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Little Shelford Village week-end

Village Weekend 2023 prize winners

  • Beanie Surprise – Lonest runner bean Diana Haines

  • Pith Helmet – exotic fruit or vegetable Henno Martin

  • Sombrero – 3 home grown chillis Brie Lury

  • Chef’s Hat “Torque” for 4 tomatoes Christa Jostock

  • Beret for berries Jan Savin

  • Crowning Glory – 4 Roses Sue Fox

  • Wizard Hat – 4 magic dahlias Jan Savin

  • Floral Fascinator Flower Display Emma Sims

  • Photo of a village garden Christa Jostock

  • Photo of someone wearing a hat Meg Wilding

  • Best poem or rhyme about hats Meg Wilding

  • Flower decorated hat Meg Wilding

  • Best picture of a hat Joint First – Eloise and Iris Robinson

Little Shelford village weekend scarecrow winners

We were very impressed by all the entries for the Scarecrow Competition, thank you to everyone who took part.
We were delighted to welcome to the Village Weekend Event Sarah Vaughan, local author, to judge the Scarecrow Competition.
The winners were:

1st             The Pirate
2nd            Farmer from The Terrace
3rd             Freddy Flintstone


Little Shelford Fun Week-end

Hang on to your Hats - Keep the date

Friday 15th to Sunday 17th September 2023


Little Shelford Entertainments Committee (LSEC) organises the popular village weekend that has been running almost every year for the last 20 years, this is built on a tradition that had lapsed in the 1980’s of an annual Village Feast that stretched back for centuries.


The event will be a traditional three days of activities taking place on the Wale Recreation Ground over the Weekend. The activities include live music, dancing and food on Friday evening, a traditional Village Fete, family games and Village Show on Saturday afternoon and an All Saints Harvest celebration, a history walk and other more relaxed activities on Sunday. We hope that there might also be a Community Cabaret in the village Memorial Hall on Saturday evening.


Help us plan the Village Weekend 2023 with your suggestions and ideas


The weekend is in the early stages of planning and details will follow in the next newsletter so there is still plenty of time for the Village Community to come up with ideas and suggestions for the weekend. So, if you have thoughts, or comments please e-mail our LSEC secretary, Jo Boyle, with your ideas.


The LSEC committee is also very welcoming of new members and those who want to volunteer to help over the weekend itself, even if you don’t have time to join the committee. Please contact Jo if you would like to contribute in any way.

We want to weekend to be very inclusive and to have events for all ages and interests so we encourage you to come forward with your ideas.

Posted Feb 28 2023


Fun week-end new event

A new event is being introduced for the Little Shelford Fun Week-end.

Dominic Bell (Acting) and Dave Adams (Musical Director) propose a new venture as part of the Little Shelford Fun Weekend on the evening of September 16 in the Little Shelford Memorial Hall. We are sounding out interest in performing as actors or singers or musicians or directing or assisting in a fun-filled evening of comic sketches, monologues, songs and musicianship.


We believe there is untapped talent out there but need you to get in touch to say you like this idea and would be interested in participating. We anticipate an evening which will showcase the talents of the whole cross-section of age groups in the village, but realistically for performers post-pantomime age and upwards.  The evening will take the form of a variety of entertainments to an audience seated at tables with food and drink.

So have a think about whether you are happy to bring along your comic performance (monologue or group), song (solo or group), comic poem, magic act etc.  We have plenty of acting and singing material to offer if you are happy to try something new with our help.  We also need offers to help with box office and backstage. Dave and Dom are experienced directors and look forward to hearing from you via

Assuming we get enough expressions of interest in this venture, we would like to hold ‘auditions’ towards the end of April so you can run pieces and pitch proposals to us.

Dave and Dom

Posted Feb 27 2023

new event

Little Shelford Fun week-end




Well, what a fun weekend!


See what happens when it gets postponed for a year!


