16th Village Gala

May 23rd - 27th, 2024


Gala Update/Reminder

The full programme is below but can I just highlight a couple of points:


  • A generous Villager has again donated a pair of tickets to Wimbledon for this year. They allow access to all the courts except no 1 and Centre Court and are usually only available by queuing (often overnight) on the day of admission. These tickets will be in the silent auction on Monday 27th, and bids will be taken up until 3.45 that day. However if you can't be there and want to lodge a "commission bid" with me in advance please drop me a line with the amount and your contact details. They are subject to a reserve. 
  • The Car Show on the Saturday 25th is very much open to villagers who have a Classic British Car. Classic is a loose definition but usually means 25 years old or more. However anything British and remarkable is welcome. There will be a few MGs and Sprites at least, and there will be judging for turnout. 
  • On Saturday night (25th) it's Oscars Night in the marquee and you are encouraged to dress appropriately - there may be a red carpet, and there may be Paparazzi!  Go Glam. We have lost of acts and it promises to be a great night with lots of laughs and very little Political Correctness.
  • Raffle tickets are now on sale at the Pub and soon will be at the Shop, or you may get a knock on the door from a volunteer. Please buy plenty- we have lots of vouchers and gifts as well as the top prize of £250 cash. 
  • We now have confirmed sponsorship from Messenger, Peter Mitchell (Farms), Richardson Estate Agents, and Sharmans Agriculture, so please join us in thanking all of them when you can.
  • If you are able to offer any help "on the day" in setting up the Fete, please let me know or just turn up at the Blue Bell from 0900 on Monday 27th. Other jobs are available...

  Tim

Once again, 18 years after the first one, the Annual Village Gala, Music and Beer Festival will take place over the late May Bank Holiday. It's the same tried and trusted format but with a few tweaks and updates to keep things fresh.

The aim is to bring people together and have some fun, whilst supporting the Blue Bell and village organisations. 


The long weekend opens with the Mega Quiz night organised by our own Quizmaster and protector of the people, Ian Coupe. You'll need to book your team of 6 with the pub in advance.  Food will be available to order on the night for serving throughout the quiz. So far 21 teams have entered- it's going to be a big night!

Thursday is when the beer festival opens too, with about 30 Real Ales to choose from as well as lesser beverages. get it while it's fresh! Alex and Cinzia have made some changes and will be running two bars in the marquee so hopefully the queues for the bar on the Sunday will be shorter and faster moving.


Friday Night is Soul Night with the Motor City Vipers returning. They are a great 8 piece soul band and will get everyone on their feet dancing. It's free entry, as Alex generously pays for the band. Food will be available, as it will be throughout the weekend.


On Saturday there will be a Classic Car show- not as big as the August one perhaps and we hope to limit it to British Marques. Come along and see how many times you say (or hear) "my Dad had one of those..." .

Classics can just turn up on the day- I'm hoping to have a good display of Sprites and Midgets from local clubs in particular.


Saturday Night is of course Easton's Got Talent night and as EATS is still recovering from doing a panto last year we're reverting to the Talent Show format, and theming it around the Oscars. They may be a red carpet, there will be paparazzi, so put on your best gear and pose in the queue to get in! There will be about 13 acts, and lots of laughs, some of them intentional. Entry is £5.00 adults, £3.00 under 16s. Takings go towards the cost of staging and lighting the whole event as well as supporting EATS. 


Sunday is when the village will be host to hundreds of visitors as well as locals who come to see the terrific line-up of bands that Alex has booked and paid for. The line-up is very impressive and some great quality bands come and enjoy the size of the venue and the professionalism of local heroes Lux Techinlcal, who kindly provide all the sound and light equipment. We will do our best to encourage sensible parking by visitors, and CIPS have kindly agreed to open their car park, but bear with us if things get congested.


Monday is Fete Day, kicking off with Sarah Gardner's ever popular Dog Show from 11.00. Then we have the usual selection of stalls from village organisations, and a Bouncy Castle and Body Art for the kids. See below for a special competition organised by the Horticultural Society. Cake Donations are welcomed by the Friends of the Church, either direct to Felicity Stevenson on Sunday or on stall on the day. This year we've got a local Craft Market too- organised by Helen Tomblin,  come and support your neighbour's craft enterprise. Shaun Sutton is organising the Bottle Stall and is looking for donations- drop some off at 16 Porters Lane or email him at s.sutton403@btinternet.com

In the afternoon we will have the Welland School of Dance with the Maypole, the D'Ukes of Rutland playing, and Ian lawson and Aidan Davey are organising a mass "Big Bash". Bring along anything that makes a rhythmic noise (pots, pans, drums etc- we will have some big "drums" and containers available too) and take part on what we hope will be a hilarious mass participation musical event. It won't be peaceful. 


Before and during the event we will be selling Raffle Tickets with a £250 cash prize plus other kindly donated prizes- so far an MoT Voucher from Mark at Mill Vew, Hampers from Easton Village Stores and Sue Chappell, and other goodies. This is the main fundraiser for village groups; please dig deep and support us if you can. Most of the events are free and this goes some way to raise money to keep local clubs going. We do also benefit from the generous support of Sponsors, notably Peter Mitchell (Farms), Richardson Estate Agents, and Sharmans Agriculture, who are also holding an Open Day on Saturday 25th (see below). 


Thanks in advance to everyone who lends a hand, hope to see you there.


Tim Nicol