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

Bridgwater 2011

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Final fiddlings and spraying

I don’t know what happened to this year’s build but we were very late, in fact the guys were still spraying as we pulled out of the shed, all the road-crew were covered in wet paint pulling the cart out. Although this was nothing compared to the amount of spray on those who spent all night finishing the cart.

The first job after getting the cart out was to head up to the air-field for a brake-test. But before this we had to fix the indicators which let us down again. The airfield was wet and slippery but we still managed to achieve the required levels. After a round of chips we headed off to town.

All was going well as we passed through the village but just passed the Chedzoy turning there came a call from Steve in the decorated tractor to say that “something had let go”. It turns out that no.2 piston had let go and the decorated tractor was stuck!

The decision was made to take the cart and gennie into the line-up and try to get the decorated tractor into the Half-Way Inn car-park. A “big thank-you” to Tim Burbridge and Ken Boobyier for coming out to help in the pouring rain! With their help we got the engine running to provide hydraulic power to the steering and Tim towed the cart up to the pub.

Later we caught up with the rest of the club and the cart in Parkway, where there was a lot of disspointed club members. So much work had gone into getting the tractor ready over the past 48hrs, several members had even worked through the last two nights, is was gutting to have to leave it behind.

The dissapointment changed to tension as the gennie was fired-up and many of the circuits were switched on for the first time (I told you we were running late). Fair play to the electricians, most of the lighting circuits worked first time and those that didn't were repaired as we moved up to the start, some new circuits were even wired in for the  first time with only 300yds to go to the start.Sadly some of the motor control didn't work as advertised and there was a certain amount of "I told you so" rumbling through the club.

But we were there at the start and we were going to enjoy it!

Despite the damp conditions the crowd was enthusiastic, although not long after we started word came over the radio that the motorway had been closed due to an accident which was going to mean getting out at the end of the procession was going to be difficult (we just didn’t know how difficult).

As we came down the finishing straight it started to get foggy and the rumours about the accident were getting more and more horrific.

Once we had finished and got all the performers off we made our way up the A38 to North-Petherton, but it wasn’t long before we were all stopped by the marshals as a number of emergency vehicles came past us. Finally then we were all moved into a short stretch of road between two round-a-bouts. The only problem with this was that Gary’s car (our only way of getting home) was now blocked in by 50, 100ft long carts and their support vehicles! Despite only owning his new VW for just 2 weeks Gary finally found a route over kerbs and round road-signs to get us home.

What a night it had been, but we made it home that night and sadly some didn’t…

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friend of those who lost their lives that night.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2011 14:45
 

Santa Collections

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Lisa handing over Santa Cheque to Sue SpoonerWe finally sent Lisa down to Musgrove neonatal baby unit this morning to hand over the money raised from last years santa collecting.

Half of this year's collectionwent to the St Margarets Hospice and the other half went to the special care baby unit at Musgrove. Musgrove are in the process of purchasing a Vaportherm machine which helps with the premature babies breathing they cost about £8,000 so all donations are very much appreciated. Sue Spooner receivedthe cheque on behalf of Musgrove and said some the money will go towards education, some to training and some for equipment, but it all goes to the neonatal unit.

Thank-you to Charlotte for the photo.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:50
 

Mayday Fete Success 2011

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On the 2nd May 2011 Westonzoyland Carnival Club organised the Village Mayday Fete. With 20 car-boots, 15 trade stalls, 30 Vintages vehicles, the local Emerge dance troop and many other activities the day was a great success.

The Fete was opened at 12:00 by the Mayday King and Queen cutting the ceremonial ribbon. The arrived at the fete with their assistants in Roger Mackey's 1956 Armstrong Siddeley.

Fete opening

This year's Mayday King and Queen were Steven and Lauren and their attendants were Hayden and Jessica all from Westonzoyland Junior school.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2011 11:48 Read more...
 

Steve - The final leg

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Steve on his first attemptAs many of you will be aware Steve was unable to complete the last day of the walk due to Cellulitus in his shins brought on by trauma. Before finally giving into the pain back in April he was walking down the hills backward so that his shins didn't hurt as much. Having missed the last day Steve felt he couldn't collect his sponsor money untill he had completed the last 45 miles, so during the 27th and 28th May he will be walking the last 45 miles, so if you see him walking between Crediton and Westonzoyland give him a wave.

We are hoping he will be back in the village around 7:30pm on Saturday. Stay tuned to keep up with his progress.

27th May

2226 : Just heard from Steve, he got as far as Tiverton today which leaves him with 36 miles to do tomorrow. His legs are causing a little discomfort but he is confident tomorrow will be a good day.

 28th May

1036 : Steve has crossed the border and is now back in Somerset.

1410 : Steve is making good progress and has just made it through Taunton. He is hoping to make Burrobridge at about 7pm and back to The Sedgmoor Inn Westonzoyland at arount 8pm.

 2000 : Steve was joined for the last 10 miles of his walk by Matt Heard and he finally made it home to the cheers  club members. A bottle of champagne was waiting which was duly sprayed over those watching. Congratulations Steve!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2011 06:30
 

Thank-you

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Tim and Steve would like to say a BIG thank-you to all those who supported their walk from Lands End to Westonzoyland. It truley was a magnificent effort that was only made possible by the club members and non-members who gave of their time and effort to prepare, support and encourage them along the way. A special thank-you to their wives Tracy and Ruth and to the support drivers Trevor, Roy and Andrew

Sadly Steve had to pull out of the last day due to a tissue infection in his legs, but once recovered he has vowed to complete the last days walk.

Thank-you to all from the King Alfred Pub at Burrowbrigde for creating a wonderful reception committee and especially to all at the Sedgemoor Inn for the welcome party.

If you'd like to sponsor us you can do that through Paypal all donations are going toward club funds ready for Novembers Carnival season.

Tim and Dad
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2011 08:29
 


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