Friday, 17 September 2021

Villagers flock to royal-themed show despite downpours

HUNDREDS of people defied the rain to attend Woodcote Festival at the village hall and

HUNDREDS of people defied the rain to attend Woodcote Festival at the village hall and green on Saturday.

The event had a “tea for the Queen” theme to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday year and the hall was decked out in Union flag bunting.

Children had decorated wooden spoons and scarecrows to look like the Queen and wrote limericks with a royal theme.

Several attractions, including a karate demonstration and a dog agility show, were called off for safety reasons as the ground was too slippery.

Organisers waterproofed the live music stage with tarpaulins and plastic bags to keep the equipment dry. Performers included rock band Sub Zero, singer Lydia Hunt, from Checkendon, and Rosie Toolin, a pupil at Langtree School.

Children’s entertainer Jester Giggles performed a magic show while The Cabin pre-school group ran children’s games including sack and space hopper races. 

Boys from the Oratory School staged a rowing competition on ergos.

There were stalls selling food and drink, books, gifts and jewellery as well as a lucky dip and tombola.

An exhibition of vegetables, flowers, baking, crafts, art and photography took place inside the hall and prizes were given to the best entries. Organiser Helena McBride said: “We were keeping a close eye on the weather in the run-up to the festival but weren’t sure how it would turn out.

“We had to do a bit of last-minute ad-libbing but everything went smoothly and people stayed for the whole afternoon. It just shows you can’t keep a good village down!

“We had more than 100 entrants and more than 300 entries for the exhibition, which we’re really pleased with. We also sold out of beer, which is a good sign.

“It would have been absolutely heaving with better weather but all things considered we’re very pleased with the result. We had help from so many organisations within Woodcote and we’re thankful to all of them.”

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