The sun was shining, but we luckily had a bit of cloud too at times to keep us all from melting. We estimate we had around 1500-1800 people of all ages enjoying the daytime event.
Skintight Samba started the event off with a great upbeat performance that brought the festival atmosphere alive – and the kids loved joining in playing some of the instruments.
The Creech Bake-Off Competition, this year organised by the Creech Flower & Produce Show, had some fantastic entries, which not only looked amazing, but tasted great too. Huge thanks to Heathfield Hair & Beauty and Woodcraft by JoMo for donating the prizes for the winners.
We had a great selection of stalls selling a range of goods, raising money for charities, promoting their groups and of course selling delicious food and drink. A special thank you to the Rage Against Rubbish crew who very kindly picked up litter around the field – much appreciated.
The Egg Toss was a messy but entertaining event as usual and the Tug of War was a huge success – despite the rope breaking when the organisers were being challenged!
Big thank you to Cllr David Fothergill for once again being our brilliant compere.
The volunteer team, including our “minion” offspring helpers, had a very short window to get the field ready for the evening but did a fantastic job. They emptied bins, cleared up rubbish, cleaned toilets, put away hay bales, cleared away table and chairs, set-up the stage and set-up bar ready for the eager crowd at the gates.
The sun was still shining when the fabulous Dusk Brothers took to the stage to warm the crowd up for the evening with some great original music.
The bar was well stocked with chilled drinks and new this year was a gin bar with lots of speciality brands and we even had the goldfish bowl plastic glasses for the gin to go in!
Next up on stage came the Pygmy Chimps playing some classic covers to the crowd who were beginning to venture on to the dance floor.
The Haus Band were the final act on stage and played to a packed dance floor for their whole set. The crowd loved them and we were particularly touched when they dedicated a song to our dear David Knight while the crowd waved their phones in the air.
A light shower towards the end of the night didn’t dampen the atmosphere and we’re sure the 2200 strong crowd all had a blast.
We had some amazing prizes this year, and the raffle tickets were on sale both night and day. All proceeds will be donated to the Stroke Association in honour of David Knight. We raised an amazing £1160 – so thank you to everyone who donated prizes and everyone who bought a ticket.
This event is truly a group effort and would not go ahead without the commitment of a small number of community minded people. So thank you to EVERYONE that helps out in any way at all.
Our committee and volunteers
Adrian Birch, Corinne Giles, Simon & Karen Hutchings, Steve & Tina Greenhalgh, Clare Sampson, Jo Morrison, Mina Guest, Charlie Cudlip, Dee Finch, Colin, Bev Janes, Nigel Cridge, Ben Giles, Neil Davidson, our minions and their parents, Sara Tucker, Jane Birch, our clean-up crew and all our friends and family who support us.
Our Sponsors, supporterss and helpers
A special thanks to Keith Bennett at Otter Brewery for all the help this year.
- Brandon Hire
- 3D Security
- Elaine’s Lambs
- Farmers Arms West Hatch
- Gillards & Logic Distribution Ltd
- Healthfield Hair & Beauty
- Honor Rocke Healing Hands
- Inspiration By Brendeane
- Isle Valley Vets
- JM Entertainment
- Jim Pike
- Magnet Taunton
- Monkton Inn
- Neil Robertson Plumbing
- North End Farm
- Otter Brewery
- P B Woodcraft
- Sylvia’s Books
- Taunton Racecourse
- The Barber Co.
- The Garden Room
- Timeless Images
- Timpsons Taunton
- Travis Perkins
- You Fit
- Littledown Farm Cottages
- Somerset Boat Centre
- UK Balloon Pilot
- Westerly Plumbing & Heating
- Woodcraft By JoMo