#OXBF18 Statement [1st December 2017]

Jess Productions Limited was the producer of the Oxted Beer & Music Festival in 2017. Before that, Jess Productions' (managing director), Sam Hasler, produced the Oxted Beer Festival in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Jess Productions had planned to produce an even better event in Master Park in 2018.

Last week, after launching our pre-registration page and announcing that tickets were going on sale on the 7th December, we received a letter from a firm of solicitors acting for free on behalf of the Oxted and Limpsfield Community Sports Association (OLCSA).

Amongst other things, this letter claimed that all rights in the Oxted Beer Festival/Oxted Beer and Music Festival (including the brand) are owned by OLCSA. The letter made clear that OLCSA may take legal action against Jess Productions if it organised its planned event in 2018.

Jess Productions took legal advice after receiving the letter, from a firm of solicitors specialising in the area of live events and branding. Jess Productions was advised it was in a strong position.

However, it is with much sadness that we have to inform you that the Oxted Beer and Music Festival 2018 has now been cancelled. We believe it would be irresponsible for Jess Productions to proceed with an event that could become subject to expensive litigation. In the worst case, legal action could lead to cancellation of the event after tickets have gone on sale. At the very least any legal action would involve a lot of time and cost meaning Jess Productions would have less time to deliver a great event and would be unable to make significant contributions to local causes*.

We are sorry to all those who have already pre-registered for tickets for 2018 and are overwhelmed with the number of people who clearly have faith in what we can deliver. However, we believe this is the only sensible course of action. We can confirm that email addresses for those pre-registering will not be stored.

Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and to everyone who has supported the Oxted Beer Festival and the Oxted Beer and Music Festival over the past four years. We are looking at other events for the future and hope to maybe bring something new and exciting to the people of Oxted and surrounding areas in 2019, but the past few months have been quite difficult so for now we are planning to just enjoy the festive season.

Best Wishes & Merry Christmas

Jess Productions & The Festival Management Team

*To date, Jess Productions has donated more than 75% of the profits from the 2017 Oxted Beer and Music Festival to a wide variety of local charities and good causes. These include: Master Park Charity, The Connathon, The Titsey Rotary Club, Oxted and Limpsfield Cricket Club, Multi Use Games Area (St Mary's School) - in conjunction with the Titsey Rotary Club, Oxted and District Football Club, Hurst Green Tennis Club, The True Adventure Indonisia Project, Edenbridge Rugby Football Club and Oxted Pre School.

Donations Made from funds raised at #OXBF17

Oxted Pre School

Oxted Pre School Jess Productions and the team are really pleased to have been able to support Oxted Pre-school with a donation from some of the funds raised at #OXBF17.

Oxted Pre-school is a charity run pre-school, which has been operating for over 30 years in central Oxted. They believe that 2-4 year olds develop best when learning through play in a fun environment and as such we are really pleased to be able to help them with the purchase of new resources. They have already bought a fantastic den and a range of new trikes for the children to play with in their front outdoor space and are in the process of buying a new trampoline for their back playground. They are also using the donation to invest in a range of new books and puzzles to stimulate young imaginations.

If you would like to find out more about Oxted Pre-school, pop down during opening hours, Monday - Friday, 9.15am -2.45pm (term time) or visit their website.

Hurst Green Tennis Club

Hurst Green Tennis Club Hurst Green Tennis Club are currently looking to start up a junior section. In order to help them on their way a donation was made which will go towards the purchase of junior equipment for the kids to use.

We wish them well and what a great thing to be getting kids involved with sport! Please contact Hurst Green Tennis Club for more information.

The Connathon

The Connathon Connie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) when she was 4yrs old. By the age of 5 she had lost her hair, her mobility and was in constant pain due to side effects of high dose chemotherapy and steroids. It has been a challenging couple of years for her but she rebuilt and looked forward. She started running to give something back to the Marsden who treated her.

It isn't easy for her to run a mile - considering she couldn't even walk a mile a year ago but with her spirit and drive, she did it! Connie ran 12 miles over the holidays on separate occasions. On 17th Sept she did her 1.1 mile in Reigate, thus completing a half marathon. She is raising money for the Marsden as part of the George and the Giant Pledge team and we are very proud to have helped a little with her sponsorship. The link to her page is: The Connathon 2017

Titsey Rotary Club

Titsey Rotary Club Our fabulous Festival stewards who can be found welcoming everyone in and handing out our Festival glasses, also play a big part in distributing funds raised to lots of good local causes and projects.

One of the causes they are choosing to support from their tremendous efforts at #OXBF17 this year is a much needed Multi Use Games Area for Downsway and St Mary's School. Please click on this link to find out more information about this great community project.

Edenbridge Rugby Football Club

Edenbridge Rugby Football Club A very popular funding choice amongst the volunteers this year. Edenbridge Rugby Club were invaluable at pouring thousands of pints of lager at our very busy craft lager bar!

ERFC have used the funds donated to provide much needed equipment for the huge junior section at the club. Click on this link if you would like to find out more about ERFC and for details on joining.

Master Park

Master Park The Festival is always keen to support our beautiful venue and to assist with the costs of the upkeep of the park. We were very pleased to be able to make a donation, on top of the rent paid for the venue hire, towards the upkeep of the playground facilities. Many people are not aware that Master Park is in fact a charity and relies heavily on donations for maintenance costs etc.

Please go to their Website to find out more about their latest projects and check out their "Events Page" to see all the other fabulous events that go on during the summer months at our lovely Master Park in Oxted.

Oxted & District Football Club

Oxted & District Football Club Funds from the #OXBF17 event were used to completely reseed and fertilise the 1st team football pitch shortly before the start of the season this year. We must say it was looking very lovely and green at the start of September. The 1st team pitch takes a bit of a beating in the summer months and we were very happy to help give this ground a bit of nourishment! We wish ODFC good luck with this season.

If you would like to see how they are doing or for joining information please see their website ODFC

Oxted & Limpsfield Cricket Club

Oxted & Limpsfield Cricket Club Now cricketers, so we are told, have always enjoyed a pint of Beer and it would seem the OLCC are no exception! We have it on good authority that their party in the pavilion after beer festival has closed is really quite the place to be! ;-) Thanks to the volunteers who showed their support of OLCC by volunteering at #OXBF17.

We have made a donation to OLCC from #OXBF17 and we are looking forward to hearing how they will be using this to benefit their club. For further information please visit their website.

True Adventure Indonesia

True Adventure Indonesia A group of teenagers from Oxted School spent their Saturday and Sunday mornings of Beerfest weekend cleaning the streets of Oxted in order to raise money for their community project in Indonesia. A week after #OXBF17 the teenagers set off for Indonesia with True Adventure Group and spent one of their weeks there working on a local community project.

Well done to all of you, you did a smashing clear up job!!

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