Small villages in south eastern Warwickshire may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of music festivals, but Kineton could easily change that. On 29th June the Kineton Sports and Social Club held their Kineton Music Festival, the first of its kind in their village. Aside from simply being a fun community event, it was also staged in aid of Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Myton Hospice, raising a combined £6,100 for the charities.
In service since 2003, the WNAA flies an average of three rescue missions daily and operates 365 days a year. The average cost of each mission is £1,400, and since they receive no governmen funding, major fundraising efforts are needed to keep their helicopter flying. The WNAA was one of the first air ambulances to carry doctors on board along with paramedics, and they aim to have doctors on as many flights as possible to continue their mission “to provide patients with the most advanced pre-hospital care available.”
While the main goal of the free community service is “to save lives and improve patient outcomes by way of rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies,” the WNAA also feels their commitment to the areas they serve in other ways. They work with career academies and local universities and colleges to provide volunteer and internship opportunities to students and graduates. And, every team member from pilots to paramedics is encouraged to share their expertise in the field, and several of them serve on a variety of councils, community groups and advisory boards.
Myton Hospice opened in 1982 and provides “high quality, specialist care to people whose condition no longer responds to curative treatment, from diagnosis to death.” The hospice, serving Warwickshire and Coventry, supports families during and after the patient’s care, and also trains other care providers in good palliative care methods.
The festival featured performances from 11 acts, including Soweto based acapella group Africa Entsha, rock band Pavilion, ukulele group Stratford Strummers, The Hangover Blues Band, and festival headliner Special Brew, an eight piece 2-Tone ska band from Coventry. There were also several food stalls, vendors and children’s activities to keep everyone happy between bands.
To advertise, the club dropped leaflets around town, put up posters and had spots on local radio. Organiser Huw Rees says the key to festival preparation is as basic as it comes, but very necessary. “It needs a lot of organisation and it pays to double check the details.”