Last Saturday’s Variety Concert was a huge success; some people have suggested it was the best yet. We raised more than £200 on the night through the raffle and the Pound a Pop; and together with the ticket sales, this means we have a significant amount towards the Christmas Lights. The organising committee can breathe again!
Chudfest summer festival 2016 has ended and this year, our sixth, was the most successful yet. We put on a full programme of events for adults together with several free events for the children and young people of the town. We were delighted, in particular, to host the 24 hour Bioblitz. It was also great that a number of organisations were able to once more use the festival as a framework for charitable fundraising activities.
As Chair of the Chudfest Committee, I would like to thank the Chudleigh residents and their friends who supported the events. Thanks also go to the organisations and businesses that provided sponsorship. [Details of all sponsors and participating groups can be found below.] But, most of all, I would like to thank the small army of volunteers who gave of their time so generously, and without whom the festival just wouldn’t take place.
Feedback has been very positive, and we welcome any further comments, either via the website, our Facebook page or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Alternatively, you can leave written comments for us at the Town Hall. We are particularly keen to hear from people who have ideas for events or activities they might wish to develop as part of future festivals.
Well, it’s all over for this year. The marquee has gone and the organisers have been catching up on their sleep. We will post a final round of thank yous and other wrap-up notices before the end of the week, but firstly, we have an announcement of prize-winners and have some exciting news of a special auction.
The winner of the Lucky Number programme was number 20. If you would like to make yourself known to us on 01626 854611 or via email@example.com, there is a crisp £10 note waiting for you.
And the magnificent wooden truck was won by Debbie Andrews.
We have a few vouchers left over from the Tombola. As they are date-limited, we are putting them up for auction now, rather than holding them over to the Variety Concert raffle. We have vouchers for:
Becky Falls. 2 people, worth £16.50
Canonteign Falls. 4 people, plus 4 cream teas, worth over £30
Dinosaur World. 2 visitors, worth £13.90
Pecorama. 2 Adults and 2 children, worth£40.70
Quince Honey Farm. 2 x 2 tickets, worth £29.80
Shaldon Zoo. 2 adults + 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children, worth up to £24.90
So, make us an offer and you may be lucky enough to grab yourself a bargain. You’ve got nothing to lose by making a bid – and with the holidays coming up, this could be just the thing you need for a day out.
As we build our publicity campaign for Chudfest 2016 (or #chudfest16, as we like to call it), we are aware we have to use a variety of different channels to reach different sections of the community. We produce a hard copy brochure that goes to every house. We send out press releases to newspapers. We put posters all over the place. And we increasingly explore the online world. Continue reading →
We now have more details of the activities that will take place during the 24 hour Bioblitz on Friday and Saturday this week and how YOU can get involved. Whether it’s by bringing pictures or specimens on unknown species for identification; providing data on the flora and fauna in your garden; or taking part in one of the guided walks, there’s loads going on to interest children and adults alike.
See all the details by clicking here. See you in the marquee on Friday and Saturday.
The weather forecast for the weekend is very promising – a great weekend to visit ten gardens in Chudleigh. They are all looking wonderful, and their keepers are looking forward to meeting you! For the best value lunch in Devon, make sure you visit Woodlands (see menu here), while cream teas are available at several gardens, including The Appleloft (Saturday), Woodlands (both days), Watercress Farm (Sunday) and Oakfield Coach House (Sunday).
Tickets at just £5 are valid for both days and take you into all ten gardens. And if you want to get the kids interested in gardening, remember that under-16s go in for free.
Note these recent programme updates:
The Rock Garden is open, but is not going to be manned and will NOT be selling tickets. Tickets can be obtained at the Chudfest Box Office on Saturday morning, or on the gate at all the gardens apart from the Rock Garden.
Oakfield Coach House will be open on both Saturday and Sunday, although the cream tea will only be served on Sunday afternoon.