Bodham has fun at Big Weekend

Welly throwing, kite flying and a family quiz were just some of the attractions at Bodham's annual Big Weekend, which kicked off on Friday with a lads versus dads football match and ended on Sunday with a family fun day.

The event, which is now in its fourth year, last year raised more than �3,000 for local good causes, including the church, village hall, playing field and Holt First Responders.

The Lads v Dads football match ended in a 6 - 3 win for the Lads. Goal scorers for the lads were Corey Sadler, Regan Sadler, Jack Sadler, Jamie Pottle, Nathan Webb and Ben Burch. Dads on target were Simon Robinson, Darren Burch and Aran Smith. Man of the man ball went to Corey Sadler.

The main fun day on Sunday included a car boot sale, children's games, a display of tractors brought along by local farmers and a human fruit machine made by retired engineer Alan Bolton and manned by Julia Peters, Neil Cooper and Susan Peters.

A tractor-pulling contest was won for the third year running by the Burchy Boys (brothers Darren, Mark, Adam and


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Jason), with other entertainment including Trix n Stix drumming troupe and Thorpe Kite Flyers.

Despite the unusually dry spring, gardeners from Bodham and the surrounding district produced a colourful and tasty display for the annual Horticultural Show in the Village Hall.

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The tables were also well laden with a range of freshly baked goodies and hand crafted items. Paying tribute to the competitors, Harry Bruford commented on the splendid contributions. Numbers of entries were roughly the same as last year in spite of the difficult growing conditions. The Billy Cooper Cup for the best entry in the show was awarded to Mrs C Docking for her gladioli.

Big Weekend committee chairman Peter Bedell said cold weather saw a reduced turnout for a music night on Saturday, however Friday's quiz attracted 18 teams and made �279, while the horticultural show attracted 264 entries and made �400.

Mr Bedell said that although organisers had been forced to cancel a couple of events because of windy weather, the weekend had exceeded all expectations.

"People turned out in force and we couldn't have hoped for better," he added.

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