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Club Day 2004

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Eric Lovell

CLUB DAY WEEKEND
31 May 2004

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Members & Fancy Dress entrants gather 
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NEW BANNER BEARER
For more than 100 years, the Club Banner has been carried by a member of the Lovell Family. This year we pay tribute to Eric Lovell (left), who has done this for many years, joined us on the parade this year, but retired from carrying the banner. Long time Club Day helper Gary Marshman (right) stepped into his shoes and passed his first year as banner bearer with flying colours.

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Pirates, disguised as Neil Burroughs (left) and John Crickett arrive to entertain Fancy Dress entrants

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TEENS GIG & DISCO - Saturday 29th May
Two local bands and a disco played to an audience of teenagers in the village on the Saturday night before Club Day. Special thanks are due to Martin and Helen West,  Neil and Kathryn Burrows  and Andrew Buchanan for arranging the event and putting on a BBQ.


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Nearly 100 diners enjoyed another excellent lunch, prepared and served by Jo Bush and her team from Mendip Buffets (tel: 01934 732269). After-lunch speaker was Alistair Glanvile, who has lived in theCD04Alistair.jpg (10719 bytes) village most of his life, and is well-known in the area as a lay-reader and Mendip District Councillor. His talk dealt with Club Days past and present, and how the Friendly Society has changed over the years.


FANCY DRESS & PARADE
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The rain held off as over 30 fancy dress entrants assembled at the Old Vicarage. The parade through the village was led by the Wells City Band, and  Fancy Dress prizes were awarded at the Westbury Inn by Cllr Maureen Brandon (see below). The pirates then handed out sweets and free vouchers for sideshows during the afternoon to all entrants.

After the roll call of members atCD04RollCall.jpg (27045 bytes) the Westbury Inn, the parade 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 Joseph Kerrigan, 2nd William Hintington, 3rd Imogen Mulready
Class B over 5s: 1st
Rowan Quinton, 2nd Alexander Nelson, 3rd
Hermione Granger
Class C Group of 2 or more: 1st
Elliot and Miles Lunn 2nd The Dowler family, 3rd Alice & Katy Ward, Laura Huntington, Emma Glasby & Lorna Murray
Cup for Best Entry:
Elliot & Miles Lunn

CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES OF FANCY DRESS CONTESTANTS


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AFTERNOON SPORTS & SIDESHOWS
Rain settled in during the afternoon, but failed to deter a good crowd from showing up to enjoy the various attractions on the playing field. The station canopy kept the Wells City Band dry, and their music kept everyone in good spirits.

Young footballers from Wookey and Westbury Schools battled it out for the Les Moore cup, which was won by the visitors. Another team from the  Bucklegrove caravan site added to a gloomy afternoon by inflicting a second defeat on the home team.  

The afternoon also saw the official opening of the new skateboard area by Clare Blackmore of St Lawrence's School.

Side shows included 'Gladiators', skittles, hoop-la, coconut shy, tombola, zippy dipper, bouncy castle, tea tent and a licensed bar run by the Westbury Inn. New this year were a pair of goats, for which we are grateful to Robert Phelps, and the 60 people who sought refuge from the rain to guess their weight. 

After renting the zippy dipper for several years, the Friendly Society has now bought it outright and will be making it available for other village functions.

Irma Cattell was visibly moved as she presented the Brian Cattell to this year's winner - her grandson. The tug o' war was won by a team made up of the Hollow Pullers and the Westbury Inn.

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