The 2019 Flower Show will take place on bank holiday Saturday August 24. As usual it will be opposite Holmwood, in shiplake Row. Start thinking about your fruit and veg and arts and crafts for the biggest annual event in our village.Read more
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Wheelbarrows make a comeback on Village Day
Above: The Adamson brothers beat the Jiggens brothers in the final of the wheelbarrow race
The new-look village wheelbarrow race had all of the spirit, if a little less of the wildness, of the road event in the 70s and 80s - but was hugely enjoyed by a cheering crowd as competitors scrambled round the recreation ground. Finalists out of nine crews (including a rather slow Parish Council pair) were the Jiggins brothers who took on the Adamson brothers, with the Jiggens team just ahead. Plenty of children had a go afterwards.
Around 200 people enjoyed unexpected sunshine which shone down on a BBQ, teas and cakes, a busy plant stall, treasure hunt, table tennis and traditional children's races, all accompanied by live music from Keith Turner. Great raffle prizes included vouchers for Orwells and the French Horn and Hobbs Boats, along with many others.
Many thanks to the Village Society organisers, to the Bottle & Glass as sponsors and to everyone who put in time and effort setting up and taking down the stalls and tent, those who organised races and competitions and who donated prizes, plants, hay bales and cakes. The new sound system, a gift from the Parish Council to the village, had its first outing and performed well. It was a great day out!
Pictures courtesy of Alan Greeley, who remembers the original wheelbarrow race and said it was good to see it back! Next year, who knows, it may take to the roads again.
Preparing for the off in the first heat - Parish Councillors in the centre!
Downing the Loddon before the final
Wheelie not much in it...
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