Right Royal Party – 2016

Right Royal PartyReport by Maureen Howell:

The Parish Right Royal Party held on Saturday June 11, 2016 was a wonderful community celebration. The event was opened by Sir Algernon-Heber Percy who talked of the years of hard work the queen has devoted to carrying out her duties as a monarch. He followed this by stating how proud he is that Hodnet Parish decided to celebrate the Royal birthday in such a way.

(Click the image to the right to download a PDF of the programme for the day which included a section listing local clubs, social groups and other activities.)

The weather proved kind with the rain holding off till the tail end of the event. David Bretell did an excellent job as Master of Ceremonies, and various groups and societies from all over the parish held stalls and showcased their activities. There was great enthusiasm about the fête People enjoyed catching up with old friends and neighbours. We also received comments about extending the day and requests to see similar celebrations in the future.

2016RRP13Many people enjoyed finding out about the wide range of activities available in the area. There was lots of fun for the children with face painting, craft activities, competitions and sports based activities. There was also a good display of classic vehicles and a fascinating historical display to view on the church stall. The musical entertainment began with a performance by a group of talented young people called Percussion Unlimited, and was followed by extremely gifted local singers and musicians.

2016RRP12The RAF provided a helicopter, and the pilot Jason Watts showed people around and invited children into the helicopter cockpit to sit at the controls. The Fire Station was open for the day and fire fighters encouraged the children to use the hoses and explore the fire fighting equipment. As a result, five members of the public expressed an interest in volunteering as fire fighters. The police service attended and PC Gareth Robbins and his colleague chatted with locals and showed children around their police vehicle.

2016RRP07The Hodnet Club ran a barbecue which was very popular during the event. This was followed by pork baps in the evening for the many people who stayed on to watch the televised football, and to enjoy the festive atmosphere. A range of refreshments were available from the scout stall, and the cricket club provided Pimms and cream teas. Sporting activities were run by the Maurice Chandler Centre, Wollerton Bowls & Social Club and Hodnet Club. Children’s craft activities and competitions were run by Carers Trust for All, Hodnet Brownies and Guides, Hodnet pre-school and school, and the Hodnet China Shop. Displays and other stalls were run by Hodnet Church, Peplow Chapel, the Patients Participation Group, the Rocking Horse shop, the Meadows, Hodnet Footpath Group, Fox Trax, the WI and the Greyhound Rescue Society.

Competition Poster -click to download PDFThe Photograph and Art Exhibition was incredibly popular and generated lots of conversation.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the photograph and art exhibition. It was great to see such a wide range of subjects that reflect our parish.

Photographs were submitted by Wendy Roberts, Glenys Comerford, Andrew Jones, Rob Davies, Karen and John Powell, Vicky Hamblin, David Kiss, Tony Wilson, Alice Turner, Julie McGurrin, Hodnet Junior School and the Mystery Man who submitted on the day, pictures of a glorious sky and a stunning photograph of a hedgehog. Special thanks go to Mair Mothershaw who kindly gave permission for us to reproduce some of the old images of Hodnet from the book by her late husband, Gerald.

The original artwork on display demonstrated some of the hidden talent we have in our community Thanks go to Rob Davies, Vicki Hamblin and Derek Wood for allowing us a glimpse of their work

The Shropshire Star published an article about the day and their photographs can be viewed here.

A local photographer Tony Wilson, attended the event and took photos throughout the day. Some have been included above on this page whilst his complete album can be viewed on Facebook under Cobra Photography. Here is a further selection:

Donations for the event were gratefully received and the generosity of the public on the day led to some impressive contributions towards the various societies and groups. Hodnet Guides made £87 on their soft toy sale, Carers Trust 4all made £50 on face painting and other children’s craft activities. The school stall made a profit of £135 and the WI raised £150. The scouts made over £200, the cricket club made £190 and the Hodnet Club barbecue took over £300.

Participation in the various competitions was excellent and the prize winners were as follows:

  • First prize of £100 from the raffle went to Jane Evans;
  • The first prizes for the best birthday card and portrait produced by children in key stage 1 and 2 went to Freya George and Georgie Ingram;
  • The Guides stuffed camel went to Mike George;
  • The winner of the Fox Trax competition was 8 year old Zak Bradley;
  • In the cake competition, the first prize in the adult female section went to Julie Platzer and 1st prize in the child section went to Stephanie Platzer;
  • A small dog and large Labrador were both awarded prizes in the waggy dog show.

There were 37 entries in the flower and vegetable competition organised by the Hodnet Garden Club:

2016 Hodnet & District Garden Club Show Results

ClassDescription1st prize2nd prize3rd prize
Class 11 lettuceRichard HoltomTrish Dawson
Class 2Dish of 5 potatoesDavid RollinsonRichard Holtom
Class 33 sticks of rhubarbJenny MorganMargaret LawDavid Smither
Class 45 asparagus spearsDavid Rollinson
Class 55 radishesDavid RollinsonTrish DawsonMary Wellings
Class 65 broad beansMeriel BlowerRichard Holtom
Class 7Any 3 vegetablesRichard Holtom
Class 81 Flowering plant in potTrish DawsonSue Mayer
Class 91 Foliage plant in potRichard HoltomSue MayerMeriel Blower
Class 101 cactus or succulentTrish DawsonMargaret LawDavid Rollinson
Class 111 flower/spray of flowers in bottleMegan WellingsValerie SmitherHeidi Wellings
Class 12Floral arrangement from home grown flowersSue Mayer
Class 13Junior garden on plate or trayLily OnionsPoppy Jones
Class 14Junior photographNo entries
Class 15Junior arrangementNo entries
  • Best exhibit in show: David Rollinson – dish of 5 potatoes.
  • Most entered class: rhubarb (7) & foliage plant (7).

There were some funds left over at the end of the day from the raffle and other financial gifts, and this enabled the organising committee to gift £18 to each of the participating charities, clubs and societies.