Christmas Fayre 2019

On Thursday 5th December we held our annual Christmas Fayre and Late Night Shopping event. The lights came on, the people came out and Father Christmas found time in his busy schedule to pay us a visit, and to top it all off we had a dry, mild evening.

To put on such an event involves a lot of planning and the input of a huge cast of players.

Thanks are due to Chudleigh Parish Council and the Town Hall staff for supporting the whole event. The Town Hall staff are absolute stars, they go above and beyond to help and advise.

Thank you to Paul Wimsett for allowing us to use the Church for the children’s concert which kicked off the evening in great style. The Chudleigh Church community who turned out to help the friends and family find a seat in the packed out pews, and to Nick Tuckett and the bell ringing team for the peal of bells that greeted us as we exited the Church.

Chudleigh Primary School has been involved in lots of aspects of the Fayre. In the weeks running up to the event, we had an art competition on the theme of “The night before Christmas”. Jacob Smethhurst, Amy Cole and Bobbly Hackett were worthy winners in the three age categories. Many thanks to Karen Bushell and Bridget Holland for judging the entries.
The concert in the Church involved Year 6 and Key Stage 1 children who sang their hearts out and enchanted us all. Our thanks go to the children and to the staff who found time in their busy school lives to rehearse and deliver a lovely programme of Christmas music.

The School has been working towards a fairtrade award and as part of this process baked some cookies using Fair-trade ingredients to sell at the Fayre.

The School Council also had the job of deciding which shop window was going to win the Children’s Choice Window Award. After much deliberation they chose Diamond Cut.

MP Warren staff also had to choose a shop window for the Business Guild Shop Window prize – the honours this year have gone to Sangers.
Well done to both of these businesses.

(May I also say here how lovely I think the town is looking, all the shops have put the boat out this year and I am glad I did not have to choose a winner.)

The road marshals who advise motorists on routes around the town whilst the road is closed fulfil a vital role in the success of the night. Without them we could not function. Thank you to all the team and to MaryAnne MacFarlane and Thierry Hacq for coordinating it.

Thanks also to Adrian Martin who does all the legal bits for the road closure, putting up signs and cones ensuring the safety aspects are covered.

The lights themselves are put up by Torbay Display, but powered by very generous businesses and individuals in Fore Street. Thanks to Jo and Eddie in the Post Office, Tracey and Ian at The Phoenix, the boys in the flat at the Launderette, the Mason’s at the DIY, and to Pet’s Corner.

The Christmas trees are given to the town by Ugbrooke Estates (War Memorial) and Haldon Forest (Church); the decorations at the memorial are added by Rosie and Phil Larkins. Thank you to all of these people.

Fortunately our first aiders were not called upon to administer to anyone but thank you to Adrian Martin and Malcolm Grose for being on hand during the evening.

The Chudleigh Carnival Committee are closely involved with the planning of the evening and we are very grateful to them for the loan of the Carnival Float, which was parked beside the Ship Inn and used as an entertainment platform. Gina Sherwood did her thing and put together a wonderful programme of local acts and a choir from Bovey Tracey. Thank you to everyone who performed and to Gina. The Ship Inn provided the power for the sound and we thank them too.

Father Christmas led the Parade from the Church to the Town Square as the lights came on along Fore Street. Thank you Father Christmas for coming to Chudleigh to see all the children, and we loved the Elves who came along to help him. The Carnival Queen looked beautiful as she joined the Parade too.
The lanterns that shone out in the Parade were the brainchild of Leah Stirrat and looked amazing.

Leah also designed the Angels for the Angel Trail competition, members of the U3A craft group made the individual Angels. Thank you to all of them. They are fabulous and if you missed them pop along to the Vet’s window.

The Angel Trail competition was won by Joseph and Thomas Moule.

Father Christmas’ Grotto was put together by a dedicated team of helpers, many of whom turn up every year assemble it all. Thanks are due to Dick Marks, Derek Smith, James Bushell, Gary Harris, David Lillington, Chris and Liz Webb as well as members of the Chudfest committee

The Pound A Pop raffle was drawn by Martin Tinkler, our Mayor and won by Rebekah Smith who was delighted to win £153. Our gratitude goes to The Globe, The Ship, The Bishop Lacey, The Constitutional Club, The Phoenix, Dandelion and Diamond Cut for selling the envelopes in the weeks running up to the Fayre.

The Craft Fayre was held in the Town Hall and the Youth Club. The task of booking in the stalls is done by Sharon Nickels who juggles all the requests and never fails to have an excellent range of stalls on offer. Many thanks Sharon.

