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From Medieval Roots

The Shelford Feast goes back to medieval times when it was more likely to have been a festival celebrated around a special day in the calendar. Prior to the Second World War, the Feast was held on the sports ground where Leeway Avenue is now, moving to the land behind the former De Freville Arms in the 1930’s. The last of the pre-War feasts was held in 1938 after which it ceased to be held until revived in 1994. Today, The Shelford Feast is celebrated on a Sunday in early July on the Recreation Ground in the centre of the village of Great Shelford.

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A Reviving Tradition

The revival was the brainchild of a local man, Jerry Brown, whose father Basil had taken part in organising the Feasts which took place in Shelford before the Second World War. Jerry grabbed a few pals, told them how hard the school would be hit by educational spending cuts and the group called The Bunch was born. In six weeks The Bunch had organised a Feast in the grounds of the village school and all proceeds were given to the school which went on to survive a challenging period of austerity.

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A Week-long Celebration

Over the next decade, The Feast grew in popularity and gave rise to a number of additional events during the week preceding Feast Sunday. It is now known as The Shelford Festival & Feast, with The Feast for short.

In 2022, the Shelford Feast restructured its events, placing Feast Sunday at the start of a week-long Festival. This annual village tradition unites the community for fun and fundraising, raising £371,000 for local causes, particularly aiding youth, while providing entertainment for all attendees.

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