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The 2022 Gala Day was held on
Saturday 4 June

which coincided with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

 

 

2022 Gala Day

June 4th saw the return of our village gala after a two year absence due to covid restrictions.  The sun shone and hundreds of people came out to celebrate.  The stars of the show were two donkeys, Geoffrey and Danny, who came to spend the afternoon with us from Duster’s Ark animal sanctuary in Hartford.  They didn’t realize they were lucky to be alive, they just enjoyed the grass on the playing field and placidly observed their many visitors.  Chugging along the railway line we had a miniature steam train this year, somehow always more exciting than their diesel cousins.

Geoffrey and Danny:

  

In the arena the wow factor came from 2 spectacular displays by Barnton Circus.  This was their first time at the gala and they performed a spirited musical comedy number and an  aerial display for which they are famous and which had the crowd gasping.

There was, of course, the crowning of our very own Community Queen, Freya Whittaker, by a former queen, Val Miller.  All this was rounded off by items showing local talent from Sandiway Pantomime Group and JIMS, a music group from St John’s church.  Our village gala is well and truly back.

 

Our Community Queen and her retinue 

Freya attends Sandiway Primary School and enjoys everything sporty.  She plays football for Cuddington & Sandiwayand also does gymnastics and roller skating as well as walking her pug.  No surprise then that she will be fundraising for the Youth Sport Trust.

2022 Scarecrows

The 2022 Scarecrow competition took place during the Spring Bank Holiday and the village was once again populated with many scarecrows  The theme this year was 'Influential Women'.

  

 

PRESS HERE to see a selection of some of the fantastic Scarecrows displayed this year.

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2021 Gala Day was cancelled due to the pandemic, BUT the Scarecrows Competition was ON:

2021 Scarecrows

The 2021 Scarecrow competition took place during May Bank Holiday and the theme this year has been 'My Favourite Things'.  

The Winners:
The Clarke Family

Runner-up:
The Whittaker Family

Captain Tom
The Enderman

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2019 Gala Day: PRESS HERE to see our report

2018 Gala Day: PRESS HERE to see pictures and report

Special Guests & Awards

Gala Year

Theme

Opening Guest

Gala Queen

Gala Princess

Citizenship Award

Junior

Citizenship

Best Stall Award

2010

Africa / World Cup 2010

-

-

-

-

 

???

2011

???

Rev. John Hughes

Shannon Steele

Natasha Jones

Michael Harwood

 

St. John’s Church

2012

The Olympics

Shirley Strong & Andrew Carter

Natasha Jones

Nadia Jones

Dr. Peter Chivers

 

St. John’s Church

2013

Showtimes

Cllr. Charles Fifield

Charlotte McDonald

Keira Coppeck

Linda Smith

 

Cuddington Primary School PTA

2014

Children’s Stories

Lee Jones
Gala  Chair

Emma Lea Bennett

Bethany Hulm

Thelma Mannington

 

Sandiway Primary School PTA

2015

Animals

Lee Jones
Gala  Chair

Hannah McDonald

Hannah Rich

Val Godfrey

 

Sandiway Pantomime Group

2016

Olympic Carnival

Lee Jones
Gala  Chair

Nadia Jones

Isobel Ridley

Elaine Beech

 

The Neuro Muscular Centre

2017

Superheroes & Princesses

Lee Jones
Gala  Chair

Layla Parks-Smith

Penelope Eaton

Ruth Taylor

Beau Rachel Griffin

Cuddington & Sandiway Primary Schools

2018

Cinema

 -

Evie Whittaker

Millie Hubert-Powell

Ken Nixon

Amy Vaughan

Sandiway Pantomime Group

2019

Storybook Animals

Councillor
Gillian
Edwards

Scarlett Joice

Beatrice Macleod

Gerry & Margaret Card

Tilly Rees

Cuddington & Sandiway Tennis Club

 

2021

 

         

Oscar Jones
(see Sept Round Tower)

 

2022

Platinum Jubilee   Freya Whittaker Amy Spruce  John and Eileen Kerrigan  Mason Karpinski  Royal British Legion

In 2017, the "Dr Peter Chivers Award for Junior Citizen of the Year" was introduced.

Scarecrow Competition Winners

Gala Year

Theme

Household 1st

Household 2nd

Organisation 1st

Organisation 2nd

Voluntary 1st

Voluntary 2nd

2010

Africa / World Cup 2010

-

-

-

-

-

-

2011

???

-

-

-

-

-

-

2012

The Olympics

The Hough family

Javelin thrower

The Morris family

Judo combatants

Hollybank Vet Surg

Relay runners

Network Nurseries

Archer

-

-

2013

Showtimes

The Purkiss family

Peter Pan

The Liddle family

Captain Jack Sparrow

Sandiway Methodist Church

Fiddler on the roof

St. John’s Church

Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat

-

-

2014

Children’s Stories

The Liddle family

Winnie the Witch

Brotherton family

The Gruffalo

Sandiway Lodge

Long John Silver

Four Paws

Spot the Dog

-

-

2015

Animals

The Cole family
A shark

Brotherton family
Two penguins

Sandiway Library
An owl

Four Paws
Mr. Mole

-

-

2016

Olympic Carnival

Kershaw family
Sync. Swimmers

Griffin family
Gymnast on bars

Hollybank Vet Surg
Rio All-Star

Pettypool Trust
Rio Carnival Queen

The MCSME
Horseman

The Youth Club
Carnival Queen

2017

Superheroes & Princesses

Brotherton family
The Hulk

Powell family
Doctors and Nurses

Four Paws
The Hulk

Cuddington Boarding Cattery
Princess Aurora

The MCSME
George and the Dragon

St John's Church
Miracle of feeding the 5,000

2018

Cinema

Smith Family
Singing in the Rain

Brotherton Family
Finding Nemo

Hollybank Vet Surg
Lady and Tramp

Petty Pool Trust
Pinocchio

Methodist Church
Cameraman

The MCSME
Who Killed Roger Rabbit

2019

Storybook Animals

Shirley & Jacqui
Dumbo

Smith Family
Aslan

Hollybank Vet Surg
The Lorax

The MCSME
Rupert Bear

Sandiway Lodge
Winnie the Pooh

St John's Church
Very Hungry Caterpillar

2021


My Favourite Things

Clarke Family
Captain Tom

Whittaker Family
The Enderman

       

2022

Influential Women

 79 Ash Road
The Queen and her corgis
 24 Foxhill Cl.
Emmeline Pankhurst
 Village Youth Club
Florence Nightingale
The MCSME
Florence Nightingale at Blakemere
   

(We would be grateful to receive any information which might 'fill in the blanks' in these tables!)