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

Friday (early)

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I arrived at the shed about 7.00am to find a group of very weary club members still painting and hammering! Sadly they had run out of tea due to a lack of milk, so the first task was to put the kettle on.

Front gates on tractorA lot was completed overnight; the tractor cab area was boxed in and the walls on the rest of the tractor were built and sprayed.  All the decoration was on the generator and even the front gates had some spray detail although they won't be wired up until Bridgwater Parkway, so let's hope it doesn't rain.

Whilst some members continued to build, others started to remove the scaffold ready for the pull out.  The genni trailer came out easy enough and although the arches on the tractor roof were a couple of inches higher than the the shed roof supports, it still came out!

Finally the cart, which is always a difficult to pull out as there is a dip in the ground just as we leave the shed and we often ground out (perhaps we should fill the hole for next year?), but this time a few more revs from AJ's shiny new tractor and we were out.

We left the community centre field to the cheers on Westonzoyland Primary School who come out every year to cheer us on, and some of the children know just as much about carnival as the adults; some could even educate their classmates on the order in which the different components would leave the shed.

Cart awaiting  some bulbsNow we had to pull the cart down to the end of the airfield for a weight and brake check; this was an easy enough run and all the checks were soon completed, 44 tons :-)  We don't need to be in town until 2.00pm and its now 11.00am, so we have a 'little tinkering time'.

See you all at Bridgwater Carnival

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:11
 

Thursday night (Late)

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I arrived at the shed at 2.00pm on Thursday and it was a very sombre atmosphere.  Everybody had been working 24 hours straight and they were starting to flag.  The generator sides are still bare and the tractor is about 50% complete but Andy and Budge are still beavering away, we also managed to rope-in a few more bodies to help the last push.

Tonight's meal is stew, which we are all looking forward to, but before that there is more wood to fit and paint.

I left the shed at 10:00pm last night but I could hear the sound of sawing and hammering all the way home.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:12
 

Dragon Warriors - Final push

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With just under a week to go an atmosphere of excitement and tension is starting to fill the shed.  Sunday night saw the final meeting of the road crew and a last chance for the whole club to meet before the first carnival in Bridgwater on Friday the 5th.

With all the talk of VSO and licensing this year, just about every mechanical component has been checked and double checked.  Darren and Trevor have completely refurbished all the brakes over the last year and Andrew has rewired the lights and driver comms, so we should be good to go.  With all these checks completed the road crew took the trailer into town on Saturday to pick up the generator, confident all was well.  Sadly a phone call an hour later brought us back to earth, the guys had had a puncture in one of the rear tyres of the trailer, the same tyre that was repaired last year, so on went a new tyre.  Somet hings you just can't plan for, let's hope that's our only puncture this year!

Most of the engineering is nearing completion; Matt and Steve are finishing the steel on the generator trailer roof and all being well Tim has fixed the gates on the tractor :-)  There is still plenty of plywood to be fitted; Phil, Ross, Matt, James and Adam led by Budgie are still building walls and arches, but the finish line is in sight.

The girls have been painting for what seems like weeks, but there is still more to do.  Sophie and Lisa have covered the paint-room floor with glitter and even put some of it on the crystals :-)  Georgina, Henny, Michelle, Lucy, Kelly and Marie are now frantically painting the whole cart from top to bottom, although some are less keen than others to paint the top.  Ray has added some detail that brings the whole cart to life and Christian has applied his artistic talents to the dragons which has given them a new lease of life.  Wires are hanging from everywhere but Gary and Rich assure us they know what each one does and where it goes, I guess we'll soon find out!  Most of the speakers are now in place, and although we have not yet had a full sound check I'm sure Russell and Pete will be winding up the gramophone later this week.

Some of the performers were a little shocked when they saw the height and size of the dance platforms, but with practice well under way there's no time to change dance the moves.

Some late nights over the weekend have brought the cart on a long way and with some of the detailed components being fitted it's all taking shape.  Thanks to Sophie and Becky for the roast potatoes and sausage stew that have brought a welcome break to those long evenings.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:19
 

One day left

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Just 24 hour to go now before we pull out for our VSO test and it’s difficult to believe we’ll be finished in time.  Last night Phil closed up the shed at 1:30am but we’ll probably be working through the night tonight.

‘Budgie’ (Daaaddddd!) is looking a little more stressed every time I see him, it’s amazing how his brain works to visualise the completed cart even though there is just a pile of wood in front of him.  Our Cart Captain Tim is battling through the stream of questions concerning “what shall I do next?”, “where does this go?” and “how long do you want this?”, yet he still manages to get his own jobs completed.

The gates at the front of the tractor now open and close, but they still need to be painted, have their bulb holders fitted and be wired up.  Most of the crystals are fitted on the cart and tractor, although they still need wiring up and having their tops glued on.  The guys are still cutting out ‘stones’ and screwing them on there is still a lot of painting to do, many areas need to be blacked out and edges covered over.  We wasted over an hour last night trying to work out which stained glass window fitted in which hole, they were apparently marked as they were removed, but some of these markings were in invisible ink.  Look for the Roman numeral “L” in the top of the windows for our 50th cart.

Last night’s menu was vegetable soup, which gave a chance for a welcome break and a time to retell stories of disasters in previous carnivals and to remember those who want be with us this year.

Carnival advertOne bit of good news; an article in “Woman’s Weekly” advertising Bridgwater carnival used a picture of last year's cart.  Also, keep your eye on the TV news of Friday night, there are rumours that we may be featuring...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 November 2010 12:15
 

Club's 50th Anniversary Meal

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On June 5th 2010 Westonzoyland Carnival Club celebrated its 50th year in carnival with a Dinner Dance. Over 100 current and previous members attended, as well as specially invited guests.  There were 7 previous chairmen as well as our current chairman Chris Burge, and each had a story to tell of their time in the club.

Several members were invited to speak about a particular decade in the clubs history.  Unfortunately Bob Heard who was going to speak about the 60's was ill and unable to attend, so Pete (Bertie) Evans took up the baton covering the 60's and 70's.  Club chairman Chris Burge spoke about the 80's and 90's and our current Cart Captain Tim Martin finished off with the 0's. 

Guest speaker for the evening was Dave Stokes, currently publicity manager for Bridgwater Carnival Committee. Dave grew up in Westonzoyland and from the age of 12 was often found at the shed building or painting.

50thy Anniversary cakerA specially commissioned cake decorated with the Club's emblem and logo "Laborare Una" (which means 'working together') was cut as a final act of celebration before Spohie Morris performed a selection of classical and more modern songs accompanied by Ryan Burge on guitar. The evening finished with a disco.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 August 2010 12:19
 


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