The Strawberry Tea at Wayside, Trunch Hill on Sunday was a great success.
In spite of the cricket match on the playing field there was an excellent attendance who enjoyed excellent refreshments. A total of £810 was raised for Breast Cancer Care. This would not have been possible without the help and support of many people. The organisers would like to thank everyone concerned.
Nobody could claim that the overall standard of cricket was particularly high at the Denton Oval on Sunday afternoon, but there were some excellent individual performances and the numerous spectators enjoyed a nail-biting finish to the game.
Such was the interest in taking part in this special match, dedicated to the memory of the late Craig Whipps, that there were enough players to make up three teams and a round-robin format was used with each team batting once.
Team A, “Chris’ Cowboys”(?), batted first against Team B, “Ruth’s Roustabouts”(?) and after a slow start managed to achieve 71 runs in the allotted 15 overs. Richard Palmer, 16, and Robin Godsmark, 15 were the main contributors.
Next up it was Team B’s turn to bat against Team C, “Emma’s Experts”(?). They got off to a good start thanks to a rapid 24 from Simon Hipwell and Justin Smith followed him with another 24 runs. To achieve these figures, batsmen were required to retire once past 20, they both signed off with a six hit. Jonathan Hanner finished 16 not out to leave the team total on 95.
Finally, it was Team C’s chance to demonstate their batting skills against Team A’s bowling and fielding. Opening, Andy Hipwell scored a rapid 15 before two batsmen achieved the maximum; Paul Bliss scored 21 and Dave Godsmark 22. Representing the senior players, Mike Fitzgerald contributed a quick 11 runs but, pressing on, he did manage to run out two of his partners. One of these was his captain Emma Whipps who scored a useful 6 runs, but the overs were running out.
Enter another veteran, Mr Cool — Mike Goater. It was the last over and three to win! The intrepid batsman kept his nerve and blocked the first three deliveries before hitting the fourth for a four to win the match with two balls to spare.
As well as watching the very entertaining cricket, the spectators enjoyed some excellent refreshments — the cakes were just amazing — and a good time was had by all. It was a very fitting tribute to the much-missed Craig.
Following their impressive first performance at the Jubilee celebrations the Denton Warblers are now reaching a wider audience.
On Satuday they appeared at the Sylehambury Music Festival at Syleham near Bury St Edmunds. Not quite as big as Glastonbury perhaps and thankfully not as muddy as the Isle of Wight, but all went well and their accomplished singing and playing received a very good reception. Dentonbury next perhaps?
Following their exertions at the Ball, village residents were allowed a day off on Sunday to recover before further celebrations were completed on Monday 4th June.
Activities began with a parade of old tractors, tractor-drawn floats and other interesting vehicles. This started at the Church and proceeded up Trunch Hill and round the Candlestick before finishing and parking on the Playing Field. All vehicles were suitably decked with flags, bunting etc.
The floats included an impressive Olympic theme, a real historic boat and a Land Rover pretending to be a boat. A “Black Hand” mobile cyder house did a great job refreshing all the participants. However the winner of the prize for the best display went to the Lambert/Whipps royal trailer, complete with corgis, with a guest appearance by Her Majesty herself. Several people commented that she looks more like Doris L every year.
After a short shower, games of rounders followed but everybody was really waiting for the tea party at 5 o’clock. Enormous piles of sandwiches, cakes and other delicacies had been prepared and at the appointed hour the locusts descended. While the food was consumed those in the marquee were entertained by the first ever performance by the village’s new Barber-Shop singing group accompanied by Simon Winter and Ken Ashton. And they all sang very sweetly.
Later, the result of the parade competition was announced by the judge, the Chairman of the Parish Council and the Loyal Toast was proposed by Eddie Winter.
Even later, a barbecue was laid on for those who had not eaten enough sandwiches and cakes and a television set up in the Hall so that revellers could watch the Jubilee Concert, the lighting of the final beacon and the firework display.
More photographs of the event by Lisa North can be seen at her Website under Client Proofing and Sales with the password “Celebration”.
In spite of the cold weather, eveybody attending the Jubilee Ball on Saturday night had a great time.
More than 170 people of all ages turned up in their finery and enjoyed: “interesting” red white and blue cocktails, an excellent two-course meal and a great band; Hot Stuff indeed! The bar did a roaring (and ale pouring at times) trade.
A new attraction this year was the “Olympic” table football tournament with some closely contested matches. The winners were Team GB (of course) — Karsten Kollov & Peter Foulger who beat the Korean Republic — Michael Webb and Mason English in the final.
The, unofficial, prize for the best turn-out went to the Porter Clan — see photo. Thanks to Lisa North for this photograph. More can be seen at her Website under Client Proofing and Sales with the password “Celebration”.
More thanks and congratulations to the organisers of the event.