A NEW music festival aimed at raising money for a village football club, was hailed a success after selling out.

Music lovers descended on Crowmarsh Gifford, near Wallingford, for Crowfest, which took place on the Crowmarsh Recreation Ground off Benson Lane.

The inaugural event, on Friday, saw revellers queueing up to back the event in aid of Crowmarsh Youth Football Club.

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The festival also doubled as a celebration of the club before it merges with Wallingford Town AFC next year.

It was headlined by Didcot indie band, C U Tuesday, as well as singer-songwriter Adam Isaac, who featured on BBC's The Voice in 2012, and DJ Richard Strange.

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Jake Ramshaw, the club's event lead, came up with the idea in September last year and said it could become an annual event.

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The club also organised for The Keep, a licensed bar, to attended as well as having a barbecue, family-friendly entertainment such as a bouncy castle and other refreshment and food stalls.

Richard Eltham, chairman of the football club, said the event was "amazing" and raised "significant funds" for the club. 

Herald Series: Football club chairman Richard Eltham with event organisers Laura Lynch and Jake Ramshaw (Picture: David Willerton)Football club chairman Richard Eltham with event organisers Laura Lynch and Jake Ramshaw (Picture: David Willerton)

"That was some weekend," he said. "A massive thank you from me to each and everyone of you that gave up your time over the weekend.

"We have raised some significant funds for the club to enable us to continue providing football for all at low cost."


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This story was written by Gee Harland, she joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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