GLOBAL Gathering helped raise £21,750 for charities in South Warwickshire this year.
The dance music festival, which attracted more than 50,000 people to Long Marston Airfield back in July, collects money for charity through VIP tickets and discount tickets to residents.
And organisers presented cheques to 29 local projects and charities including The Shakespeare Hospice, Warwickshire & Northampton Air Ambulance, Guide Dogs for the Blind and Stratford’s Riding for the Disabled recently.
The money will also be used to help fund medical equipment, community first responders groups, improvements to community buildings and shops, as well as a host of beaver and scout groups, primary schools and sports clubs.
But in October this year, organisers of the annual dance music festival at Long Marston Airfield issued a statement on their website saying the festival would ‘take a break’ in 2015.
It read: “After 13 years of delivering one of the UK’s most successful electronic dance music events, the promoters of the GlobalGathering UK festival have decided that the festival will take a break in 2015 in order for all elements of the show to be reviewed ensuring GG remains at the heart of the UK dance market.”
Coun Mike Brain, who set up a relationship with the festival back in 2006, thanked the organisers for their support over the years.
He said: “It really is incredible the difference it’s made to so many who would have struggled to keep local groups and projects going without the injection of funds.”
Commenting on the decision to cancel the festival next year, he added: “This appears to be the end of an era with house building threatening the very existence of events and local employment at the airfield.
“Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to show our gratitude for the financial support given by Global Gathering to charities and projects during the many years we have worked together.”
The full list of charities/projects given money by Global Gathering:
Quinton Nosh & Natter £1,000
Quinton Newsletter £500
Long Marston Speed Visor £1000
Warwickshire & Northampton Air Ambulance £750
Shakespeare Hospice £750
Community First Responders £1,000
Dorsington New Village Bench £750
Long Marston Village Hall £1,000
Welford Millennium Trust £250
1st Welford on Avon cub scout group £750
1st Welford on Avon Brownies £500
Stratford Riding for the disabled £750
Poppin Community Shop £1,000
Quinton Youth Club £500
Quinton School £750
Pebworth Oil Syndicate Group £1,000
Pebworth Village Hall £500
Guide Dogs for the Blind Association £750
Welford Primary School £750
Long Marston New Notice Board£ 500
Quinton Village Hall £500
St James the Great Church £750
St Swithins Church, Lower Quinton £1,000
St Mary’s Church, Preston on Stour £1,000
Quinton Glebe Allotments £500
Tree planting scheme at Pebworth £250
Clifford Chambers St Helen’s Church £1,000
Bidford New Medical Centre £1,000
Friends of Bidford Health Centre Trust £1,000
Meon Medical Centre £1,000