Geoff Curtis looks after the food retailers on the Town Hall forecourt and doesn’t get home until very late after the Fayre is finished, a big thank you Geoff.

The Phoenix Hand bell Ringers delighted stallholders and shoppers with their performance in the Youth Club this year. Thank you ringers.

There were more musical performances in the Library from the Tena Ladies and the Shantymen. These two groups always put on engaging and entertaining shows, thank you to all of you and to Jill Hughes and her team at the Library.

This year for the first time we had some sponsorship, from Atkins Ferrie, and took the opportunity to get some new Grotto decorations to make Father Christmas feel at home.

The Variety Concert in October is a big fundraiser for the Lights Fund and that wouldn’t happen without Lisa Smith and Gina Sherwood, well done ladies.

The Christmas Fayre brochure is edited by Nicky Over, the advertising space is sold by Doug Neely and this year the brochure was delivered by members of the main Chudfest Committee. All of this work goes on behind the scenes and massive thanks are due to all of these people and to the businesses who advertise in the brochure.

I cannot finish this piece without mention of the Chudfest Christmas Lights Committee which works hard throughout much of the year to put the evening together, so Nicky, Lisa, Sue, Leah, Douglas, Annie, Gary, MaryAnne and Thierry a very big thank you, you are a great team!

Thank you Chudleigh for coming out to support the Chudleigh Christmas Fayre and a very Merry Christmas to everyone.

Alison Neely
Chair of the Chudfest Christmas Lights Committee 2019.

Open Garden – Updates

It’s set to be a beautiful weekend so support the Open Charity Gardens. If you haven’t already got tickets, you can get some from No 1 The Square both on Saturday and Sunday – the team there will also be able to provide some advice on getting to gardens.

Milestone Cross

With the road closure of Old Exeter Street, you need to approach Milestone Cross up via Milestone Lane (the first turning on the left past the Highwayman’s Haunt) – though of course we would encourage you to make the most of the weather and walk instead.

Woodlands (TQ13 0DR)

The owners have at Woodlands have prepared a superb menu for both days to make your trip even more worthwhile – click here to have a look.


Carnaby Street ‘Sounds of the Sixties’

Tickets will sell fast for this night of SIXTIES SWINGING TUNES from renowned Exeter band CARNABY STREET

Saturday 13 April 2019
Chudleigh School Hall

TICKETS £12.50 Box Office (Chudleigh Town Hall)
See Facebook or email for details

Back by popular demand after a Fantastic Live Show last year.

Chudfest bring you the South-Wests’ BIGGEST Sixties Tribute Live
Music Band for another foot shuffling night of hits. You’ll be
singing, dancing and arm waving all night. Guaranteed! Book

Fancy dress optional. Bar. Sore feet guaranteed!



