Wymondham May Festival
Programme of Events
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Car-parking for the day will be on the Sedley Sports Field towards the Melton end of the village, across the road from the School and Sedley Centre. If you arrive in a vehicle, please do not leave it on any of the village roads. The Rutland Flyer bus service runs between Melton and Oakham every couple of hours during the day, and then once an hour from mid-afternoon.
Toilets are at the School and nearby Sedley Centre; Berkeley Arms; Village Hall and Church (after 4:00pm).
There's a public telephone on Main Street almost opposite the Berkeley Arms, and one in the Village Hall.
The Red Cross will be in the Village Hall, along Church Lane (which is opposite the Post Office/Cottage Stores).
The Festival Co-Ordinator will be at a table near the bus shelter on the Village
Green throughout the main part of the day.
Activities on the School field...
Junior 5-Aside Football Tournament
Running from 10:30am until lunchtime on the St Peter's Primary School playing
field, with teams from Asfordby; Scalford; Sewstern; St Peter's Wymondham; plus
another Wymondham-based team.
The 5-Aside Football Tournament will be accompanied by Mr & Mrs Healey's
fairground organ from Oakham, sponsored by Wymondham Juniors Football Club.
There'll also be Hot Dogs and refreshments to add to the carnival atmosphere.
Test your agility and leap around like a Border Collie at Crufts! You'll
need to get two footballs from Point A (here) to Point B (there), so in your
own time, on your marks: Go!
Always popular with the youngsters, there'll be pony rides round the School
field. At lunchtime the School field events will finish and this activity
will transfer to the Village Green.
At 12:30pm a troupe of singers will lead the procession from the School to the
official opening of the Festival on the Village Green at 1:00pm. Singing will
take place around the village during the day.
Activities on the Village Green...
May King & Queen
The May King & Queen (chosen by the drawing of lots by non-partisan parties),
will open the Festival, present prizes, confirm honours and no doubt order heads to
roll. They should be assisted by the girls of the 105.4 Leicester Sound Black
Thunder Crew. Whoohoo!
After a hunt for the hole and the pole, and many hours confuzzulating the dancers,
Wymondham is all set to welcome the Spring on the Village Green at 1:30pm. On
the extreme off-chance that the weather should be inclement, an emergency Backup Plan
B shall be set in motion.
Morris Dancing will take place on the Village Green at 2:00pm and outside the
Berkeley Arms at 3.00pm. It's a great way to settle old scores, so impromptu
Grand Prize Giving
On the Village Green at 4:30pm for general back-slapping and jeering and finishing
off the beer. Please see below for further games
and stalls on the Green.
Activities at the Berkeley Arms...
Our village pub will be open throughout the day, so do drop in to wet your whistle and
have a simple meal. Jeff the Chef will certainly welcome you back for something more
elaborate at a later date. We offer warm thanks to Jeff and Brigitte and Punch Taverns
for their support of the Festival.
From 2:00pm at the Berkeley Arms with prizes for the best Senior and Junior Tossers
of the Day (it says here). With grateful thanks to Messrs Holman, Gresham & Watkins for
the supply of Olympic-standard bales, used for diverse purposes all around the festival.
Also at the Berkeley Arms. A rope of adequate strength has been promised, but
the winning team may be required to use it to haul off the old crates at the...
Motorcycle & Car Display
Prized possessions will be polished off and presented for your pleasure.
This will be mainly a static display outside the Berkeley Arms, but who knows
who we might be able to persuade to come for a ride along Wymondham's Main
In the Berkeley Arms garden or paddock. Just the excuse to get your shoes
off. In fact, there should be a whole range of fairground entertainments,
right down to candy floss for those who would never use the dental variety.
(Note to self: flog off remaining furniture to pay for dental plan.)
Also at the Berkeley, this should bring back memories for those who knew
Wymondham at the time of the fabled Jubilee Pram Race.
Hand Bell Ringing
Listen out for a performance at the Berkeley Arms at about 3:45pm. The Hand Bell
Ringers will have just performed at a Very Important Wedding at St Peter's Church,
so you can pop along there at the end of the afternoon to admire the flowers and
join in with the Gospel Singing Workshop at
Games on the Village Green include...
Beat The Goalie
Note: This will be accomplished with a football. Please leave canes,
sticks etc at home.
Throw A Sponge
Which village notables will step forward as potential targets?
They can travel as far as Somerset, me Dear, so please return to this website
for progress reports.
Guess The Weight Of The Sheep
At the time of writing it is unconfirmed whether or not Mr W Baines &
Family will invite the winner to share a lamb hotpot on Sunday.
Junior Hobby Horse Race
Red Rum was once stabled at Wymondham Manor. Not-a-lotta people
knew that... until now.
Loads of fun for your little treasures.
Beat The Buzzer
Your starter for ten...
Play Your Cards Right
... and you might...
The quest of many a Wymondham bachelor. But will she have cause to...
Stalls on the Village Green include...
Activities at the Village Hall...
The Village Hall is along Church Lane, and will be open from 11:00am until 4:30pm. You'll
find a cool place to stop for tea or coffee; stalls with cakes, books, jewellery, bric-a-brac; a
tombola, toilets and telephone (not linked in any particular way); and members of the Red Cross
to Ooh and Aah at your blisters and sunburn (or wet-rot).
Hank & Reg
Our day-long festivities on 6th May, 2006 will culminate with a visit from Hank Wangford
& Reg Meuross to Wymondham Village Hall. Starting at 8pm, Hank and Reg will share
with us their love of the dark heart of Country music. They will sing their toetappers
and tearjerkers, both solo and together, and there will also be book-readings, stories and
even poetry. So tie up your steed, stride in through the authentic swing doors, and settle
down to enjoy two masters "picking at the miserable underbelly of country music". CDs
and other goodies should be available for fans old and new to purchase. Yeehaw!
Activities at the Church...
Gospel Singing Workshop
There'll be a wedding at St Peter's Church during the afternoon, but from about 4:00pm you'll be able to visit and admire the flowers and new kneelers, and join Paul Rush, the Evangelism Officer for the Church of England in Leicestershire, for a Gospel Singing Workshop at 5:00pm.