The inaugral Stonley Festival was held in Doddinghurst on 23-24th June. The festival celebrated the life of Richard Stonley, a 16th Century diarist who lived and worked in Doddinghurst. It was a wonderful celebration of the story of the village and brought many village groups together to produce it.
Our deepest gratitude goes to all volunteers, to FOAS for their generous donation, the Doddinghurst Schools, the Uniformed Groups and the Village Hall. We are also grateful to the various business who partnered with us or provided donations: The Willow Pub for the Stonley Sunday lunch, Chicken and Frog Bookshop, Calcott Hall, The Mobile Griddle, Giggly Pig, Budgens, St John's ambulance and The Cactus Lady.
Finally a huge thanks to the Companie of Merrie Folke for the reenactment, to the Pantaloons for providing open air Theatre on Sunday afternoon, to Cadenza, Hurdy Gurdy-Salmagundi and the Society of Recorder players for the music, to Lord Petre for opening the festival, Ingatestone Hall for lending costumes to the volunteers, Phoenix FM for publicity on Friday Night Extra and the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Sheila Murphy for attending the festival.