Last weekend saw the 6th annual Godalming Staycation Live festival held at the Jack Philips Memorial Garden. The free festival has fast become a firm favourite for locals and it’s clear to see why! This laid back family friendly weekend festival offers a diverse line-up of expertly compared live music, dancers, cabaret performers, arts activities, children’s rides, arts activities and a great range of tasty street food…all this while the Little Beer Corporation bar kept the beer flowing and the cocktails coming.
Six years ago two local brothers Sam and Tom Allen had the idea of organising a music event for the community at a time when purse strings were tight across the UK and not everyone could afford to get away on holiday. Their winning combination of hard work, excellent taste in music and passion for great beer has sparked more and more support from the community, local independent companies, and Godalming Town Council. This year the main stage was kindly sponsored by AXTELL and the Children’s Area sponsored by Bo & Bear, a delightful independent baby and toddler clothing shop based in Church Street, Godalming. With ever growing success the festival has been able to support a nominated local charity in recent years and this year supported the Meath Epilepsy Charity who are based just a stone’s throw away from the festival site. With their two innovative social enterprises ARTHOUSE MEATH and Changing Perceptions on Godalming High Street the Meath are a key part of the Godalming community.
The Meath Epilepsy Charity were at the festival celebrating their 125th anniversary with a birthday party themed stall for children. Many little festival goers visited the Meath’s Birthday party tent to decorate a party hat and enjoy a cupcake for a donation to the charity. The Meath’s aim is to enhance the lives of people living with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities by offering a personalised pathway of care and support. Residents are encouraged to, acquire and develop new skills and to live life as independently as possible.
Helen Jackson, Community Fundraiser at the Meath Epilepsy Charity commented “we had a great time talking to festival goers about the Meath and our two wonderful social enterprises while the little ones enjoyed making their festival party hats. We really value support from our wonderful local community and being chosen as charity of the year meant that we were able to let so many people know that they can support the Meath simply by enjoying coffee and cake at Changing Perceptions or visiting ARTHOUSE MEATH for a birthday card and giftware.