Village festival to commemorate 
World War One centenary

PUBLISHED: 12:30 28 May 2014

Jo Nipper in her Big Battlefield Biking Kit

Jo Nipper in her Big Battlefield Biking Kit


A NORTH Somerset village is commemorating World War One by raising money for a charity helping current soldiers and their families.

Lorna Nipper in her Big Battlefield Biking KitLorna Nipper in her Big Battlefield Biking Kit

The Winscombe and Sandford Parish Festival, from June 21 to July 5, is culminating in a black tie dinner and charity ball for 300 people.

There will be a banquet of five courses including wine, courtesy of the Party Shop in Axbridge, and a Roll Of Honour for all those from the parish who died in the war will be read during a moment of silence.

During the dinner a charity auction will take place with items on offer including dinners for two, paintings from a well-known Bristol artist and weekend retreats.

After dinner, guests will be able to dance off their meals with live music from The Stealers and MP John Penrose will be the guest of honour.

As well as being an act of remembrance, the event is supporting Help For Heroes.

This charity is organising a cycling event from Brussels to Paris, passing through various World War One battlefields.

Two sisters from the parish, Jo and Lorna Nipper, are taking part and are training hard to raise £2,600 each for the charity before August.

The event will be taking place at the War Memorial Ground off The Lynch on July 4 at 7.30pm and all proceeds will go towards sponsoring the sisters on their challenge.

Tickets, priced £40, are available from various Winscombe outlets including The Wine Shop in Woodborough Road, the church office in Church Road or from Steve Bridges on 01934 842386.

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