return next year.
Residents and businesses feared the free charity event may not take place in 2012, after there were reports of alcohol-fuelled violence and arrests by police. However, organisers this week confirmed they are planning to run the community event next year and are calling on members of the community to help. This year’s Pevfest took place in July and crowds flocked to the day of entertainment and family fun. There was a parade through the village and then 50 local bands and musicians played in the pubs of Pevensey and Pevensey Bay. Each year, Pevfest donates money to selected charities and around £9,000 was raised this year. The Pevensey Bay Information Centre, Pevensey Community Action Group and East Sussex Disability Association each received £1,700.
The information centre will use the money to help towards the running costs for the centre, which includes driving local people to medical appointments. Pevensey Community Action Group will put the money towards projects for young people in the area and East Sussex Disability Association will use the money to support outings for around 35 disabled members who live locally. St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Beachy Head Chaplaincy and Macmillan Cancer Support also received £200 each from Pevfest funds.
Shirley MacKinnon, one of the organisers, said, “An event for next year is planned which will be aimed at families with a revised approach to the music. There will of course be a very clear focus on the chosen charities.
“Planning will take on board the concerns felt about the day this year and will include taking advice as well as considering how the day is publicised and re-focus the events of the day. Improved car parking facilities will also be considered.”
Anyone interested in helping organise the event is asked to call the Pevfest committee on 461692.