Our Supported Charities
year we support charitable and other organisations.
a few main named ones each
year, both national and local.
Our two charities for this year
Leicestershire Citizens Advice Bureau
The Citizens Advice service offers practical, up-to-date information and advice on a wide range of topics, including; debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems.
Advice is available to everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, disability or religion.
Citizens Advice for Leicestershire have a number of offices and outreach venues. We cover
Blaby, Market Harborough, Coalville, Melton Mowbray, Hinckley, South
Wigston, Leicester and Lutterworth. Every year our free, independent and confidential citizens advice helps over 2 million people across the country and our campaigns for better policies benefit even more.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian church worshipping and working in 126 countries and has more than 800 local churches in the UK and Ireland.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we will be a Spirit-filled, radical growing movement with a burning desire to lead people into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, actively serve the community, and fight for social justice.
A Little About Shackerstone Family Festival
the Money Raised from it...
Whilst attention is turning to the
2013 Family Festival, allow us to give you an update on what happened after the
In its 18th year the Festival was host to a varied selection of visiting attractions throughout the weekend.
On the canal an armada of some 70 plus visiting boats were on show with more than 30 historic narrowboats gracing the banks of the Ashby. Back on dry land there was a vast collection of vintage vehicles. Over 200 classic cars visited the Festival over the weekend with a smattering of commercial trucks, motorbikes and military vehicles. A popular part of both days was the arena parade of vintage tractors, while keeping the grass down on the entrance to the festival was the noise and fury of the qualifying heats of the North West Lawn Mowers Racing Grand
In the three arenas over the two day event were The Chariots of Fire horse riding display, Fingle Dingle and his clown crime wave, Jason Smyths adrenaline stunt bike show, Wild West gun slingers and their encampment, horsemanship demonstrations, birds of prey, duck herding and last but not least a few marching bands. One of the great thrills of the 2012 was on Saturday when the RAF displayed their
Spitfire transport plane to entertain us from above.
Music in the beer tent came from the award winning Phase One steel band, meanwhile kids busied themselves in the Shackiesaurus Children’s Club or on the fairground rides. The craft tent was packed with a variety of handmade food and gifts.
At Shackerstone Station steam trains were departing throughout the day, with Great Western Railway engine 3803 taking the strain. There was also steam on the Festival field in the guise of tractions engines. There were ten steam engines ranging from miniature to full size tractions engines and steam rollers.
Moneys raised from the 2012
Festival were distributed among our nominated charities, which
were the Macmillan Cancer Support,
LOROS Hospice care for Leicestershire & Rutland
and Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air
Ambulance. The Ashby Canal Restoration, Battlefield Railway Line and both Shackerstone and Congerstone Village
Projects also received donations.
2011 Festival 2011
Since the Festival, all the profits have been distributed to many worthy causes, including donations to the Air Ambulance, LOROS (the Leicestershire and Rutland Organisation for the Relief of Suffering), Ashby Canal Restoration, Battlefield Railway Line and both Shackerstone and Congerstone Village Projects.
At the Festival itself, there was a good turn out of stands attending even in these austere times we live in. A further 20 stands were also in attendance raising monies for various charities and other projects.
On the canal there was 46 working boats and 95 visiting boats making the Canal festival one of the best supported in the country. 2011 also saw the largest number of exhibits ever achieved at the family Festival with over 450 vehicles of differing shapes, sizes ages and interest on display.
As for the entertainment the crowds were treated to a wide variety of acts either in the air, in the main arena on in specialist arenas around the Festival grounds.
The 2010 Festival
A record attendance for both days at the Festival
was the reward for all the hard work contributed by the volunteers of the committee and
other assisting members of the public.
At the Festival itself, there was a dip in the number
of stands attending from the previous year confirming the austere times we live in.
However those attending required larger frontage of space than ever achieved in the
previous sixteen years of the Festival. A further 20 stands were also in attendance
raising monies for various charities and other projects.
Many caravans and tents in the riverside field with
their occupants enjoying a great weekend of activities and events. On the canal there was
43 historic working boats and 75 visiting boats making the Canal festival one of the best
supported in the country. 2010 also saw the largest number of exhibits ever achieved at
the family Festival with over 400 vehicles of differing shapes, sizes ages and interest on
...and not forgetting there were the RAF Red
Arrows giving a full display!
So where did Shackerstone
Family Festival donate its money to?
Since the Festival, over £18,000 has been
distributed to many worthy causes, including donations to the Peter Le Marchant Trust
based in Loughborough - providing outings and holidays on waterways for people of all ages
with any kind of disability or serious illness and the National Autistic Society -
providing individuals with help and support and the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust
towards their national memorial visitor education centre appeal.
Other monies have been distributed to The Ashby Canal
association towards further reopening of the canal and the two nearby Villages where
donations have been made towards various parish projects including St Peters Church,
Shackerstone and St Marys Church, Congerstone towards maintenance of the church structures
and donations to the Village halls in both Shackerstone and Congerstone towards the
running and maintenance of the halls.
The Battlefield Line Railway used their monies raised
towards the reopening of Market Bosworth railway station having stood neglected
,abandoned, ignored and overgrown for the past 15 years. After many hours of hard work
this is the first time that visitors will have had total access to Bosworth station since
the Railway Society was formed and have never been able to park cars any where near the
Station. It means that residents of Market Bosworth have their Station back and can walk
or drive down the hill out of town and catch a scheduled train service for the first time
since the station closed to passengers in 1931.
Other previous recipients of donations from the Shackerstone Family Festival have
Peter Le Marchant
Trust, The National Autistic Society, Wish Upon A Star, Leicester Childrens Holiday
Home, Oxfam, R.N.L.I., BBC Children in Need, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Rainbow
Childrens Hospice - Loughborough, Brain Tumour Research in Children Project at
Queens Medical Centre Nottingham, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, The
Firemens Benevolent Fund, Wildlife Hospital, St Johns Ambulance, RADAR, The
Spitfire Society, Bedford Ferret Welfare, Nuneaton Dog Handlers Club, Ashby Day
Nursery, Market Bosworth Playgroup, Thringstone Scout Group, The Diana - Princess of Wales
Memorial Fund, Congerstone County Primary School, Cancer Research UK, Leicester
Childrens Holiday Home, St Giles Hospice, The British Red Cross,
SPOCC, The Laura
Centre, The Royal British Legion,
Macmillan Cancer Support, LOROS Hospice care for Leicestershire & Rutland
and Derbyshire Leicestershire Rutland Air