91 year old Alderman of the Borough of Broxtowe, Tom Martin CdeG, and Freeman of the Borough, Barbara Brooke, have raised a toast to the success of the borough’s Hemlock Happening at Castle Rock Brewery with Colin Wilde, the marketing director. Tom and Barbara have been on the event’s steering group since it was introduced in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Castle Rock has sponsored the event since 2003 and is nowadays the main business sponsor.
The Hemlock Happening is a live extravaganza of music, dance and ‘hands on’ creative, community and sporting activities on Bramcote Hills Park, on Saturday 6th June. The free event is organised by the communities of Bramcote and Stapleford in partnership with Broxtowe Borough Council.
Field activities take place in zoned areas from 1.00pm until 5.00pm including arts workshops, have-a-go sporting opportunities, free climbing walls, dance workshops, environmental themed areas and much more. In the walled garden a live music and dance stage boasts performances from 9 local schools, youth groups, and community groups and bands. The event finishes with a spectacular fireworks display at 10.30pm – set off in the shadow of the Hemlock Stone.
The opportunity for partnership with the brewery was spotted when the steering group identified the link between the real ale ‘Hemlock Bitter’ named after the Hemlock Stone – the inspiration for the event’s title. Castle Rock Brewery contributes £500 to the event and, through profits from the bar it arranges, makes a further contribution from the proceeds.