2016 One Weekend Kegworth Press Release

Posted: 10 03 2017


First, and massive thank you as sponsors and supporters of our event. Without your help we most certainly could not have made this happen!!

Rain most certainly did not stop play for Kegworth, and Kegworth took to the air with Flypasts from Air Ambulance Crews and Iron Maiden Ed Force One!!

Opening with the Flower festival and sunny skies, moving thru torrents, over 200 runners turned up to Long Lane Equestrian Centre to enjoy either the children's 1m fun run or the 5m Long Lane dash- Pony Club games, Young Equestrian and a horseball game rounded off that part of the events, and nearby open allotments with apple pressing quenched any thirsts. Kegworth Cubs and Scouts donned waterproofs and hiked over the fields prepared for helping with litter picks, all part of the their Wold Community Badge. Whilst just 1/2m away, Parlour Tricks amazed over 50 folks with clever tricks that were also performed by the Children in the audience.

Day 2 and a 5.30 ground inspection demonstrated just how robust SideLey recreational park was. On came the children rides and the Massive Steam Gavioli Charity Organ. Stall holders and exhibitors arrived to the beautiful tunes played by this restored unique charity organ. Vikings pitched camp and started to prepare for battle! Sutton Bonington Farmers market helped feed the hungry teams who all supported this event. Bang on cue, Kegworth veteran, 96 year Arthur Marshall drove in on his Vintage Tractor with 3 others joining. Arthur opened the show and commented that this is something he has long been waiting to see since the demise of the famous Kegworth Carnival- intact many many mentions of this were heard- "we haven't seen anything like this for years" ; we certainly hope to see this great community event as a regular happening' ; 'its what kegworth has been needing since the demise of the carnival, loved the organ, it brought back many happy memories said Sheila Hawksworth, who helped organise the Soar Valley Twinning Association stand. Children loved the hook a duck, slides and fairground rides.

Over 50 local businesses and university departments joined together to create a demonstration area- children leant how to bandage animals and used the lambing simulator with the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine, generate electricity with Uniper, pack a 23kg holiday suitcase against the clock with East Midlands Airport and understand more about the Houndsfield Facility at the University of Nottingham Bio Science School.

Entertainment was diverse with Ukulele Group and Nottingham Ukrainian Orchestra and Singers. A key draw was Leicester Cobra's wheelchair basket ball who brought over 25 specially designed wheelchairs and not only gave a demonstration but allowed very many children and adults to have a go! Now to the Vikings! Sponsored by Kegworth Plan Group, having shared with crowds their encampment and fighting techniques, came the children vs Vikings battle and finally the battle of Kegworth - which of cause was won by Kaggi- Kegworth founding Father.

Outside the Park area, many people went to see the Guide Dog for the Blind puppy and had tours around the Arka Sightcare Practise with special optical entertainment and eye nourishment drinks, wondering up the High Street, Art Exhibition and Children's entertainment in the Baptist Church, before joining the Childrens Poetry session in the Kegworth Museum. Friends of Kegworth Community Library held a book sale and drew their lottery . Saturday evening was Showtime with KYPA and friends.

Sunday and hazy skies- pressing on, the Village Hall sprung to life with TaeKwonDo demo and taster sessions- new recruits were discovered. Kegworth WI turned out en masse and keep hundreds of locals and visitors happy with amazing refreshments and over 65 children's cookies were decorated- and then eaten. A challenging Village Quiz and Treasure hunt was taken by over 45 families who found out things they most certainly did not know about the village. "all were stoic about the rain and thoroughly enjoyed" commented Quiz master Jerry Tseng. A Group Dog walk, organised by Animal Ark, over muddy fields was enjoyed by over 20 dogs and their owners, before a good wash and brush up for The Companion Dog Show, organised by Loughborough and District Canine Society. With 14 classes, the room was packed with anticipation and over £80 raised for Animal Health Trust.

Whilst on the KGV playing fields hundreds of young children enjoyed a variety of footballing challenges, Kegworth Town Cricket Club played thru the rain with a number of 6 a side matches, Kegworth Bowls Club opened their doors, played many games and recruited new members. Local artist Mike Daly opened his allotment with an art display. Shepshed Charnwood Rotary hosted over 900 ducks to the river, raising over £1500 for local charities. Reminiscent of years gone by, they most certainly will do this again. Air Ambulance opened their doors and recruited new volunteers and raised over £200 on their Tombola having had the draw of the crowds listening to Dignity, the charity organ generously owned and sponsored by Holland Group Events.

The afternoon drew to a close with local Band Kynch playing for guests at a Hog Roast at The Yew Lodge.

Over 3000 people joined in the Community filled fun weekend and most certainly helped Kegworth put itself back on the map as a fun loving community. Chair of Kegworth Parish Council, Val Teffhai, said "huge congratulations to such an extremely well organised weekend. We are delighted to have supported it all".

The organising group, made up of 2 students from University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington campus and 6 village volunteers are thrilled with the turnout. Commented Graham Whitehead, senior coordinator of South Notts First Responders, who were there all weekend to ensure safety, "What a weekend, if i didn't know better I would say this has been running for years. The team has done a great job and we are pleased it has all come together for you all".

Our vision was

The key benefits to Kegworth Village by hosting this event included supporting the local businesses, encouraging visitors to the village to see what Kegworth has to offer and to encourage a sense of community spirit.

Well, Kegworth, we think YOU did just that.

We look forward to continuing our great relationships with sponsors, supporters designers, press, and all of our fans— who are committed to making future events that goes down in history.

Thank You! The One Weekend Kegworth Team.