Village festival finishes after ten years

Village festival finishes after ten years

Village festival finishes after ten years

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A POPULAR music festival at a pub in Stokenchurch was held for the tenth and final time.

The Fleur De Lis started FleurFest by putting on a hog roast and a band, but it has steadily grown over the years.

At the last FleurFest on July 26 about 3,000 people attended and there were eight bands performing.

But landlady Nicola Nuthall, who runs the pub with her partner, Andy Wimbush, said that will be the last one.

She said: "It is a big event to organise. Because we do it for free we don't particularly make any profit out of it.

"We wanted to do our ten years to say we have been here ten years.

"It has been great fun. I like doing stuff with the community any way. I am from Stokenchurch- I was born here."

Nicola said as the event is held on common land next to the pub, there is nothing to stop people bringing their own alcohol.

The festival was usually held on fête day, which is where it all began but this year it was held a bit later.

Nicola said: "This is the first year we haven't done it on the same day as the fête.

"We had to get a special licence this year for the amount of people. It took extra time to get that sorted.

"It started off as a bit of a jolly and turned into tons and tons of paperwork."

She said they would love to do it again one day.

Nicola added: "We wanted to go out in style. It was a very pleasant day for everybody."

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6:34pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Yellowlutherblissett says...

I wonder if this is anything to do with drunken thugs spoiling the event in recent years?
I wonder if this is anything to do with drunken thugs spoiling the event in recent years? Yellowlutherblissett
  • Score: 9

6:43pm Tue 5 Aug 14

West-country girl says...

Good..... It's been attracting trouble for the last few years. Sadly attended by too many local idiots.
Good..... It's been attracting trouble for the last few years. Sadly attended by too many local idiots. West-country girl
  • Score: 7

7:08pm Tue 5 Aug 14

EricBrown says...

I think Nicola should be commended for her hard work and effort she has put into this event. There are many thousand people that have enjoyed the event. It is probably wise that it finishes as it has grown to be hugely successful and perhaps now is more suited to a field away from the centre of the village. The event is managed well, one cannot say it isn't, but if you live within half a mile of the village centre you have 'no choice' but to be subjected to the music. The reason i feel it should end is that the volume of people it attracts. Unfortunately, you now also get the louts, troublemakers, drunks getting tanked up and a few ruining it for everyone else. The litter in the village is incredible, though to be fair the clean up operation is very good. Last year after the event there was a drug related stabbing in the village, this year someone was attacked at beaten up and ended up in hospital with a broken ankle. Obviously no direct link to the Fleur, just the idiots who can't control their booze / drugs. I do feel an event this big does attract some lowlife amongst the decent folk who enjoy the music.

Nicola and The Fleur should be congratulated on their achievements over the last ten years. It's too easy for trolls to criticise. This has been a successful event that thousands have enjoyed. But it now needs a bigger stage away from a residential village centre. Maybe Nicola should consider turning her undoubted talents into becoming the Michael Eavis of Stokenchurch on a nearby field out of the village ???
I think Nicola should be commended for her hard work and effort she has put into this event. There are many thousand people that have enjoyed the event. It is probably wise that it finishes as it has grown to be hugely successful and perhaps now is more suited to a field away from the centre of the village. The event is managed well, one cannot say it isn't, but if you live within half a mile of the village centre you have 'no choice' but to be subjected to the music. The reason i feel it should end is that the volume of people it attracts. Unfortunately, you now also get the louts, troublemakers, drunks getting tanked up and a few ruining it for everyone else. The litter in the village is incredible, though to be fair the clean up operation is very good. Last year after the event there was a drug related stabbing in the village, this year someone was attacked at beaten up and ended up in hospital with a broken ankle. Obviously no direct link to the Fleur, just the idiots who can't control their booze / drugs. I do feel an event this big does attract some lowlife amongst the decent folk who enjoy the music. Nicola and The Fleur should be congratulated on their achievements over the last ten years. It's too easy for trolls to criticise. This has been a successful event that thousands have enjoyed. But it now needs a bigger stage away from a residential village centre. Maybe Nicola should consider turning her undoubted talents into becoming the Michael Eavis of Stokenchurch on a nearby field out of the village ??? EricBrown
  • Score: 9

10:16pm Tue 5 Aug 14

bayriver says...

The stabbing was a family fued that had nothing to do with the fleur, it was just a coincidence and it also happened 3/4 of a mile away, and this year an altercation between a wedding guest from the kings got involved with a couple of local ****. Nicola has organised this whole event in my opinion without blemish and deserves to make a profit from such a huge event which sadly im led to believe does not happen because most of the locals would rather take there own drink instead of supporting her business. And then would moan like hell if she closed the door on them in the future. I went to school with nicola and im pleased that her and her partner make the fleur work. Too many local pubs are lost and its easy to see why when the so called locals are too tight to dip into their own pockets. I guarantee if she charged 10 pounds a ticket most of the locals would not turn up !
The stabbing was a family fued that had nothing to do with the fleur, it was just a coincidence and it also happened 3/4 of a mile away, and this year an altercation between a wedding guest from the kings got involved with a couple of local ****. Nicola has organised this whole event in my opinion without blemish and deserves to make a profit from such a huge event which sadly im led to believe does not happen because most of the locals would rather take there own drink instead of supporting her business. And then would moan like hell if she closed the door on them in the future. I went to school with nicola and im pleased that her and her partner make the fleur work. Too many local pubs are lost and its easy to see why when the so called locals are too tight to dip into their own pockets. I guarantee if she charged 10 pounds a ticket most of the locals would not turn up ! bayriver
  • Score: 0

6:31am Wed 6 Aug 14

retchub says...

well done nicola and andy for all your hard work over past 10years.
well done nicola and andy for all your hard work over past 10years. retchub
  • Score: 0

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