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Chatteris Midsummer Festival 28th - 29th June 2014

Entertainers • Party in the Park It’s a Knockout •Tug of War • Parade Re-enactments • Stalls • Competitions Inflatables • Fun Dog Show ....and much more!! Admission at Gate £1 per person on Saturday & Sunday

Welcome Greetings to all! It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the 2014 Chatteris Midsummer Festival programme which will give you a comprehensive guide to the many and varied activities on offer. The Midsummer Festival will run from June 27th to 29th at Furrowfields Recreation Ground and will include the walking parade, Party in the Park, Tug of War and It’s a Knockout competitions and the everpopular dog show. Entry to the Festival site is just £1 per person each day. This year we have some new, local providers working with the Festival Committee in running some of the main attractions - as such a big welcome is extended to Discover Your Mojo who are taking part in this year’s Midsummer Festival for the first time and hopefully for many more to come. Returning will be the Living History Day for schoolchildren, the cream teas and, of course, the popular arena events including performances by local groups, historic re-enactors, children’s entertainers and musical items. Attractions for children will include junior versions of the Tug of War and It’s a Knockout competitions on the Sunday, a land train on the Saturday and the ever popular fun fair, inflatables and performances by Devilstick Peat and the Dragons of Wye-ten over the weekend. The organisers are hoping as many residents as possible will be involved by taking part or cheering on the parade, taking part in the competitions, supporting talented local singers at the Party in the Park or simply watching the fun. The Festival is a great example of partnership working between the two main funders Chatteris Town Council and Fenland District Council. I would like to thank these two bodies for their continued support, but also a huge ‘thank you’ to the dedicated band of hard working volunteers from the community – maybe you would like to help in the future? I sincerely hope you will all come along and help support this community event – it should prove to be good fun come rain or shine! All very best wishes, Cllr. James Carney Mayor of Chatteris 2014-15


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Festival Parade Saturday 28th June at 11am Once again the Festival Parade will launch this year’s Festival. The organisers are hoping many local groups and individuals will take part in this year’s walking parade which will leave the Church Lane car park at 11am on the Saturday and make its way through the centre of the town to the event site at Furrowfields Recreation Ground The theme this year is The Armed Forces to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Participants are asked to register in advance by ringing 695166 or e-mailing Those taking part should assemble at 10.30am. Please come along and cheer on the parade.

The Winning Group from the 2013 Parade

Last year’s judge Andy Brown presenting the winner’s trophy to the Best Dressed Youth Group

Shop Window Dressing Event Chatteris Rotary Club is expecting 13 shops in the town to dress their windows as part of the Festival. Participants have been asked to follow the Festival theme of the Armed Forces. Judging will take place on Tuesday 24th June. Each of three prize winners will receive a small donation payable to a charity of their choice. Please find time to view the displays.



Performers and Attractions Throughout the programme you will find some more information about the wonderful variety of performers at the festival, details of the events on pages 13-15 and the weekend’s arena schedule in the centre pages, 16-17. Plenty of assistance to help you plan your days this year!

Devilstick Peat ...the complete fool! When Peat first told his family and friends about his ambition to become a fool they were, understandably, concerned! However, undeterred by their reservations Peat persevered and has spent the last 17 years learning a multitude of talents which, mixed with his own zany brand of humour, has resulted in Devilstick Peat reaching near iconic status within the circus, entertainment, and re-enactment communities. Peat has worked in over 20 countries on 3 continents and has had the pleasure of performing at The British and European Juggling Conventions, Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts, some of Europe’s largest medieval festivals, various castles and even conflict zones.

The Victorian Strollers We are a well established Network of friends of all ages from all over Southern England (and up to Hull in fact), with a similar interest, who specialise in portraying Victorian gentlefolk with a great range of award winning characters in authentic period costumes; Gentlemen, Ladies, Officers, Children and on occasion a few of the ‘lower classes’ as well. A fine group for adding that extra Victorian flavour to any event. Feel free to ask us questions, admire our outfits and have your photograph taken with us as we stroll around.

The Pentacle Drummers The Pentacle Drummers were founded in 2001 to perform at the Lammas Festival to accompany the Eastbourne Giants, ‘Herne the Hunter’ and ‘Andred’, Saxon Goddess of the Weald. Since then they have grown from a small group to a troupe in excess of 40 members who perform at over 30 events a year. In their main livery of green and red, their tatter coats and face paint helping to lend a theatrical touch to events, they share their contagious, powerful, tribal-esque rhythms and entertain the masses.


