Thank Yous All Round

Thank YouChudfest 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 ( 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.

Michael McCormick

Firstly, the summer festival relies on the goodwill of Chudleigh United Charities and we are very grateful to Stewart Sapp for his support and help again this year.

Thank you to all our sponsors:

Publicity: Chudleigh Carnival; Sawdye and Harris; and all the business that bought advertising in the brochure; Kingsteignton Vets for use of their window; and all the other businesses that displayed posters; Chudleigh Town Council staff for copying and distribution of posters; Make It Marketing for loan of their interns;

Infrastructure: Future Media for marquee lighting; Chudleigh Community Project for electricity; Chudleigh Scouts for water.

Licensing: PRS for Music granted us a 100% discount on the cost of licensing the playing of recorded music throughout the festival. [PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want. These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music – and mean that they’re able to support music at events like Chudfest. For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit or call 0800 068 4828.]

Beach Party: Warren Associates; Chudleigh Phoenix Publications.

Hits from the Blitz Raffle and Summer Fete Tombola Prizes: Bali Room, Becky Falls, Bishop Lacy, Bracken Gallery, Canonteign Falls, Chudleigh Cab, Chudleigh Post Office, Co-operative Food, Devon Metal Detectors, Dinosaur World, Furniture, Barn, Gillett Chudleigh SPAR, Gills, Harvey’s, Highwayman’s Haunt, Ingrid Parker Heil, Lloyds Chemist, Mason King, Passion Boutique, Pecorama, Pet’s Corner, Phoenix Restaurant, Quest for Zest, Quince Honey Marm, Shaldon Zoo, Sugar Mill, The Globe Inn, Tucker’s Maltings, UK Get Active, Valerie Anne

And to all the volunteers:

Nicky Over for pre-publicity, for brochure development, poster and ticket design and production; Lisa Smith for social media wizardry; Alison Neely and her team for Box Office operations; Robert Thomas and his team for 24/7 tent sitting; Jon Sherwood and his team for stage erection and dismantling; Jon Sherwood for organising the Beach Party; Liz Edwards and Carole Smart for food preparation and serving at the quiz; Steve Cox for musical quizzing; Chudleigh Community Choir, the Shanty Men, and Lynnette Evans for getting Chudleigh singing; Gina Sherwood, Lisa Smith, Gaynor Seager and Paul Hurrell for laying on Hits from the Blitz; Nicky and Chris Over for the 60s/70s Disco; Alan Brunton for marshalling activities at the Fete.

Mark and Vicky Macnair and their team did a superb job as always running the Chudfest bar all week; and catering at the Beach Party, the Disco and the Summer Fete.

And to these Supporting Organisations:

We couldn’t have managed without the ongoing support of: Chudleigh Church; Chudleigh Community Project; Chudleigh Community Primary School; Chudleigh Scouts; Chudleigh Town Council; Chudleigh Writers’ Circle; Friends of Chudleigh Library; John Carlton and his team at Chudleigh Town Hall; and Sally and Simon at Harvey’s.

[To anyone we’ve forgotten: we’re very sorry! Give us a shout and we’ll add you to the list.]

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