Willingham Feast Dog Show

The Willingham Feast Dog Show takes place at the Duke of Wellington garden, Sunday September 30th, starting at 10.30am

Entrants and sponsors sought!

Here are the plans for the inaugural Willingham Feast Dog Show, kindly hosted by Barry and Fran at the Duke:

The event will include a couple of agility/obstacle courses for fun plus a selection of shows from the following options:

  • Best Veteran – Any breed (7 years and over)
  • Best Rescue Dog – Any dog that has come from an animal shelter.
  • Most Appealing Eyes
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Best Trick
  • Best Brace – 2 dogs alike
  • Best Irish Brace – 2 dogs of different types
  • Best 6 legs – Dog and Owner
  • Best Junior Handler (agility/obstacle run)
  • Dog The Judge Would Most Like To Take Home

Wood Green Animal Shelter will also be attending with their purpose-built events vehicle.

You can enter your dog now for these different categories on our website. We will then see which categories are most popular and make the final selection accordingly.
A £5 fee per owner to participate in the show will be payable on the day. The agility/obstacle courses will cost an additional £1 per run. The Dog Show designated charity this year is, of course, Wood Green.

Updates will appear on willinghamlife.org and the Feast Programme has all the details.

Finally, we would love to hear from:

  • A dog agility club willing to put on a demonstration
  • People who would like to do some judging
  • Canine-appropriate stallholders wishing to set up on the day
  • Prize donors (dog food, treats, toys etc.)
  • Sponsors wishing/willing to be included on signage and in the Feast programme.

For further information, pop into the Duke of Wellington or contact:

Paul Knighton, p.knighton@runbox.com, 07787 530394

Sara Croft, sacroft52@aol.co.uk, 07850 346164

Frances and James Watts, tickers1969@gmail.com, 07780 610382 / 07879 817826

Mike Tidball, m.tidball@btinternet.com, 07814 641513

Willingham Feast 2016

The Willingham Feast 2016 programme is now available to view here. As tradition has it, Willingham Feast is headlined by the Feast Market with Car Boot sale (booked your spot yet??) at Willingham Primary School, Saturday 8th October 10am to 1pm. Attractions include things for the kids to do, burgers, food, drink and craft stalls, plus a Family Photo Shoot with a professional photographer offering reduced sitting fees.

Willingham Feast 2016 Programme

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If it’s music and dancing you want, see the exceptional Keith Pierson Trio at the Social Club, top-billing a special Jam Night that starts 7.30pm, Monday 26th September (£2). Then, at the same venue on Saturday 1st October, 8.30pm, you can enjoy a chunk of live tribute rock with Let There B/DC (£8). There’s a Family Disco with DJ Jamie Smith at the Ploughman Hall 6 to 10pm, Saturday 8th October (£10 per family for early birds and £12 for the slow-coaches). Sunday 9th October gives us another chance to enjoy the unique Steve Lockwood Band at the Bank micropub – with shows at noon and 6pm (£15). And to round off the ‘season’, the Social Club is hosting a Soul & Motown Disco on Saturday 15th October, 8.30pm (£5).

Looking for a laugh? Then go for the Custard Comedy kind, Social Club, Friday 7th October (£10). Those who’ve seen it rave about it!

Likely to be very popular: The Old Willingham slide show courtesy of curator Jon Edney with commentaries from Anne Kirkmann, Andrew Cook and Pete Cornish at the Baptist Church (Tabernacle) at 7.30pm on Thursday 6th October. Just £5 on the door. Bring and share your own refreshments.

As an alternative for Saturday 8th there is a Wine Quiz, call-my-bluff style, again at the Social Club with a panel of three experts (one possibly a household name) telling fibs about what you are drinking. It’s ‘All against All’, starts at 7.30pm and costs £20 including the wine and the fabulous Cat’s Whiskers to dance to in the final hour. With drinks also available at the bar, it’ll be a great night out!

Planning a walk around Willingham at Feast weekend? Then why not take part in the Family Book Hunt? Get entry forms from the Library or contact us at the email address below. Combine it with the Family Treasure Hunt featuring prizes including a meal voucher for the Duke of Wellington. And take part in the Girl Guide’s Bush Craft Session at the QEII play park starting 3pm – both on Saturday. There’s the Octagon Art Group’s Art Exhibition at the school Saturday morning (8th) to coincide with the Feast Market and then at the library Sunday afternoon (9th)
1 to 4pm to coincide with the Salvation Army Concert on the adjacent Green. The concert is followed by a Witness March to the Church where tea is served, and then a Joint Service at 6pm in St. Mary’s, again led by the Salvation Army band. Finally, on your hike, don’t forget to take in the Photography Display, Public Hall 12 to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday.

If walking is not your thing, how about a Social Bike Ride for some lunchtime refreshments at St. Ives? Sunday 9th October, meet at Willingham Green 11am.

Providing a focus for all the above, Thurstons Funfair will open on Willingham Green on Thursday 6th, continuing through to Saturday 8th October.

Hope there’s something there for you – visitors from out of town welcome!

All enquiries: willinghamactiongroup@hotmail.com / 07787 530394

It WAS a Knockout!

What a wonderful, sunny day for the Willingham Family Fun Day – It’s A Knockout – on Sunday 17th July. The Fen Edge Community Association was pleased to be able to sponsor two teams: Waterbeach and Landbeach Action for Youth (WAY) and the Cottenham Village College Duke of Edinburgh Award Team (Flip Flops). Continue reading

Get on your bikes in Willingham!

To celebrate the Tour de France in Cambridgeshire, Willingham Wheels has organised a family event for cyclists of all ages on Sunday 6th July.

Willingham Wheels, set up by the Willingham Action Group, was awarded a grant of £300 from the Cambridge County Council to arrange an event to mark the visit of this famous annual bike ride.

‘The Fen Edge Mass Exodus’ is a cycle ride along the guided busway from Longstanton, finishing eight miles later at Parker’s Piece in Cambridge with a do-it-yourself picnic. It is a marshalled, family oriented event and will proceed at a good slow, and safe, pace. However, you should take into account the distances involved (there and back) and the cycling proficiency of the youngest member of your group! Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 who is known to them. All cyclists are responsible for their return journeys.

Those taking part are asked to be at Longstanton guided busway car park at 11.30, for a noon start. There will be a safety briefing, which is required by the busway authorities who have given permission for the ride. Willingham Wheels issued four essential guidelines: make sure your bike’s nuts are tight, tyres are pumped up, carry a drink (non-alcoholic) and, above all, no speeding. It took several months for the group to get permission and accidents must be avoided. Some road travel is unavoidable.

The ride is registered with the national cycling charity CTC and is an official part of the Vélo Festival. Find the route and keep clicking on the map for more details and road names.

There is no entrance fee but you can sponsor the ride with all donations, including collections, to Marie Curie, the cancer care charity. For each £5 donation you will receive a maillot jaune or winner’s yellow t-shirt for just £2.50 on the day; for £10 donation you will receive four (while stocks last). Put your required sizes on the donation site. If the organisers run out of yellow, they will switch to green (stage winners) t-shirts.