Variety Concert Sells Out

We had a packed hall for last Saturday’s Variety Concert – and once again, the evening was a great success. We sold out a full ten days in advance (which is remarkable in a town renowned for leaving things until the last moment.

Singer Grace Ellington had us all singing along; Tank Sherman delivered his usual risqué patter and made us cry with laughter; Gina and Lisa raised the temperatures with their rendition of All That Jazz; Peter Whittle defied his wife and told us about his blow-up friend; Girls Allowed Out delivered a stunning performance of Thriller and a special mention must go to Debbie Payne of Face the Paint for her stunning make-up.

Girls Allowed Out as we've never seen them before. [Picture courtesy of Debbie White]

Girls Allowed Out as we’ve never seen them before. [Picture courtesy of Debbie White]

But by general consensus, the star of the show was 16 year old singer Millie Rees. Anyone who was at Chudleigh’s Got Talent in July will remember Millie, who was runner-up to Kate Nicholas. On Saturday, Tank said that Millie has a great future ahead of her – and everyone who heard her agreed.

Many thanks to all the performers and to the organisers behind the scenes for yet another great fund-raiser. We raised more than £1000 towards the Christmas Lights fund.

Next year’s concert will be on Saturday 4th October. Look out for more details in the New Year, but put the date in your diaries, now. It’s going to be another sell-out.

Is Chudfest the same as Carnival?

Someone told me the other day they were confused about the difference between Chudfest and Carnival. Are they the same? And if not, what’s the difference? Well, no, they’re not the same at all.

Chudleigh Carnival has been around for a long time. In fact, last year, they crowned their sixtieth Carnival Queen in the same year as Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. Carnival has a charitable purpose and all surplus monies go towards charities or local organisations who apply for grants.

Chudfest, on the other hand, is very much the new kid on the block. It was set up in 2011 to fill a gap in the Chudleigh calendar in a year when Carnival was unable to put on a procession. That year, we put on ten days of events. Since then, Chudfest has grown in its range of activities.  By the end of this year, in addition to the ten-day festival, we will have organised a garden and produce show; a variety concert; the Chudleigh Christmas Fayre; and a Christmas tea party. The sole purpose of Chudfest is the organisation of social events for the people of Chudleigh and their friends. Any surplus money we raise is ploughed back into our events to allow us, for example, to put on free activities for the children. This year, we’ve provided hawking and dance workshops for the school kids and a Teddy Bears’ picnic for the under-fives.

So Chudfest and Carnival are different entities, run by different groups of people, although we do work together, for example, on publicity for our summer events. We are two different facets of Chudleigh’s rich patchwork of activities.