The Sidmouth Folk Festival Grand Draw has been described as a “great success” by organisers, raising much-needed additional funds for the festival. The Draw took place on Thursday evening during the Ham Marquee concert featuring Cara Dillon.

The winner of the £1,000 top prize was Kim Brown from Ottery St Mary, whose ticket number was 1889. Kim was highly delighted with his prize when contacted on Thursday evening. (See photo.)

The Grand Draw was organised by Sidmouth FolkWeek Ltd, the charity arm of the folk festival which assists the event with fundraising. Tickets were sold in the town for several weeks before the festival, as well as at festival events throughout the week.

Chair of the charity, Derek Schofield, said, “We are very grateful for the support of local businesses as well as festival goers and artists who donated prizes, and of course all the people who bought tickets. In addition to the cash prizes of £1,000 and £200, over 35 separate prizes were donated, including an all-in-one ticket for the 2024 festival.”

Local businesses who donated prizes were The Volunteer Inn, Sidmouth Rugby Club, Flo & Us, White and Son Shoes, Osborne’s, Buzz Coffee Roasters, Sidmouth Tyres and Exhausts, The Balfour Arms, Myca’s Seafood and Grill, Someday Something and Sidmouth Outdoor Company. Additional donors included festival artists John Kirkpatrick, Alistair Anderson, Jack Rutter, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones, Dave Gibb, Janet Dowling, Fee Lock, Ray Langton, Bev Langton, Derek Schofield and Steve Knightley, as well as Rachel Charles, Gill Brice and Peter Leggett, Mrs Casey Music and Clive Morgan Heritage Coachways.

Grand Draw 2023DonorsWinning Numbers
£1000.001889: Kim Brown
Bottle of whiskyJanet Dowling4700
Voucher for £50, food and/or drinksVolunteer Inn, Sidmouth1861
Signed CD by Jack RutterJack Rutter5939
Two tickets for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Best of Broadway’ Concert, at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 20 September 2023. Value: approximately £130.Clive Morgan Heritage Coachways4533
Bottle of wineBalfour Arms, Sidmouth6202
‘Matchday Experience (lunch, talk, game) at Sidmouth Rugby ClubSidmouth Rugby Club4564
£25 voucher from Flo & Us, SidmouthFlo & Us, Sidmouth5849
Devon Ghost Stories, bookJanet Dowling2321
Jewellery: hand-made silver bangleBev Langton2168
£50 voucher from White & Son Shoes, SidmouthWhite & Son, Sidmouth0265
Two signed CDs by John KirkpatrickJohn Kirkpatrick5287
Box of posh chocolatesDerek Schofield1380
£10 voucher for lunch from Osborne’s, SidmouthOsborne’s, Sidmouth1523
Heathpool Linn, new CD by Alistair Anderson signedAlistair Anderson1640
Voucher for bag of coffeeBuzz Coffee Roasters, Sidmouth3478
Evolving Tradition CDMrs Casey Music2631
MOT to the value of £54.85Sidmouth Tyres and Exhausts5720
Brass Monkey CDJohn Kirkpatrick1776
Prosecco and NozecoFee Lock0090
4-CD Roy Bailey box set Singing Out 1969-2016Mrs Casey Music3178
3-course meal for 2Balfour Arms, Sidmouth4451
Two signed books of songs by Steve KnightleySteve Knightley2746
Two tickets, Exeter Chiefs vs Cornish Pirates, September . In ExeterSidmouth Rugby Club5765
£25 voucher from Myca’s Seafood & Grill, SidmouthMyca’s Seafood & Grill, Sidmouth4600
Craft itemRay Langton5209
Heathpool Linn, new CD by Alistair Anderson signedAlistair Anderson1090
Garden tennis setRachel Charles2803
Handmade Italian necklaceBev Langton1836
2 signed children’s books by Dave GibbDave Gibb4411
Bottle of ginGill Brice & Peter Leggett3855
Signed CD by Bryony Griffith & Alice JonesBryony Griffith & Alice Jones0544
Afternoon tea for 2 at Someday SomethingSomeday Something, Sidmouth5880
Bottle of malt whiskyBalfour Arms, Sidmouth1117
‘Buff’ headband / neck scarf from Sidmouth Outdoor CoSidmouth Outdoor Co6162
Ruth Notman CDs and Tyde CDMrs Casey Music5740
All in One ticket for Sidmouth Folk Festival 2024Sidmouth Folk Festival4965