Farcet Dance and Twirl The troupe have been together since 2005 and in that time they have performed at various functions. Dance & Twirl perform to contemporary music using dance poms and batons. The troupe have proved a great success and they really enjoy their performances. A feature of the troupe is the pink sports car that leads them out and also provides the backing music at outdoor events. The Chief Instructor and founder Mrs Denise Fovargue along with Mrs Mel Hamlet and Troupe leader Rebecca Ward all hope you really enjoy the performances. For more information contact Denise on 07527 054122.

The Outlaws The Outlaws Western Club are a group of like minded folks of all backgrounds that enjoy getting together, dressing as cowboys, saloon girls or just towns folk and having a good time, raising money for local needy people & organisations. We are very much a family Club and still have a number of members who first joined in 1979, the year the Club was formed. Anyone is welcome to any of our events and meetings. You never know, you might get to like being a bit of a cowboy!

The Dragons of Wye-ten We are a family run puppet theatre specialising in medieval puppetry with jousting knights, princesses to be rescued and our speciality, sword-fighting dragons. Our puppetry retells some of the oldest tales ever told, along with new stories from our writing team. As well as stories told on our stage we also present the Medieval Interactive Puppet Show, where the children are encouraged to become the puppeteers! This includes Yumi, our 12ft long dragon for 5 children at a time to puppeteer! - In front of our stageWalkabout. There will be two walkabouts, one with our baby dragon and one with our 5ft long dragon, both of which are much loved and appreciated by our audiences.


Party in the Park Saturday 28th June 2014 Young Chatteris musician Christian Smith has been working hard for many months to ensure this year’s Party in the Park is a memorable evening. Christian has been working with local singers and musicians to put together a programme of entertainment which should appeal to everyone. The line-up for the Party in the Park will be as follows:

Music & Spies

5.00 - 5.30

Kira 5.40 - 5.50 Shannon + Dancers 5.55 - 6.05 Hollie- Solo Dancer 6.10 - 6.15

Katy Watts

6.20 - 6.40

Holly 6.45 - 6.55 Holly + Connor 7.00 - 7.10


7.15 - 7.25

Heartwork 7.30 - 8.00


8.05 - 8.20


8.25 - 8.55


9.00 - 9.20

Christian Smith

9.25 - 9.45

The Islanders 9.50 - 10.15 Violet Bones 10.30 - 11.00

Once again there will be a beer tent and refreshment stalls on site and the entry fee for the whole of Saturday is just ÂŁ1 per person: if you attend during the day there will be no additional charge for the Party in the Park this year.

Please be aware that no alcohol is to be brought on to the Festival site and bag searches may be carried out.


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In the Arena 2pm and 4pm on Saturday at at 10.30am and on Sunday

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Games to be run hourly over the weekend and should last for no more than 45 minutes.


Cream Tea Afternoon Sunday 29th June 1.00 - 4.00pm Scone, butter, jam & cream £3.00 Strawberries & cream £3.00 A variety of other cakes £2.00 All served with a free cup of tea or coffee

Children’s Choice Orange or lemon squash & children’s cake 50p Talented young musicians Bonnie and Rosie Scott will be entertaining those dining by playing their harps, weather permitting.


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Festival Events Saturday 21st June Concert - Golden Moments from Opera with the Hatstand Opera Company Chatteris Music Society presents “The Hatstand Opera Company” in “Golden Moments from Opera” (all the favourite arias, changes of costumes and much humour) in Chatteris Parish Church at 7.30pm. Tickets £12.50 each if pre-booked from 01354 669104 or 01354 692009, or from Elizabeth’s Florist; or £15.00 on the door. Under 16s free. Refreshments will be available.

Friday 27th June Schools Living History Day At Furrowfields. Talks, demonstrations and activities with an historical theme, covering many historical periods from the Vikings and Romans to World Wars I and II.

Saturday 28th June Festival at Furrowfields Recreation Ground Gates open 10am. Performances by Pentacle Drummers, Devilstick Peat, Dragons of Wye-ten, Farcet Dance and Twirl, the Victorian Strollers and other local groups in the arena and demonstrations and battles by re-enactors including Clanwulfhar Vikings, Moment in Time and the Outlaws. There will also be inflatables fun, war time exhibitions, a fun fair, many stalls and refreshments.

Marquee at Furrowfields There will be craft and community stalls in the marquee along with a Warlord’s Games Society public participation game and a book stall. The Great Chatteris Bakery and Cake Decorating competition will take place in the afternoon. (To book a stall or to obtain the baking competition rules, recipes and entry form e-mail or ring 695166) will take place in the afternoon.

Dragons of Wye-ten


Festival Parade Departs from Church Lane car park at 11am, assembly at 10.30am. Walking parade on the theme of the Armed Forces. All groups and individuals welcome to take part to register ring 695166 or e-mail chatteriscouncil@ Please support the parade by lining the route via Market Hill and High Street to Furrowfields.

