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Meetings and Events

4 October Committee Meeting at The Family Tree 7.30pm

If you are interested in joining the committee or would like to help out with the events then please come along.

2 September Home Crafts and Produce Show

4 November Bonfire Night

11 or 18 December Village Carol Concert



the home crafts and garden produce show takes place on Saturday 2nd September



Whatstandwell Festival


Whatstandwell Festival was for the first time held over two days, from the afternoon of Friday 23rd June through until late on the Saturday. Several new ideas for activities had been proposed which it was hoped would appeal to a wider range of visitors and the organisers duly threw themselves into planning and preparing for the event.

Frosty's chainsaw sculpture raised £210 for Bone Cancer researchThe main entertainments area was expanded out from the Barn to include a large informal seating area (straw bales) with several tents available to shelter from any bad weather. Fortunately, both days were glorious and in the evening a set of fairy lights gave a lovely atmosphere to the area. A great chill zone!

The Friday afternoon and evening programme, designed to be very family friendly, included for the first time an acrobatic style Circus, with M.C. Mickey Bimble introducing the acts in between some nifty hat juggling. Amongst the entertainers were a Cyr wheel artist, and an aerial display. This was all very much appreciated by the audience, particularly the youngsters present.

The Saturday programme started earlier with a Fun Run, followed by more of the normal pattern of previous festivals with live music through the afternoon and late into the evening. Woven into these entertainments were others both new and old such as a Silent Disco - popular with all ages, a chance to have a go on a potter’s wheel, Willow weaving and Frosty’s Chainsaw Sculpture and subsequent auction, It is worth mentioning that the chainsaw sculpture auction raised £210 for Bone Cancer Research Trust – in memory of Andrew Lyman.

Musically, the acts were a good mixture of several styles. One of the tents was set up with an Acoustic stage as well as the Main Stage in the Barn. The many talented acts were chosen to appeal to a wider range of musical tastes and certainly seemed to go down well with their audience.

Refreshments were available throughout the event. Some really great beers from Dancing Duck, Derby Brewing Co. and Blue Monkey as well as wines, lager, cider, soft drinks and a very novel Prosecco bar in a converted horse box in the outside area!

Food too could be had throughout, with a “Hog Roast” van providing Pork sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs as well as breakfast fare on both mornings, supplemented on the Saturday night by a sausage and burger barbecue run by the ever popular Family Tree.

So all in all a thoroughly enjoyable Festival with lots of positive feedback from those attending. The organisers, all from within Whatstandwell village, think that the two day event is well worth trying again next year. We hope all those who turned up will come again then, and we hope the word will get around to encourage some new faces to give this great little family fun event a try. Finally, many thanks go out to all that helped to make it happen, either by their attendance, performance or running of the show. Especially to the organisers and helpers whose dedicated efforts make it all possible. Hats off to them all!