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 7th May 2018, please book early if you would like a pitch at the car boot.

Westonzoyland Carnival Club

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
 

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
 

Father Christmas 2009

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Father Christmas on his sleighA big thank-you to Father Christmas who helped Westonzoyland CC raise over £2500 to be shared between the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and carnival club funds.  Santa rode his sleigh through Westonzoyland and surrounding villages escorted by club members who collected the contributions.

It was an excellent opportunity for Santa to check-up on who was being good before he delivered his presents on Christmas Day. Despite the cold weather (not a problem for Santa) and difficult financial times, the club were grateful for the support they received. This year the club made Santa a new sleigh to use while he was in the area, so a big thank-you to Steve Hamlett and Matt Heard for the MANY hours they spent building it!   An amazing number of cups of tea and chocolates were also consumed.

Father Christmas at the Westonzoyland Community CenterThe excitement sent a shiver down your spine as the announcement went out that Father Christmas was on his way and around 30 children (plus a few adults) ran outside to see him arrive.  Unfortunately the announcement went out a little early and there was a tense wait before the music from the sleigh could be heard and finally the sleigh was seen at the end of Cheer Lane, escorted by club members.  Father Christmas had dropped in to support the Westonzoyland Christmas Fair organized by the carnival club.  There were up to 20 stalls selling all kinds of last-minute Christmas presents from bags made of re-cycled clothes, locally made jewellery and kits to make your own candles from beeswax.  There were also the obligatory mince pies and cups of tea.  Thank-you to all club members who helped organise this event.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 08:04
 

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

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In February 2010, our Treasurer Lisa Gilbert handed over a cheque for £1570 to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.  This money was collected during the run-up to Christmas by Father Christmas and his helpers, when his sleigh travelled around Westonzoyland, Bridgwater and many other villages in the Sedgemoor area.  The club was delighted to have supported such a worthwhile charity this year, and would like to thank everyone who supported the collection, making this the largest amount that we have ever been able to donate to charity. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 08:02
 

Club Social 2009

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Saturday night was the "club social"; an opportunity for the club to have a party and invite all those who have helped through the year to say thank-you. It is also the club's prize-giving, a time to reflect on the work put in by club members through the year and recognise the special efforts put in by some members.

Cart Design:

Tim Martin and Phil Parsons

Best on Cart Female:

Kelly Williams and Lucy Goodman

Best Male on Cart:

Tim Martin

 

Club member Achievement award:

Sophie Lang and Phil Parsons

Non-member Achievement award:

Julie Bryant

Member of the year:

Steve Hamlett

Associate member of the year:

Roy Cottee

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 08:12
 


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