Carnival 2011
A diary of our 2011 carnival

The journey home 2011

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The road-crew met in the car-park in Weston at 10:30 AM and only a hand-full of carts were left. By the time we 'd had a 'light' breakfast is was approaching 11:30 as we left the car-park.

The journey out of Weston went really well with motorists being very paitient and we were soon in a longish queue of carts trundling up the A370 home. Again Highbridge was a breeze as we all swept through and we were soon dropped Gary in the Gennin tractor as he took the trailer into Wheelers to heve the generator removed.

We pushed on with Matt driving the cart and made good progress through Bridgwater and out onto the A361 home. The village was very quiete as we arrived with very little traffic and even Bev had moved her car so that we could get down Liney Rd.

 Phil and some other members were already at the shed and had the doors open. Matt reversed the cart in first time (just about) and we sat round with a cup of tea to wait for Gary and the genni trailer, although we only had to wait 10min and before we knew it the trailer was in and the doors secured!

So another year of carnival was over, at the beginning of October it didn't look like we'd make it and after the loss of the decorated tractor we almost packed it in for 2011. But we stuck at it and had a great time, we all made it home safe, but we'll never forget the events of the evening  Nov 4th 2011.

 

Weston-Super-Mare 2011

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Here we are alread, our last carnival of 2011. A van full of club members spent Sunday afternoon repairing the roof that fell on our journey up and the road-crew had spent the day checking over the vehicles read for tonight's procession.

It was a clear cool evening and the crowds were again out in force. The procession went smoothly with a lot of appreciation from those looking on, but all too soon we were back at the start. We had quite a high entry number so by the time we finished it was already late. By the time the road-crew secured the vehicle and made there way across to the party at the Winter Gardens it was just after 11PM.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 08:43
 

Tractor Recovery

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On the Saturday of Glastonbury Carnival we started the day by recoviering the Decortaed Tractor from the old Half-Way Inn, we would like to say a big thank-you to the new owners for looking after the tractor all week.

Frost RecoveryAnother big thank-you must go to Martin from Frost Recovery who came out to recover the tractor with his new HGV recovery truck. This saved a a lot of time and was by far the safest method of recovery.

Dave and his JCBSadly due the the soft ground surrounding the shed entrance, Martin was unabe to reverse the lorry and tractor into the shed, so we had to call in another favour and ask Dave Branfield to bring round his JCB and put the tractor away.

Earlier in October we suffered a failure of the injector pump which led to the engine racing away, if it hadn't been for the quick thinking of Ken Boobyier we may have lost the tractor much earlier. We'd like to say a big thank-you to our friends ats at Hickleys in Bridgwater for reconditioning the pump at such a good rate.

We are very fortunate in Westonzoyland CC to have so many good friends and we would like to thank all those who have helped us with the tractor this year.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2011 10:26
 

Results 2001

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Bridgwater - 8thin 'Feature cart - Open'

North Petherton - Cancelled

Burnham - Not placed in top 4 entries

Shepton Mallet - 10th in 'Feature Cart - Open'

Wells - Full result not yet released

Glastonbury - Full result not yet released

Weston-Super-Mare - Full result not yet released

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 November 2011 21:10
 

Glastonbury 2011

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The crowds at Glastonbury were huge this year; I don't think I've ever seen so many people there! The night was dry and warm and with the cancellation of North Petherton I guess many who would have gone there came to Glastonbury instead. The procession went well with another good response from the crowd.

Thanks to for this YouTube video.

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 From Glastonbury we took the cart across to Weston, the start of the journey was quite slow as we were stuck behind another club’s decorated tractor, we managed to get the cart past but the genie was stuck. When we got to the Piper’s Inn the cart went off up the A39 and the genie went down the A361 to try and by-pass the slow decorated tractor. The journey went very well and we arrived in Weston at about 1AM with the genie arriving about 15 min later. Sadly en-route we lost a section of roof that came down after being weakened by the rain over the past few days and when the gennie arrived we noticed the 3-phase tails had been trailing on the ground  (school-boy error).

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 November 2011 21:15
 
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