Some of the proceeds from last year’s Upton Noble Beer Festival have been used to buy a set of books for Upton Noble Primary School that are designed especially for boys. A donation of £500, enabled the head of school, Emma-Louise James, to purchase 65 books in the Project X series. 

I had already purchased the series for years 3 and 4, but this money has enabled us to buy additional sets for years 1, 5 and 6,” said Emma-Louise. “We’ve found them to produce excellent results with the children and are delighted to now have a full set. They will help to ensure that the children can meet the needs of the new national curriculum, as well as the stories being aimed mainly at boys. Reading for pleasure is so important and it is the way we create the next generation of good writers. It also enables children to develop their imaginations.” 

Dan Hurring, chairman of Upton Noble Beer Festival, said: “As always we’re delighted to be able to use the proceeds from our wonderful village event to benefit the young people in our community. The school and our beer festival enjoy extremely close ties, and knowing that our money is helping children improve their reading is incredibly satisfying.”

This year’s Upton Noble Beer Festival will be held on 1-2 September, with the 2017 Uptonogood Cider Launch on 15 April.  

Entry to the Cider Launch is £4 per person. Anyone wanting to buy a case of Uptonogood Cider will get one bottle free. Cases cost £27.50. Details from John White, email:, or Dan Hurring, email: