The Upperthong Village Hall is a special place where many of us come together to celebrate birthday parties, christenings, comedy nights, pantos, discos, bands and a plethora of local groups (Brownies, Yoga, Art….)
The Village Hall needs a fresh intake of committee members or we face the likely reality of not having a thriving village hall at the heart of our community.
Just like our homes, the Village Hall costs money to stay open. Heating, insurance, maintenance and other bills need to be paid. The Village Hall committee organise events to raise money to keep the hall open.
We also organise the Upperthong Big Thong Ender mainly to bring the community together to celebrate the wonderful place in which we live. Surprisingly, it doesn’t make a great deal of money !!!.
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the traditional Sunday activities (aka the Gala) for 2016 as we do not have enough helpers to organise the event, man the many stalls and do the other 101 jobs that are required.
We had a successful recruitment drive 3 years ago. But for a variety of personal and family reasons (and with heavy hearts) a few committee members have had to move on.
Our regular monthly meetings are informal and lighthearted. We are certainly not dullards, we like a laugh and have one.
Interested?? Come to the AGM and sign up…..
A G M
Wednesday 21st October. 8PM.
The more people who volunteer and help the less we all have to do. Please support your community and give a little back by joining the Village Hall committee.
Upperthong Village Hall
Needs helpers, large or small.
Without help nowt will occur,
The hall too could be gone in a year.
Sorry there’s no gala next year,
Too few hands to organise the beer.
If more Upperthong folk could provide a hand,
You may again hear the gala band.
Upperthong Village could lose its hall,
Painful like Jagger splitting with Jerry Hall.
Life without a hall at the heart,
Means no home for the brownies for a start.
No place to party, see a pantomime,
No Christmas Carols, no bell will chime.
No place for UNDO to vent their dismay,
No place for toddlers to come, meet and play.
If only locals could give some time,
Our village hall would be fine.
Just some more hands to keep it for years.
Our meetings are fun as we drink a few beers.
Come and join us at our AGM,
Or the hall could close and never open again.
What a cracker of a World Championships we had this year!! The weather didn’t let us down again either with very high winds threatening to destory all gazebos and gala tents. The wind made early throwing technically challenging as you had to throw the welly into the wind in the hope/expectation that it would be blown into the legal landing area!!
It’s usually the mens category that heats up to a highly competitive dual between the strongest two blokes. But, every category was fiercely fought right down to the last welly throw.
The U14 girls furthest throw slowly marched backwards for the first few hours. Until Elise Sayers threw a huge throw that looked like a sure winner. Not content, she had a further few go’s and managed to inch out even more distance. Then the current U14 Girls World Champion had a go and took the lead by a small margin. That started a tit for tat ‘throw off’ that ultimately saw Bethany Casson retain the title by a short boot length throwing the welly 27.50m. Sparks were flying by the end !!
Beth in action.
The U15 boys competition got off to a relatively slow start until the current U14 World Champ, Joe Mitchell casually threw a monster throw that looked completely unbeatable. It stayed the longest throw until the last hour when cheered on by his family, Charles Morley knocked out a wang that even surpassed the furthest ladies throw. Joe tried his hardest to take the lead but just couldn’t quite match the arm of Charles who managed a distance of 30.70m.
Unusually, the opening throw for the ladies competition was impressive – proving again that technique counts for more than the blunt force 5’3” and 7.5 stones of muscle can generate. The throw stood well into the late afternoon as all comers fell short of the mark. It was only when the 2012 and 2013 Ladies World Champions had a go that the distance was bettered. They traded shots until Annie Mitchell put down a belter to reach 28.20m to take the 2015 title.
It was certainly a demonstration of male testosterone as bloke after bloke stepped up to challenge the furthest throw of the day. Time after time, the mens marker moved backwards bit by bit, inch by inch. We saw a number of widely different techniques including a brand new ‘baseball’ swing that worked brilliantly if the welly caught the wind at the right time and angle. We also had a spectacular ‘helicopter’ throw that was surprisingly accurate and powerful. But it was the straight talking, no messing over arm throw from Adam Taylor that absolutely smashed the competition. He is seemingly unstoppable at Welly Wanging with no-one really coming close to beating his final and furthest throw of the day of a massive 43.50m. That’s 3 times on the trot for Adam now !!
Adam Taylor smashing out the big one. Look at those eyes !!!
For dominating over the years, Tim Nield was awarded a Lifetime Acheivement award for his Welly Wanging work.
Massive thanks to our title sponsor for 2015, Wynsors World of Shoes, who helped to make this year the biggest and best competition so far. The trophies, especially, were an awesome touch. We even had representatives of Wynsors here on the day wanging wellies with the best of them !!
|2015 Welly Wanging World Championships|
Join us on the Upperthong Cricket Club pitch for a traditional day of festivities.
This year we have Gala Queen, 3 inflatables, Rockin Ronnie Children’s Entertainer, Magic van, USSG stalls and games, tombola, lots of food, lots of beer, face painting, toys, ice cream, kids races, lots of new stalls to browse and not one but two huge events.…
It is starting to become something of a local tradition.
A flyover by one of the few operational Spitfires in the UK. Last year we got a Buy One Get One Free, as a surprise Hurricane screamed over too !!
The Official Welly Wanging World Championships
The Official Welly Wanging World Championship is growing. For 2015 it is sponsored by Wynsors World of Shoes. Try your arm to become an official World Champion. Prizes and trophies for every category. There are rumors that the Guinness Book of Records will be there !
Come along, eat lots, drink with friends, be merry and spread good old Upperthong village community spirit. Entry is £1 (under 5s free). Check out our website for all the details.
We’ve something new again for 2015. An evening of singing in the Upperthong Village Hall with songs from across the ages.
We’ve lined up 6 of the best local singers who will put on a fantastic show for those needing to recover from the Friday night knees up.
£5 Tickets. Over 18s Only.
Doors Open 7.30 pm.
In the Upperthong Village Hall
Tickets: 07702 305740