Fancy Dress Competition To be judged in the main Arena at Furrowfields following the arrival of the Walking Parade (approximately 11.45 am). The Fancy Dress theme is The Armed Forces.

Party in the Park Following the success of the 2012 & 2013 events local singers and bands, including Violet Bones, will once again entertain and prove that Chatteris and the surrounding towns and villages have the X-Factor. Performances from 5pm to 11pm. Refreshments available.

Sunday 29th June Festival at Furrowfields Recreation Ground Gates open 10am. In addition to the dog show, tug of war and It’s a Knockout competitions, there will also be performances, talks and re-enactments by Moment in Time, Clanwulfhar Vikings, Pentacle Drummers, Victorian Strollers, Devilstick Peat, and the Dragons of Wyeten, craft and community stalls in the marquee, other stalls, inflatables, a funfair and refreshments available.

Fun Dog Show at Furrowfields Registration from 10am and show begins at 11am. Classes on the Armed Forces theme. ÂŁ1 entry for 4 classes.

United Church Service Outside the Parish Church at 10.30am and Armed Forces Day Service at the War Memorial


Tug of War Competitions At Furrowfields when the Dog Show ends (12 noon to 1pm). Teams of 6, entry fee just £1 per person. Prize for winning team. To ensure a place please enter in advance by ringing 01354 695166 or e-mailing chatteriscouncil@ No teams will be accepted after 11am on the 29th June. There will also be competitions for children in two age groups 8 11 and 12 – 15 with prizes for all participants.

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Its A Knockout Competitions At Furrowfields (from approximately 2pm). Teams of 6 to 8 competitors are invited to take part in a number of silly games and challenges using a variety of inflatables designed to test the competitors’ skills and stamina. Prize for winning team. Entry fee only £2 per person. To ensure a place enter in advance as above. There is also a children’s competition for 8 – 16 year olds with prizes for all participants.

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Strawberry Cream Teas Will be served in the gazebo at Furrowfields 1pm to 4pm.

Over the Weekend Flypast Confirmation has been received from the RAF that, subject to weather conditions, the Festival is scheduled for a Flypast by a Spitfire on the Saturday. The timing to be confirmed.

For more information, entry forms, etc, please contact Joanna Melton on 695166 or e-mail or visit the websites: or


Timetable of Events Entry each day is just £1 per person and stamps are available for those wishing to re-enter. Access to the site is via Furrowfields (the St Stephen’s Drive gate will not be open to the public). Parking is available at Furrowfields car park.

Arena Events Saturday

Christian Smith, organiser of the Party in the Park


Event opens to public


Parade leaves Church Lane car park


Parade arrives at site


Parade Judging

12 noon

Pentacle Drummers




Farcet Dance & Twirl


The Outlaws


Clan Wulfhar Vikings


Farcet Dance & Twirl


Pentacle Drummers


Zumba Demonstration


Clan Wulfhar Vikings


Pentacle Drummers

5.00pm - 11.00pm

Party in the Park

On the Saturday, subject to the weather, there should be a flypast by a Supermarine Spitfire (time to be confirmed).

Devilstick Peat, Dragons of Wye-ten and Moment In Time will perform outside their tents during the day. Look out for the timetables near their tents. The programme is subject to change


Saturday and Sunday Arena Events Sunday 10am

Event opens to public


Registration for Dog Show


Clan Wulfhar Vikings


Dog Show

12 noon (or when Dog Show ends)

Tug of War


Pentacle Drummers


It’s a Knockout competitions

4.00pm (or when It’s a Knockout ends)

Pentacle Drummers

Devilstick Peat, Dragons of Wye-ten, Clan Wulfhar Vikings, Moment In Time and The Outlaws will perform outside their tents during the day. Look out for the timetables near their tents.

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All Day Events on the Saturday and Sunday include: Inflatables • Fun fair rides • living history encampments • static falconry • stalls promoting local activities and services • competitions • trade stalls • food stalls • beer tent • craft stalls

Alcohol Please note No Alcohol should be brought on to the Festival site. Bag searches may be carried out and any alcohol discovered will be confiscated and returned to its owners when they leave the site.


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Fun Dog Show Sunday 29th June In the arena at Furrowfields Registration from 10am with judging at 11am

Classes: 1. Smartest Soldier - Any male dog, any age 2. Loveliest Land Girl - Any female dog, any age 3. Cutest Cadet - Any dog under 2 years old, male or female 4. Proudest Veteran - Any dog 7 years or over, male or female 5. Happiest Hero - Any dog between 2 and 7 years old male or female 6. Wildest Tail Wave - Any dog, looking for the waggiest tail 7. Best Spy - Any dog, looking for the nicest eyes 8. Coolest Casualty- Any dog with a disability or wearing a bandage 9. Man’s Best Friend - Dog that looks most like its owner 10. Churchill’s Champion - Dog dressed up - anything to do with theme of the war All owners must behave responsibly, keep their dogs on a lead and clear up after them.

