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Wilf & Mary Chaffey, guests of honour, prepare to judge the fancy dress.

CLUB DAY WEEKEND 2003
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TEENS 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.

After Dinner Speaker.jpg (70912 bytes)CLUB DAY LUNCH
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).

CLUB DAY – 26th May
Overall Winner.jpg (39286 bytes)A 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 zippy dipper).

Roll_call.jpg (44252 bytes)After 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.

FANCY DRESS RESULTS
Class A  under 5s: 1st Eloise Nelson, 2nd Annie Hawthorne, 3rd Isabel Mulready

Class 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 Nelson

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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 of 5-3

The 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.

Rose 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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