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Housebuilder helps lay foundations for a fantastic festival!

Crowds gathered to enjoy the festivities at a village festival which returned for its second year to provide a fun day out and raise money for good causes.

Papplewick Village Fayre – known as PappFest – was held on Saturday (August 31) in the fields next to the village church.

The festival’s platinum sponsor this year was Bellway East Midlands, which is building new homes at its nearby Sherwood Gate development and donated £500 towards the event.

Numerous activities took place across the day including a bicycle race, a dog show and a tug of war, plus stage performances from a school dance group and bands, Area 51 and The Beatless.

There was also plenty of activities available for the kids, as swing boats, a vintage carousel, pony rides, and mountain bike skills training were all being offered.

One of the organisers of the festival, Carolyn Hesketh, said:

“There are only three of us who organise the festival, so we rely heavily on outside help from volunteers and sponsors.

“The £500 donation given to us by Bellway has acted as a safety net for the event. We were able to pay the up-front costs that go along with hosting the festival and it gave us a base so we knew we could go ahead with the event no matter what.”

Last year the festival managed to raise £3,935 that went to good causes local to Papplewick, and this year organisers hope takings will repeat this success.

Bellway’s new homes at Sherwood Gate are located off Papplewick Lane, just down the road from where the festival took place.

Sales Director for Bellway East Midlands, Carolyne Watkinson, said:

“We were delighted to be the festival’s platinum sponsor this year and to see how much our funding has helped.

“As a local housebuilder, we feel it is very important to support projects in the nearby community.

“Papplewick Village Fayre is a really worthwhile cause as not only does it provide a fun day out for all the family, but also raises much-needed funds for local charities such as Engage food bank and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.”

For more information about the new homes at Bellway’s Sherwood Gate development, visit

Picture caption: (Left to right) Event organisers, Jules Salmons, Carolyn Hesketh and Helen Guyler with Bellway’s Heidi Higgins

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