Gallery: Village ‘Olympians’ strike gold

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 July 2012 | UPDATED: 09:17 13 July 2012

Nat and Jacob racing on the rollercoaster.

Nat and Jacob racing on the rollercoaster.


YOUNGSTERS enjoyed all sorts of sports as a village held its own version of the Olympics at the weekend.

The Shipham Fun Olympics saw children play golf, badminton and the French sport of boules as well as baking, computer games and Scrabble on Sunday – with plenty of grown-ups getting in on the action, too.

The great Shipham bake-off saw more than 32 entrants bake sweet treats ranging from cakes to biscuits in a battle to take the baking gold.

But the main draw was a family fun event, which included three-legged races, wheelbarrow racing and a children’s obstacle course.

The event, held at Shipham Village Hall in New Road, and on the nearby football field, was funded through donations, including £100 from local amateur dramatics group the Shipham Players and £200 from a community fund in the name of former villager George Thierry.

A new Scrabble group has been set up after the success of the event, which main organiser Mark Trenchard described as one of the ‘lasting legacies’ of the day.

He said: “The ethos I had was to put on a community event for both children and the more elderly in the village and that was achieved.

“I fulfilled my aim to bring the community together, young and old.”

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