Entries on the day only. Entry fee £1 per dog - NOT per class, enter as many classes as you like.

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Over the weekend the marquee will be the venue for craft and community stalls, warlord games, cake decorating, etc. If you make craft items at home you wish to sell or your club or group wishes to raise much-needed funds please contact Joanna Melton on 01354 695166 or e-mail for a booking form for the stalls. It is possible to take bookings up until Wednesday 26th June.


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Great Chatteris Cake Baking & Decorating Competition Following on from the success of last year, once again we are holding the Great Chatteris Cake Baking and Decorating Competition when local cooks will be able to prove they produce the best and most attractive cakes.

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Cake Decorating There will be a special event at 2pm on the Festival Saturday – a live cake decorating competition in the marquee. Participants will be invited to produce the most creative decorated cake in the one hour allotted. The basics for taking part will be provided – dummy cakes, a cake board, icing, a few cutters and colourings – but participants are invited to bring along their own boards, rolling pins and tools.

Cake Baking Participants will be invited to enter cakes in the following categories:

Class 1 Best Victoria Sponge

Class 2 Best Decorated Cup Cake

Class 3 Best Decorated Celebration Cake

Class 4 Children’s Best Decorated Cup Cake

For full details of the rules and recipes please see the website or e-mail

Last year’s winners being congratulated by the judges, The Victorian Strollers


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Chatteris Remembers Among the many exhibitions and stalls at the Festival will be a display from Chatteris Remembers and it is hoped the children who have been involved with the project will also take part in the parade and play some World War I music. “Chatteris Remembers” has been a year-long project; researchers have worked with the Year Six pupils from Kingsfield School who have researched the lives and military careers of the 160 Chatteris men who died in the First World War and are commemorated on the war memorial. They have created a physical file for each soldier and a biography for each that has been placed on the online Chatteris Community Archive. At the beginning of July the children will stage a play at the King Edward Centre based on the experiences of the Chatteris men who died.

Cycling Past, Present & Future The Community Archive in Chatteris has got together with Cycleroutes 4 Chatteris and Adult Community Learning to run a stall with a cycling theme. A free exhibition of Cycle photographs from the Chatteris Archive will be on display along with a cycle expert who will have some fun cycle related activities for all to enjoy. On hand will be a representative from the Adult Community Learning Team who will be available to answer questions and listen to your views on future provision of community learning for Chatteris. Cycleroutes4 Chatteris hope you will visit the stall with ideas about potential routes around Chatteris and how to improve and promote cycling in the town.

For allowing the planned ‘fly-past’ , the Midsummer Festival organisers would like to record our very special thanks to: The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAFBBMF) which is administratively part of No.1 Group RAF, based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. RAF BBMF commemorate the past of the RAF’s Air Combat Power - Lest We Forget For more information go to their website:




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Sponsorship & Advertising The Festival Organising Committee is very grateful to all the local businesses who purchased advertising space and helped to make this year’s Festival programme possible. The Committee would also like to thank the following for their generous sponsorship:

ERMS (UK) Ltd for sponsoring the First Aid cover and for the fruit box draw prize Alan Bartlett & Sons Limited for sponsoring the Parade and Fancy Dress competitions and the draw prizes Harrison Murray for sponsoring the new banners and the competition winners’ rosettes Ellis Winters for organising a stall to raise funds for the Festival Lydia Payne, of the Sportsman, for sponsoring the Party in the Park, fund raising and hosting auditions and rehearsals for the Party in the Park Cllr Florence Newell for sponsoring the Great Chatteris Cake Baking and Decorating competitions The committee also wishes to thank: Tesco’s at Ely, March and Huntingdon for donating gift vouchers Sainsburys at Huntingdon and Ely for donating gift vouchers Mackies Mutts for a raffle prize Maxey Grounds & Co for tombola prizes Mike Chapman for all his work at previous festivals Staff from local banks for helping over the weekend Christian Smith for organising the Party in the Park All the volunteers who so generously give up their free time over the weekend …And anyone else who has offered sponsorship, given a donation or supplied a raffle prize since this programme was compiled.

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Chatteris Midsummer Festival 2014  

The programme for Chatteris Midsummer Festival, 28th - 29th June 2014

Chatteris Midsummer Festival 2014  

The programme for Chatteris Midsummer Festival, 28th - 29th June 2014