Hurst festival closed by police due to excessive noise levels

Published: 1 Sep 2014 09:308 comments

A CHARITY music festival in Hurst had to be shut down by police in the early hours of Sunday morning after reaching excessive noise levels.

The licensed Food 4 Thought festival, held in a field off Wokingham Road, was stopped by police at about 1.10am after they received 98 noise complaints.

Residents from as far as Priestwood and Great Hollands, about seven miles away from the event, could hear the noise.

The festival, which was held to raise awareness about Maidenhead-based charity Foodshare, was due to finish at 2am and had been going on for most of the day.

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  • palmieridaniela
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    Sep 1, 15:28
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    Event wasn't shut down at 1:10am, it was running until almost 2am. It was a charity event and the fact people have been complaining about the noise for ONE night is pathetic. Those of us who helped organise the festival and the organiser himself has apologised for any disturbance yet local residents are still slating everyone involved. People living half a mile down the road have also said that they could hardly hear the noise while they were sat down watching the TV in the evening. 7 miles? Right...

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  • Hurstresident
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    Sep 1, 18:42
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    The response below was typical of most of the "food" festival attendees. When asked politely at the gate into the rave if the music could please be turned down at 11pm, we were told to go away (although not as politely as that) and complain to the council if we didn't like it. A large proportion of the attendees had no connection at all with Hurst or Maidenhead, coming from London, Bristol, Basingstoke and Southampton. Many reported leaving the event during the evening to get trains home, a choice local residents were unfortunately not given. There are definitely questions to be asked of the council licensing division and we can only hope that if the event runs again, it is closed at a reasonable time for the local community.

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  • MilitantCyclist
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    Sep 1, 23:31
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    palmieridaniels- so you won't mind if I come round your house next weekend bashing a saucepan non-stop until the early hours? It is just ONE night and probably a lot more tuneful than the rubbish that was playing Saturday and Sunday!

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  • palmieridaniela
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    Sep 2, 08:14
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    MilitantCyclist - go ahead, it's a Saturday night, I probably wouldn't even be home. But continue to go ahead judging the charity event by the type of music played. I forgot to raise money you had to listen to 80's/90's classics.

    It's Tuesday and people are still banging on about it, I guess awareness was definitely raised. Wonderful.

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  • digwinstanley
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    Sep 2, 18:14
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    palmieridaniela - It is irrelevant what you claim about the levels of noise. You were obviously at the event. I was at home on the south western edge of Bracknell (not far from Golden retriever pub on Nine Mile Ride) and could hear the excessive noise despite a surround sound TV system and double glazing.

    The genre of music is also irrelevant. some people like it, some don't. That's life.

    And as for raising awareness - yes it has. Not of the charity unfortunately but awareness of what inconsiderate and selfish individuals are involved in running it.

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  • palmieridaniela
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    Sep 3, 08:30
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    digwinstanley- Yes I was there, and I was involved in running it. Funny how noise travels eh? We have had people from about half a mile down the road who said they couldn't hear a thing and slept with no problem. People accused us of pretending to raise money for charity just to hold the event, well I'm accusing people of completely over exaggerating and complaining just because the event didn't appeal to them.

    People need to stop slating the people running the festival and either get in contact with Wokingham Council or just get over it and move on. It's happened, it's in the past, there's nothing you can do to change it. We raised over £1300 for The Open Kitchen and I am proud of myself and my friends for that. The aim was to bring together the young people, doing something they enjoy, FULLY LEGAL and raise money for a charity close to all our hearts.

    The police turned up at 1pm to check out the licence, they were fully aware of what we had planned, they donated some money, had a wander round and even bought some lunch. A chief constable even thanked the organiser for all the effort he put in and the money we raised (at 2am, once it had finished, even after all the complaints). Moan all you like, we did something good with some unfortunate consequences, but I couldn't care less if people disagree with the event. I had a great day/night and I know everyone in attendance did too.

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  • digwinstanley
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    Sep 3, 16:07
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    palmieridaniela - so those of us who heard the music many miles away are liars?

    Just because you don't believe we heard it doesn't mean we didn't. The fact is I didn't know anything about your event until I read on Sunday morning that it had been the cause of the noise, so I have no axe to grind about the merits of what you were doing. I couldn't care less about the aims of the event, the music, the success in raising money. What I care about is your dismissive attitude toward your fellow citizens who have just as much right to criticise the event as you do in defending it.

    The big thing to do would have been for you to use these comments pages to promote your fundraising and apologise at the same time. But you clearly prefer to criticise legitimate concerns - and in a very dismissive and immature manner, while calling us liars.

    That's not how you win people over. But it's also clear you'd rather alienate than build bridges.

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  • dickemery
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    Sep 4, 03:15
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    l guess no tolerance for hurst people, not even for a good cause, just one nite, we in caversham have a large pop festival every year,for the last 40 years,its good to see the youngster enjoy themselves, sleepy ,dreary residents

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