Beer festival tribute to Woodford club stalwart

Phill Lincoln, Tom York, Katie Farmer with Alfie Farmer, 10 months, Jacqui Armsden', Barrie Armsden, Wayne Judkins (organiser), Diane Linger (new stewardess) and Karen Borrett
Phill Lincoln, Tom York, Katie Farmer with Alfie Farmer, 10 months, Jacqui Armsden', Barrie Armsden, Wayne Judkins (organiser), Diane Linger (new stewardess) and Karen Borrett

Members of a social club in a Northamptonshire village have paid a fitting tribute to one of the faces of the club who died last month.

Bev Peacock had been a stewardess at the Woodford Club for more than a decade-and-a-half before she passed away at the age of 54.

A fundraising beer festival was held in her honour last weekend to raise money for the Finedon Ward and Kidney Centre at Northampton General Hospital.

Bev had been instrumental in pushing the idea that the club should host a beer festival – and after she passed away fellow club members decided to ensure that she would get her wish.

Organisers have also said they will make the tribute an annual event – and hope it will become bigger and better with each passing year as a fitting tribute to a club stalwart.

The club’s secretary and beer festival organiser Wayne Judkins said: “Bev had been here pretty much since it started as the Woodford Club.”

The club has existed in its present form for just over two decades, and Mr Judkins added: “She was our stewardess for 16 years – this was like her second home.

“Before she passed away we were talking about doing a beer festival, so we decided to carry it on and put her name on it. It’s going to be our little tribute.”

Mr Judkins said he was pleased with how the beer festival had gone.

Almost 200 people attended the event, which took place on Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19.

Live music entertained the crowds on the Friday and there was also a range of outdoor fun and games on the Saturday.