The Little Shelford fun weekend came and went in a blaze of late summer sunshine. With it came the crowds too, and it was so nice to see so many people make it out for the weekend.  Having felt somewhat like a village in hibernation for the last year and a half, there was a great showing of people throughout the weekend, whether it be the Friday night disco and dance, the Saturday fete, the real ale and craft beer festival, the Sunday service, history walk or the picnic. Well done for making it out and making it feel like things were ‘normal’ again. If only for a while…


Friday night’s format was more informal than usual – a disco, no fancy dress, and food vans instead of the formal, sit down affair.  With about 200 attendees, this seemed to be the best turnout for several years. No doubt helped by the warm weather, the knockdown ticket price, a fallow year under lockdown, and the more mix and mingle approach. But whatever it was, it seemed that people enjoyed themselves, and this is likely to be the format for next time. As ever, Simon Mackinder and his colleagues put on a great performance for Friday evening in terms of lights, sounds and video, and helped make it a special occasion. People were strewn in and out of the large marquee and Steak & Honour, and the Wandering Yak both seemed busy serving up to a happy crowd of party goers.  Mark and Barry were also busy with a large selection of ales and craft beers throughout Friday evening and into Saturday.  David Munro kept supplies of wine available for intravenous purposes until well into the night. But then midnight came, and we all turned into pumpkins; such a pity the Saturday village fete did not have a prize category for that one. I can think of a few people who would have contended for that prize.


As it was, the fete did roll around, and we had a robust set of entries for many of the categories on Saturday.  The scarecrows in particular made a good impression, perched as they were against the playground wall, looking like they were waiting for the revolution to come.  The beavers eventually won a tightly judged competition (I think), but there were many great entries we had seen round the streets for a couple of weeks beforehand.  Other scarecrows never made it to the Rec, but lingered around the village either to remain there or leave for earth orbit.


Not that there was much space on the Rec by early afternoon.  It seemed that most of the village and surrounding parts had made it down in the warm and sunny weather to see the (new) artificial cricket strip and fete opened by our local MP, Anthony Browne, and see the mini animal farm including micropig (I missed it…it must have been small).  Many thanks to REDMAYNE ARNOLD & HARRIS in particular for sponsoring that slot. There was a full set of stalls and events reflecting a truly wide variety of interests, clubs and activities that happens in the village.  It felt almost normal, all apart from the absence of the Covid unfriendly bouncy castles and assault course, which we felt we could not have this year for the obvious reason.



Saturday afternoon was only marred by one scandal and that was in the final tug o’war.  As you will all know, Little Shelford has always won the ‘Little Shelford vs the Rest of the World’ battle of the century (said without exaggeration every year).  However, with the road closed to Great Shelford, a substitute rope was found. (No way through to collect the usual rope. This reminds me of the Times Headline a hundred years ago, ‘Fog in Channel, Continent cut off’. The continent was Great Shelford, and the Channel the shallow ford). However, the substitute rope was found wanting.  In fact, it was found to have snapped under the extraordinary pulling power of those two battling sides. I had to declare the competition a dead heat (even if the Little Shelford side did retain more of the rope, I am not sure this important piece of information had made it into the royal and ancient rulebook).  A couple of plasters were placed on the scorched knees of brave warriors (mostly under 10 years old – amazing what a plaster does for bravery at that age), and we got up and dusted ourselves down. Nonetheless, the village is still undefeated and we can hold our heads up high.  Which some did well into Saturday night, as the beer festival continued on to live music and foggy heads, with the burbling sound of burgers and hotdogs being munched fading into the background of the band. David Jones looked a happy and satisfied Master Burgermaker.


There were of course no foggy heads, nor fog indeed, present for the litter pick up and general clearance before the Sunday Service, which always attracts a great turnout. But let’s be honest, there were not many people with the stomach and heart for clearing up the Rec that morning.  Following on from the well attended Service, a goodly group of the hardy and curious paraded round the village and church to share tales of historical interest, covering such diverse topics as the background to Camping Close, through the history of football, to famous and Nobel prize winning residents of our village.  As well as 900 years of history in our church!


Thank you to our sponsors especially REDMAYNE ARNOLD & HARRIS and THE NAVIGATOR, the organising committee, an anonymous donor, prize donors for the silent auction, and the many people who helped out with the most precious of all commodities, time and enthusiasm, to make the weekend a real community event. 


Until next time!

Little Shelford Entertainments Committee

Posted Oct 2 2021

Scarecrow competition winners


1st Beavers

2nd Munro’s recycled

Joint 3rd Super Kid Twins and Flying Harry Potter and Snitch

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