The 30th Annual Sherston Boules Festival was once again a fantastic success, well supported and attended by hundreds of people. Principally spread over 5 days but the main event taking place on on Saturday 16th July. We were blessed with perfect weather for the 400 players to enjoy the biggest one day boules event in the UK. The day was beautifully organised by a dedicated Committee following a format that has been tried and tested for many years. Sherston is indeed a unique village and the event is geared towards raising thousands of pounds for local groups and is brilliantly supported by the residents running everything from a cricket match, skittles competition, logistics, and children’s entertainment to bars, teas and refreshments.
Saturday began with a very moving start to the day. To show our respect for the terror that happened in Nice last week, our French teams visiting from Gien, Malmesbury’s twin town, suggested and joined us in a petanque players “alternative” to a minute’s silence. The tournament follows a knock-out format however this year the plate competition was resurrected in memory of our founder members Hugh Thompson-Glover and Colin Owen who both sadly passed away this year. Following ten hours of play and seven rounds, the victorious team from Wales (the Piste Artistes captained by Neil Dobbins) lifted the cup around 7pm having beaten both the French teams by the quarter finals. The runners up were a local team, the Bouledogs from Minety and made the Welsh work for their title! The highest placed local team was the Sprout Pickers captained by newly married Andrew Hibbard, just back from his honeymoon in time to help us lay the pitches too! The Junior Boules was very well supported and won by The Beach Boys (Will Wright, Louie Gascoigne and Oliver Leonard) whilst winners of the hotly contested Colts was The Three Amigos (William Pritchett, William Hulme and Luke Tappin).
Sunday was a huge success with the Vine Tree Inn reclaiming the trophy for the tug of war whilst the children enjoyed their annual tug of war too along with egg throwing and welly wanging competitions, ably assisted by Malmesbury Young Farmers and Sherston’s 1016 charity. In the afternoon the annual duck race was won by Henry O’Brien from Tetbury and the day was rounded off nicely with tea and cakes and the beautiful Mill Cottage provided by Caroline and Phil Moore and the Church Ladies. The Rev Susan Harvey closed the proceedings with a service in the evening.
James Pyle, Chairman, said “The residents of Sherston are amazing and I need to thank so many; they should be very proud of themselves for putting on, supporting and running this event. Sherston is a hugely social village and this event is one of many that takes place each year making Sherston so unique.”
It’s finally occurred..!! We are pleased to announce that the Carps has been taken over today and is to re-open again once the refurbishment has been completed.
Peter Brock, who is well known in the village, and who also used to run the pub before in the 1990’s, has taken it over and will finish the works that are needed.
His plans for running the pub certainly seemed to us to be the best to ensure the continued presence of a second pub in the village, and we are sure the entire village will support him in this exciting new venture.
If you have any queries or questions you can contact Peter on 01666 841017 or 07912777647
Chris & Jo Brant
The 30th Anniversary Sherston Boules and Carnival will take place on Saturday 16th July 2016.
Registration for the Boules competition opens on 16th February only until 16th April as we would like to make the draw and let applicants know if they’ve been successful, by 30th April.
If possible please register Online through www.sherston.net as this reduces both the processing time and the possibility of errors. Paper application forms will also be available in Sherston Post Office, or download a .pdf copy here.
The cost per team will be £25, payable if you’re successfully drawn: unsuccessful entrants will be placed on a Reserve List. Most of the 128 places will be reserved for local teams, whose captain resides within the five Parishes of Sherston, Alderton, Luckington, Foxley and Easton Grey.
Sponsors who purchase advertising space on one of the pitch ‘toblerones’ will automatically receive one team place, with the remaining places allocated to visiting teams.
If you or a group off friends would like to help please contact James Pyle firstname.lastname@example.org who is chairman of the Boules and Carnival Committee for this year. Remember that profits from the event are distributed to local groups and good causes, so the more you contribute the more your group is likely to benefit.
Let’s have a great day again in 2016!
Boules Competition Organiser
For any group that wishes to help at Boules 2016 and like a donation from the proceeds please click the following link to download the application form:
On Saturday the 5th of December between 9.30am – 1pm, Tracklements will be opening our doors to invite you to look into the delicious world of condiment making.
There will be mulled wine and festive nibbles to greet you on arrival, behind the scenes factory tours where you can follow the raw ingredients and spices on their adventure through chopping, stirring, simmering and bubbling right through to bottling and don’t forget to have a browse around our onsite shop – Tracklements make great hamper or stocking fillers – an excellent way to introduce friends and family to your favourites, as well as being the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas and Boxing Day meals.
This is a date to put in the diary! We would love to see you there.
Open day Saturday 5th December, 9.30am to 1pm at Tracklements, Whitewalls, Easton Grey, SN16 0RD