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Martha’s Music on the Farm was a great success!

Back after being cancelled last year due to COVID19, Music on the Farm 2021, a fabulous one day festival in aid of Martha Trust took place in the fields of Solley’s Ice Cream Parlour in Ripple on Sunday June 27th. The festival was run under Step 3 restrictions on the Government roadmap out of lockdown which included 50 % capacity and one way systems in place plus groups of no more than 30.

A host of local acts performed a variety of musical styles from modern hits to bluesy beats, Rock to Funky House.

The line up included Sarah Banks, Your Shout, Gypskazz, Andy Lawrence and brand new for this year, Fnkhaus, PLAY and The Martellos joined the line up.

Entertainer & Singer Miss Sarah Banks took  to the stage compere the day and the Auction was undertaken by Richard Sirot from Deal Radio who were also broadcasting live from the event. There were also dance sets from Dean Academy of Performing Arts. Sharon Powell was the official photographer for the day

Director of Solley’s Keith Morrison said, “Solley’s are long term supporters of Martha Trust and we are delighted to have worked with Martha on Music on the Farm. It was a huge success and raised lots of valuable income for an incredibly worthy cause. It was a cracking day out”

Guests enjoyed picnics whilst also sampling the delicious treats on offer from the various onsite vendors which included GinSane, a premium Gin Bar, Drink Outside the Box, LillyRoos, Real Deal Roasters and Rent a Bar.

Daisy Kitchen  served delicious  food, The Larder served lovely Vegan and Vege food whilst Dough Dough Pizza and Winnie & Flo  had tasty treats too.

There was plenty to keep the kids busy too with six hours of children’s entertainment organised by Events Planner Lizzie Willis including storytelling and games, Happily Ever After storytime ,entertainment by Little Artists and Maddie4Music plus more.  There was also Face Painting by Summer Faces and Main Sponsor Superior Healthcare.

New for this year, Mobiloo attended which  made the event totally accessible for all thanks to a grant from Deal Town Council.

All vendors gave 20% of their sales back to Martha. The event has been sponsored by some fantastic businesses including Solleys Ice-cream, Superior Healthcare, Agents Giving who supplied a grant to KCB Property Rentals, Jenkinson Estates, Deal Rental Bureau, Bloody Mary’s, Cook Fabrications, Postage Supermarket, SMET Training, Hardmans Solicitors who have chosen Martha as their Charity of the Year ,Premier Signs & Graphics, Marc One Security, Roger J Goldfinch & Sons & Mark One Sound & Light plus many other companies giving gifts in kind to make the day possible.

Kerry Banks BEM, Fundraising & Events Officer for Martha Trust says” After an incredibly challenging year due to Covid19, we were really excited to be working with Solley’s Farm Ice cream again this year, especially with them being long term supporters of Martha. Despite the rain, it was fabulous to see people still having fun. A HUGE Thank you to all our amazing Volunteers, Sponsors, Vendors and Musicians and to each and every one of you that attended the event.”

Lizzie Willis says “This event never fails to be such fun for all the family and I cannot think of a more deserving charity to help raise funds for.  It was such fun – the children have such a fantastic time at this event and it was so safe and well organised”

Sophie Conner – Marketing & Communications for Main Sponsor Superior Healthcare “Superior Healthcare is really excited to be sponsoring Martha Trust’s ‘Music on the Farm’ event this year. We’re proud to have such a meaningful relationship with a like-minded organisation, and are so happy that we can give back something to the community, especially given how difficult the recent months have been.”

Katie Morrison, Director- Solley’s Ice Cream “Once again we are incredibly proud to be part of Music on the Farm. Martha is an extremely important local charity which are delighted to be long-term supporters of plus we love visitors on our farm- this event really is the highlight of our year!”

The event raised over £24,500 which will go directly to the care of the young people and adults with profound disabilities at Martha Trust.

The date has been set for Sunday June 26th 2022 so if your business would like to support it , please get in touch with Kerry on 01304 610448 or email fundraising@marthatrust.org.uk .