BARREL FAIR 2013
The events began rather earlier than usual this year with the very popular Doc Cox Music Quiz in the Village Hall. It was a lovely evening of slightly easier questions, lots of food and drink and no cheating!!
Once again another wonderful Barrel fair. We began on Saturday with the Junior Disco in the White Horse Car Park. Lots of energetic dancing took place. This was followed by live music from Two for the Road. Doc Cox and Dr. JJ , Craig Alexander and Debbie treated us to some very classy acts in the interval.One lucky person won £250 cash on the 50/50 raffle.
Sunday began with a few spots of rain which quickly changed to lovely sun with a few threatening black clouds hovering. The procession from the Village Hall was lead as usual by the Guest Presenter, Rob Dunger (Radio Suffolk), Town Crier Jim - Homersham and Maid and Squire - Ruby Holmes and Archie Cook. They arrived courtesy of John Keeble and his vintage car. They were followed by the fancy dress parade and local samba band -The Never Readys. Following the opening ceremony and judging of the fancy dress competition - the Never Readys performed a few numbers in the main arena. Next followed the Barrel Race between the 2 local pubs - The White Horse and The crown. The White Horse were victorious and are now in the lead by 4 wins to 2 with one tie.
Throughout the day music was played in the White Horse Car Park by the Random Blues Band and The red Ochre Band. The Rumburgh Morris Group did 2 slots by the pond and the Punch and Judy man provided 3 shows to entertain the youngsters.
Much food and drink was consumed from the various stalls - including the WI tea tent, slow roasted lamb from the Crown with local ales, fish and chips from the White Horse, burgers -hog roast from John Groom and of course the lovely crepes from the Church stall.
The Barrel Races were as competitive as ever with the winners as folLows:-
WESTLETON LADIES SARAH QUINLAN
WESTLETON MENS JOINT WINNERS - JONATHAN
ALEXANDER AND CHRIS SPAALL
LADIES ALLCOMERS ANNABELLE ELLIOTT
MENS ALLCOMERS TONY IVENS
One very, very lucky person won £500 cash on the 50/50 raffle.
Thanks to everybody who attended and helped make the day so very successful. We have over £5,000 to spend within the village thanks to your support.
DATE FOR NEXT YEAR SUNDAY 17TH AUGUST - THE 20TH YEAR SO IT WILL BE VERY SPECIAL. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE.
BARREL FAIR 2012
The actual fair itself was opened on Sunday by local actress Freda Dowie, who very kindly judged the fancy dress competition and gave out the prizes. The first race of the day was the annual Docwra-Holmes race between the two pubs of the village. It was won this year by The White Horse, which now edges them into a narrow three-two lead over The Crown (with one tie).
The races continued throughout the afternoon and the eventual winners were:
Westleton Mens- Chris Spall
Westleton Ladies- Karen Alexander
Allcomers Mens- Toby Ivans
Allcomers Ladies- Liz Gurney
During the day there was entertainment from Doc and Jilly, the Random Blues Company and the Ipswich Royal Hospital Band. There was also Punch and Judy, as well as morris dancing displays.
All of the money raised will be spent on improving the village. The whole day was a massive success and we would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way. If you would like to help out next year, please call Arlette on 01728648378.
Next year's event will take place on Sunday 18th August 2013.
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