Beer with a heart pays for life-saving facility

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The claim that beer is good for you is rarely true - until now.

A group of women could save lives with the drink, after brewing their very own creation to raise cash towards a defibrillator.

The cherry porter was made by Cliffe Park Dronfield Women’s Institute, in partnership with Drone Valley Brewery.

Called Cherry Belles, it was brewed, bottled and sold to boost the coffers of the campaign for the facility.

And now a defibrillator has been installed as a result, near the playground and sports fields in Cliffe Park in Dronfield.

Cliffe Park Dronfield WI President Julia Quin said: “When we looked in Dronfield there were other defibrillators installed in the town but these were in buildings and not 24 hour accessible.

“Emergencies don’t just strike during office hours.

“Drone Valley Brewery is a community brewery - one of the only ones in the country – possibly the only one in the country.

“They are a volunteer organisation and they plow their profits back into our local community. We had earned money from the first brew but it wasn’t enough for the entire project.

“In order to get it into the community as soon as possible DVB funded the shortfall. “We are so lucky to have them here in Dronfield and grateful to the brewery for making the completion of this project possible.”

A second charity brew venture is in the planning stages.

Drone Valley Brewery Chair Jez Horton added: “As a truly community based brewery it has been wonderful to brew with the WI ladies for such a valuable life saving local asset.”

n Food lovers looking for something to do this weekend could do worse than heading to Renishaw Hall, where there will be a market this Sunday August 20.

More than twenty local and regional producers will be selling quality food, drink and crafts from north Derbyshire and the South Yorkshire area.

Goods will include local cakes, handcraft items, local ales, pies, chocolates and handmade scarves.

n And in Barnsley, one budding chef has spent his summer holiday shadowing top cooks.

Declan Crofts spent two weeks on work placement at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. The 17-year-old joined teams for a fortnight of preparing, cooking and serving between 400 to 1,000 guests each day.