Chairman’s welcome to Chudfest 2018

This is the eighth year we’ve run this ten-day festival of fun. As always, we have tried to build on our experience and your feedback from previous events and we hope this year’s programme will be our most popular yet, with events all through the week to appeal to everyone. We are not having any “big ticket” items this year – all events are priced at £10 or less.

We have always worked very closely with Chudleigh Carnival, as shown by the joint brochure, and as last year the two weeks are being jointly marketed as Chudleigh’s Summer Spectacular.

Regular favourite events for this year include: a Family Disco on Friday 6th; the 80s/90s Throwback party on Saturday July 7th;  the Church Open Day (featuring an Exhibition); the Community Church Service; Board Games NightQuiz NightLiterary Festival; Live at the Chudleigh Apollo60s/70s Disco and the Grand Summer Fete, which closes the whole thing down on 15th July – just in time for the start of Carnival Week.

A new addition to the programme this year is a Barn Dance (Monday 9th), featuring the ever popular group, Spinach for Norman. On Friday 13th we are putting on a traditional tea dance. And for the nimble- fingered, there will be craft sessions for adults on Monday 9th and Friday 13th, and for Children on Saturday, July 14th.

Some events provide food as part of the ticket, but at those which do not the bar will be selling Hotdogs (Chuddogs!!) to help keep body and soul together. The bar will also be selling Chudbest, locally brewed beer from Black Tor brewery!

Once again we’ve arranged a number of free activities for the younger members of the community, including  Animal Encounters for the year 5 children at Chudleigh Primary School, the ever-popular (and very noisy) Under 5s Tea Party. The Chudleigh Phoenix junior reporters will be out and about once again throughout the ten days, so make sure you are smiling when they take your picture for the paper.

And don’t forget that although the Marquee doesn’t go up until 5th July, the Open Gardens event will be running over the weekend of 23rd and 24th June: a chance to admire some of the special local gardens and learn from their owners – or just sit under a tree and take in the sights while sipping a glass of something cool.

As always, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all our advertisers and other sponsors, without whom Chudfest would not take place.

Chudfest runs events throughout the year and we are always looking for suggestions and support. If you can help, please get in touch.

Mark Macnair

Chair, Chudfest Committee

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