Chudleigh celebrates Annual Christmas Lights Procession and Christmas Fayre

Chudleigh celebrates Annual Christmas Lights Procession and Christmas Fayre on 6th Dec 2018
The Christmas Fayre is a partnership between Chudfest and other local organisations, particularly the Chudleigh Carnival. The Carnival Queen and her attendants will walk with Santa to lead the Christmas Lantern procession from St Martin & St Mary Parish Church and join in with the big  countdown for the switch-on of the  town Christmas lights. The Fayre will feature the 2018 Carnival Float which has been given a Christmas make-over. The float and the Royalty will be positioned outside The Ship pub. Everyone is encouraged to visit the float and see this years winning theme of “SCHOOL OF ROCK” with music  that was performed during Carnival plus a selection of seasonal tunes.
Committee member Annie Holman said:
“We will have application forms on the float for 2019 Royalty and want to see lots of applications returned. I want to thank all of the supporters and Friends of the Carnival, without whom we could not put together a carnival week”. Annie is also extending an invitation to anyone who would like to join the Carnival Committee AGM at 7.30pm on January 31st 2019 at Chudleigh Town Hall.
After the Royalty we have six local soloists who will entertain with Christmas Tunes aboard the float.
We begin this years procession with an indoor seated mini concert of music and song provided by the KS2 children of Chudleigh Primary and our talented singers, Choir and Orchestra. Warmth and great acoustics in the Church promise it to be a lovely start to the evening that still offers the Lantern Procession from the Church Tree up to the War Memorial, the lighting of the town and late night opening and outside stalls selling wonderful goodies. Don’t forget our Christmas Fayre, with a fabulous selection of stalls in the Town Hall, Woodway Room, School Room and Youth Centre. Santa will be in the care of his Elves at the Grotto in the Youth Centre with a gift for every visitor and then pop into the library to hear the Shanty Men and Tena Ladies serenade you in their inimitable style!
Look out for dancing from Girls Allowed Out in the Phoenix and the handbell ringers in the Woodway Room.
The Chudfest stall at the Town Hall will be selling the final  pound a pop envelopes for the big draw on the Friday. You can enter now at shops in the High Street displaying a blue box. You can also enter the grand draw to win a Delux Winter Duvet and other prizes at our stall on the night and also from Gemma in Dandelion up to the end of the night .
Food, atmosphere music and shopping and lights to light the way. It’s what the Summer Spectacular is all about and we look forward to seeing you there on the night!
Bring your lanterns if you have them and a Festive Dog or two are always welcome at the Procession. You can enter them into the Festive Dogs Competition at Fido Sassoon at 6:30pm once the carolling around the main tree  is sung!
Enjoy the evening – stay safe & warm
A very Jolly Christmas to Chudleigh
Chief Elf
Timetable of Events:
5.15pm Parish Church – Orchestral music and choir from KS2 Chudleigh Primary School plus soloists singing seasonal tunes OPEN TO ALL
6.00pm – Church Christmas Tree Countdown to Lights switch on
followed by procession to war memorial Christmas Tree
6.10pm ( approx) Carols accompanied by orchestra
Late Night opening of Local Shops
Santa’s Grotto and Stalls in the Youth Centre from 6.30pm
Tena Ladies and Shanty Men singers in the Library
Soloists Christmas Songs on the Carnival Float from 7.15pm
A road closure will be in place from 6pm to 8pm.

Christmas Fayre Bookings

Booking Information

The late-night shopping/Christmas Fayre will take place this year on Thursday 6th December, with road closures between the War Memorial and Oldway from 6.00pm to 8.30pm. The Christmas Fayre will run from 5.00pm to 8.30pmand will be located in the Large Upstairs Hall, Woodway Room and School Room in the Town Hall, along with the Youth Centre. The latter will also be the location of Santa’s Grotto. Setup can be from 2.30pm onwards.

The deadline is getting information into the Christmas Fayre brochure is Thursday 18th October, so do make sure you get your booking in before then, in order to take advantage of the free publicity.


Tables will be charged at: £15 for a 6 table in the Upstairs Hall of the Town Hall, £8 for a 4’6″ table in either the Woodway Room or School Hall in the Town Hall, or the Youth Centre. Charity tables are £4 per table.

If you wish to book a table, please print and complete the form below as soon as possible, since spaces are limited. Bookings will generally be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. However, in order to ensure the widest possible range of goods on offer, we reserve the right to refuse applications where duplicate stalls have already been confirmed.

Public Liability Insurance

Stall holders need to be covered by public liability insurance. Please supply a copy of your own PLI, if held, when sending in your completed booking form.

Any traders who don’t have their own public liability insurance (i.e. those who are not professional traders or charity organisations) can sell at the event on behalf of Chudfest and will be covered by our own insurance policy for a small donation of 10% of your evening’s takings. This can either be given direct to us at the end of the evening in cash or paid by BACS direct to the Chudfest account (Account Number: 37007760, Sort Code: 30-84-67) before 12th December including your name/trading name as your payment reference.

Bookings will only be accepted upon receipt of the fee, the booking form and supporting documents where applicable.

Send your booking form, together with a cheque made payable to ‘Chudfest’ and a copy of your Public Liability Insurance to:

Chudleigh Christmas Fayre, c/o Sharon Nickels, 1 Willake Road, Kingskerswell, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5AB.

Queries via email:; or via text: 07974 450495.

Chudleigh Craft Fayre Booking Form 2018

Lantern Workshops

Come and make a Lantern for the Christmas Parade.


Wednesday 14th November at the Town Hall from 7.00pm until 9.00pm

Saturday 17th November at the Town Hall (accompanied children welcome at this session)

10.00am until 12.00 noon

All Materials and instructions provided.

£2.50 per person

and you will be able to take your completed STAR with you and then come and be part of the parade on 6th December at 6.00pm

Booking and further information from Leah Stirrat 852771

Variety Show Update

Please note that the Variety Show has been cancelled for this October as many of those usually involved are also taking part in the numerous Centenary commemorations around town.

But it will be back for 2019 with a fabulous theme.

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