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Wembdon Village Day Report 2015

Wembdon Village Show – Cups & Trophies Table 2015

After last year’s washout, the members of the Wembdon Community Association (WCA) were praying that this year’s August Bank Holiday Monday would be more successful (and much less wet) to allow them to raise funds needed to support village organisations and projects throughout the coming year.
The wet start to the day meant that for the second year running there were fewer car-booters than we have previously seen, however the weather brightened as the day progressed, and many members of the community turned out to support the WCA and enjoy the various aspects of Wembdon Village Day – including the annual Fruit, Vegetable, Flower and Craft show, a bar and BBQ, as well as old fête favourites such as a coconut shy, hook-a-duck and smash the crockery.
The annual Fruit, Vegetable, Flower and Craft show had several new exhibitors, especially in the children’s classes, and, as ever, the quality of entries was exceedingly high. Each year a different theme is chosen for the children’s classes, and this year the theme was “Royalty/Nobility”, with entries including jester hats, fairytale castles and dragons made of entirely of fruit and vegetables! This year the judges awarded the Best Exhibit trophies to Mr Mac Muir for his painting of a horse’s silhouette, and to Miss Mary Lockyer for a third year in a row. Many of the exhibitors donated their entries after the show to be auctioned off and the WCA auctioneer, Nick Tasker, did a fantastic job. The spectators had a lot of fun, though many have now learnt not to move their arms during a Wembdon Village Day auction, otherwise they may find themselves going home with the village’s biggest leek!
With the rain staying away through the afternoon visitors were able to enjoy the musical tones of Burtle Silver Band (as seen on the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival no less), while enjoying delicious sandwiches and cakes prepared and served by members of the Wembdon community in the Parish Centre café.
With this year’s more successful Village Day behind us, members of the WCA are now looking forward to our next two events: a family treasure hunt around the village, to be held on 13th September starting at the Parish Centre at 2pm, and the spectacular Annual Firework Display at Blake’s Field (by the church), on Saturday 31st October 2015 at 6.45 p.m. This is a professionally fired display by “Skyburst” and we look forward to seeing you there!
Fiona Grief (WCA Flower show committee) newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk

Wembdon Village Day Report 2014

Wembdon Village Show – Cups & Trophy Winners  2014

In spite of the unseasonal weather on this year’s August Bank Holiday Monday, members of the Wembdon community came to support the Annual Village Day, run by the Wembdon Community Association who work tirelessly raising funds to aid local organisations and projects.
Wembdon Village Day incorporates the annual Fruit, Vegetable, Flower and Craft show, which this year saw an increase in the number of entries, as well as several new exhibitors, and, as ever, the quality of entries was exceedingly high. Though there was a decrease in the number of fruit, vegetable and flower entries (no doubt due to the weather), but there was an increase in the number of domestic entries. Each year a different theme is chosen for the children’s classes, and this year the theme was “Carnival”. Special thanks go to the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Committee for donating additional prizes for the winners of the children’s cups and trophies. This year the judges awarded the Best Exhibit trophies to Mr M Higgins for his gladioli, and to Miss Mary Lockyer for her novelty sponge cake. Many of the exhibitors donated their entries after the show to be auctioned off and the WCA auctioneer, Nick Tasker, did a marvellous job. The spectators had a lot of fun, though many have now learnt not to move their arms during a Wembdon Village Day auction, otherwise they may find themselves going home with the village’s heaviest marrow!
Even though the rain did not stop falling, representatives of various charities, along with some of Wembdon’s organisations (including Wembdon Scouts and Wembdon Ladies) held stalls on the Common, including a coconut shy, smash the crockery, and for anyone who wasn’t too cold, ice creams! Wembdon St George’s Church was also open for visitors to view.
Anyone braving the elements found a few car booters, a bar and excellent BBQ on the Playing Field, as well as entertainment from Pulse Radio station and a dog display team from The National Animal Welfare Trust at Heavensgate. Back in the Parish Centre coffee shop refreshments were available, and though originally scheduled to play outside, Burtle silver Band played an outstanding rendition of cheerful tunes in the Parish Centre, surrounded by the Flower Show exhibits that was enjoyed by all who came to the Show Hall.
With planned work on the Wembdon Playing Field due to start within the next year it is likely that next year’s event will be held at Trinity Sports & Leisure Centre, and the WCA hope that members of the community will still come to support the event “in glorious sunshine”.
The next public event to be held by the Wembdon Community Association will be the spectacular Annual Firework Display at Blake’s Field (by the church), on Saturday 25th October 2014 at 6.45 p.m. This is a professionally fired display by “Skyburst” and we look forward to seeing you there!
Fiona Grief (WCA Flower show committee) newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk 

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