Wilf & Mary Chaffey, guests of
honour, prepare to judge the fancy dress.
DAY WEEKEND 2003
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GIG & DISCO - Saturday 24th May
The recent wet weather
dried up just in time for the Saturday night Teens Gig and Disco, a
new event aimed at the over twelves. Three local bands attracted an
audience of about eighty teenagers, whose dancing made a good job of
flattening the floor of the marquee ready for Club Day. Special
thanks are due to Martin West and Neil Burrows for all the work they
put in to make the event so successful as to be worth repeating.
About ninety diners enjoyed an excellent lunch, prepared and
served by Jo Bush and her team from Mendip Buffets (tel: 01934
732269). They were also
entertained after lunch by former Friendly Society Chairman Wilf
Chaffey, whose reminiscences about farming and rural life were
extremely well received (even by those who were on the receiving end
of some of his jokes).
DAY – 26th May
sunny morning saw twenty seven high quality fancy dress entrants
assembling at the Old Vicarage to present guests of honour Wilf and
Mary Chaffey with the difficult task of selecting the winners. More
people than ever seemed to join the traditional parade through the
village, led by the Bendix Kingswood Band. The Fancy Dress prizes
were awarded at the Westbury Inn, and all entrants were given sweets
as well as an added bonus of three free vouchers for sideshows
during the afternoon (the vast majority of which were spent on the
the roll call of members at the Westbury Inn, the band struck up
again, and the march continued to St Lawrence Church, where the
traditional Club Day service was presided over by Fr Ewan Macpherson.
A under 5s: 1st Eloise Nelson, 2nd Annie
Hawthorne, 3rd Isabel Mulready
B over 5s: 1st Elliot Mulready, 2nd Holly Atkinson,
3rd Ellie Vinnicombe
Class C Group or mounted:
1st Alice Ward, Emma Glasby, Laura Huntington, Molly
Hancock & Katie Ward, 2nd Alun & Mark Pinder, 3rd
Matthew Loat, Thomas Glasby & Josie Hancock
Cup for Best Entry: Eloise
SPORTS & SIDESHOWS
The station canopy
on the playing field sported its smart new curtains, and was used
for the first time bandstand: “much better than a lot of the ones
we have to play in” according to one member of the Bendix
Kingswood band, whose music added to the carnival atmosphere on a
very well attended Club Day afternoon.
The two small
marquees, recently acquired by the Parish Council (and available for
use by village organisations), were used in public for the first
time. One housed an exhibition by the Parish Plan steering
committee, while the other was occupied by the PA system and
announcer John Field, for whom being allowed to hold on to a
microphone for three whole hours was a rare treat.
After several years
absence, football returned to Club Day, thanks to the efforts of
Martin West and Philip Hawthorn. A local derby between primary
school teams from Wookey and Westbury impressed the crowd with some
high quality play and an exciting match. Wookey went ahead three
times, but Westbury fought back to win the Les Moore Cup by a margin
side shows included skittles, hoop-la, coconut shy, tombola, zippy
dipper, bouncy castle, tea tent and a licensed bar. New this year
was an inflatable Gladiators game, which gave contestants of all
ages a chance to try and knock their friends, enemies and relations
off their perches.
Penfold, last year’s winner of the Brian Cattell Cup returned the
trophy on Club Day morning, and promptly won it back again a few
hours later with another impressive performance. After their recent
success at Wookey, members of the Westbury Inn tug-o-war team were
pushed (or should it be pulled?) into second place by last year’s
cup winners the Hollow Pullers.
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