Weekly club meeting are held at our headquarters in the Sedgemoor Inn, if you are interested in joining please contact us or come along on a Sunday evening and meet up with us before our meeting at 7:30p

Mayday Fete this year will be on the 5th May, please book early if you would like a pitch at the car boot.

Westonzoyland Carnival Club

Shepton Mallet 2010

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At last, a rain-free carnival.  The road crew had started the day by taking the decorated tractor to Pilton, hitching up the cart and genni and dragging it all to the back of the line-up at Shepton Mallet.  They then spent almost all afternoon replacing blown bulbs after the rain at Burnham.  By the time the rest of us arrived at 6.00pm the whole cart was lit up.  A small problem with the chain on one of our sets of crystals meant they wouldn't run tonight, but everything else is working.

Dragons on front of genni trailerThe procession started at 7.30pm, but we didn't cross the start line until after 9.30pm. The crowd were again very appreciative with plenty of applause and encouragement coming our way.  The procession went well with no incident, apart from the cart and genni having a small kiss as we negotiated a particularly tight turn.

Once we crossed the finish line we were on the final drag up the hill to the Foss round-about when the cart in front stopped to let their road crew get on.  Although they stopped on a flat stretch of road it meant we had to stop on possibly the steepest part of the hill, but some great driving from Steve meant we pulled away nice and easily.

We had a good drive into Wells too, almost without incident and we parked up in Division Two in a nicely sheltered spot under the bridge, and judging by tonight's forecast we couldn't be in a better place.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 November 2010 10:35
 

Results 2010

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Bridgwater - 3rd in 'Feature cart - Open' (webpage) - our best result in 23 years!

North Petherton - 1st in 'Feature Cart- Local' (webpage)

Burnham - 7th in 'Class 3 - Feature - Open' and 4th in 'Class 22 - Most Outstanding Costume' (webpage)

Shepton Mallet - 7th in 'Feature Cart - Open' (webpage)

Wells - Full result not yet released

Glastonbury - 7th in 'Feature Cart - Open' (webpage

Weston-Super-Mare - 7th in 'Feature Cart - Open' (webpage) and 7th in the decorated tractor class.

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 November 2010 07:40
 

North Petherton 2010

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After the great result last night (3rd at Bridgwater) everybody was up-beat for the carnival ahead.  There was still lots to paint and some engineering to modify.  The police came round to check over the cart and suddenly the indicators stopped working!

North Pertherton is normally a wet carnival but tonight was clear and dry as the procession set off into town, the crowd looked happy and appreciative.  We crossed the start line just as the first few drops of rain started to fall...

We had a few technical issues with some of the wheels on the cart which led to a difference of opinion between the enineering team and the electrical team as to whether they should be switched off or left on.  Just like a family we have our disagreements from time to time.

We'd just passed the judges at the community centre, when the music went off! Whilst Budgie and Gary fiddled with the buttons, the cast did really well and managed to complete two whole sequences whilst keeping in time with no music, well done guys!  Soon the flat battery in the MP3 player was replaced and we were underway again, much to everyone's relief.

Finally we crossed the finish line and the rain was easing off, it had been a long carnival, but we'd made it!

It didn't take long to get everyone off and we could start the journey to Burnham.  A quick stop just outside Bridgwater to break down the cart and we were heading for our next stop.  It was a good journey with very little traffic and we were able to park up with out any problems.

Now to head home for our party at the Westonzoyland Community Centre.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:05
 

Burnham Carnival 2010

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When you walk from the start of the procession back down the line to find your cart, it's amazing how it always seems much further back than when you left it!

I arrived at the cart to see Steve and Matts' hands covered in oil and grease, so they had obviously had a busy day, but was it good busy or bad busy? As it turned out it was a bit of both.

Lined up at BurnhamA closer inspection of Matt's hands revealed a rather swollen little 'pinky'! Apparently he'd picked up another puncture on the inside wheel of the rear axle of the front bogie of our generator trailer. Whilst Matt and Steve tried to remove the wheel, the handle slipped off the jack crushing Matt's finger-ouch! By 5.00pm they'd got the wheel off (it hasn't been off for a while!) so now to get the tyre off the rim… Apparently that took another hour and the ATS guy had given up, but in true carnival style Matt and Steve managed to get the tyre off and the puncture was repaired.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 November 2010 10:34 Read more...
 

Bridgwater Carnival 2010

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The trip into Bridgwater went really well and we were soon coupled up and in line.  Now was the chance to fit the rest of the 15000 light bulbs, touch up some last bits of painting, connect the last few wires and finally fix the front gates!

In between all this our Chairman 'Budgie' had to break off to do a little filming for ITV West, did you see him?

The cast of Dragon WarriorsThe cast started to arrived about 6pm and helped fit the last few bulbs.  I'd never seen the costumes and make-up before and they certainly looked good with the cart.  Due to the high dance positions, loading took a little longer than we expected but soon they were all on and the music wound up, time for a last practice.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 November 2010 15:21 Read more...
 


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