Peldon Festival 2014

peldon-village-festival-2014This weekend sees the 2014 Peldon Village Festival with many old favourites but also, new this year, parachuting Teddies!  The main events are between 11am & 4pm each day unless otherwise detailed.

Saturday 14th June sees:

  • Craft stalls,
  • Meet the animals,
  • Tower open,
  • Exhibitions,
  • Lunches, cream teas,
  • Punch & Judy,
  • Street Organ, and
  • Parachting Teddies – yes bring along your Teddy, fit him up with a parachute and watch him make his jump from the Church Tower!

Sunday 15th June we have:

  • Festival service (9:30am),
  • Tower open,
  • Flowers, exhibitions,
  • Refreshments, cream teas, and
  • Song Cycle in Concert (7:30pm).

All enquiries to Sally on 01206 735931.


Run a stall at Peldon Festival 2014?

This year’s Peldon Festival is on Saturday 14th June. As usual we have Punch & Judy, animals, food, stalls, games etc.

We have also booked some craft stalls but are looking for local people who may want a stall and wonder if you know of anyone?  Maybe a couple of people want to share a stall?

Could you please put anyone in touch with me on this email [email protected] or 01206 735505 Or Kate on [email protected] or 01206 736043.

It would be nice to get local people involved. We are always needing help on the day, so if you fancy a day out let me know!

Jane Anderson


Peldon Village Festival 2013

peldon-festival-2013The annual Peldon Village Festival will be held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June, promising a great weekend for all the family.

Fair & fun

The Festival fun kicks off on Saturday 15th June at 11am with our traditional fair and family fun day in the village hall and its grounds, including a wonderful array of craft stalls, plant and homemade cake stalls, the ever-popular Professor Poulson’s Punch and Judy show, the Owl Man, with his amazing collection of owls, and Animal Experiences, enabling you to get close to many other fascinating creatures. In addition, there will be a bouncy castle and Kidzone to keep the children entertained, and for the adults a tombola, a beer and Pimm’s tent and our fabulous Grand Draw (First prize £100). Refreshments will be available throughout the day: Ploughman’s lunches or burgers and hotdogs served between 12 – 2pm, and delicious cream teas between 2.30 – 4pm.

Exhibitions & displays

As usual over the Festival weekend, St Mary’s Church will be open between 11am – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday for viewing Festival flowers, our Art and Photographic Exhibitions and the Friends’ pictorial display of events and improvement projects. The Church Tower will also be open for spectacular views over to Mersea, Langenhoe and way beyond. It also affords views over the changing landscape created by the very nearly completed Abberton Reservoir development.  Oh, and be sure to look out for the scarecrows – this year on parade in the churchyard. We are hoping to make this the biggest and best Scarecrow Competition of our Festival history. There is no particular theme; just come and stage your scarecrow on Saturday morning: the more the merrier!

Pet Service & Open Gardens

On Sunday 16th June, there will be a special Festival Pet Service at 9.30am in the church. So why not bring along your pets? Old or young, large or small, God will welcome them all! Following this service, light refreshments will be served in the church café throughout the day, the tower will be open, exhibitions can be admired and scarecrows viewed and judged.

Also on the Sunday between 11am – 4pm, Peldon once again hosts its Open Gardens event with nine gardens in the village open. Programmes (£3) will be available from the church from 10.30am.

Song Cycle

Then, for the finale of our Festival weekend: our Festival Concert at 7.30pm in the church, featuring Song Cycle, the all singing, all cycling male voice quartet. Their style is a la King’s Singers and the concert promises a wonderfully varied programme of traditional, sacred and modern pieces – ‘from Bach to The Beatles’. Not to be missed! Tickets £10, including light refreshments, from the Festival desk or Bill 01206 735770.

All proceeds of the Festival will go to the Friends of St Mary’s Peldon, who are currently raising funds to install running water and much needed toilet facilities. (


Details of Jubilee Festival – Peldon

peldon-jubilee-festival-2Peldon Jubilee Festival, 1st– 4th June

It is amazing to think that the Peldon May Festival – this year renamed to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – is now in its seventh year. Initially staged to launch the Friends of St Mary’s, the festival has grown into an annual village event, centred around the church and village hall.

Last year, the May Festival raised over £2000, enabling the Friends to see the completion of essential electrical rewiring in the church, including enhanced lighting and heating. However, there are still many projects to carry out, particularly the need to install toilets and a wet area. With the aid of grants and a substantial programme of fundraising events throughout the year, the Friends are on the way to achieving this aim but there is still some long way to go, so we are hoping that the Peldon Jubilee Festival 2012 will raise even more than before.

The festivities begin on Friday evening, 1st June, with Festival Folk at The Plough, led by Keith Lovell. This proved very popular as an opening event last year, with the village community coming together to enjoy a relaxed evening of impromptu shanties and folk tunes, as well as some great food and beer. This is a free event starting at 7.30pm, but we may well shake a bucket or two and entice you to buy a ticket for the Festival Grand Draw (first prize £100 and many other fabulous prizes).

The Festival then really kicks off on Saturday at 11am with our traditional fair and family fun day in the grounds of the village hall, including craft, plant and cake stalls, demonstrations, Punch and Judy, bouncy castle, grand prize draw, tombola and a street organ complete with monkey. By popular demand, the Owl Man will be back with his amazing collection of owls and if you’d like to get close to some other fascinating creatures, Animal Experiences gives you the opportunity to handle snakes, millipedes, spiders and more! Refreshments, including a beer tent, will be available throughout the day, with Ploughman’s lunches served between 12 – 2pm, and Jubilee cream teas between 2.30 – 4pm.

As usual over the Festival weekend, St Mary’s Church will be open between 11am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday for viewing the Flower Festival (a jubilee theme, I believe), Art and Photographic Exhibitions, and the Friends’ pictorial display of events and improvement projects. The church tower will also be open for spectacular views over to Mersea, Langenhoe and the developing Abberton Reservoir.  As you make your way up or down, remember to admire the newly refurbished and reinstated Miles Gray Bell.

On Sunday 3rd June, following the Festival Thanksgiving Service at 9.30am to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Peldon once again hosts its Open Gardens event (11am – 4pm). As you enjoy the gardens, a whole host of Scarecrows – royal or otherwise, will be competing for the Jubilee crown, so watch out for them in the village and cast your vote for the winner when you return to the village hall for lunch or a jubilee cream tea, where you may also be invited to hunt the garden gnomes!

Then, for what promises to be the highlight of our Jubilee Festival weekend: a Festival Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the church, featuring The Medlars, a Colchester-based three-piece band with very diverse roots, and No Stings Attached (Gwendal Moële and Catherine Legg), an Anglo-French a capella duo, singing traditional songs in English, French and Breton – ‘quite exquisite…with beautiful harmony’. Both The Medlars and No Strings Attached have been performing to high acclaim in pubs and clubs across Essex and Suffolk. Not to be missed! Tickets £10, including light refreshments, from Bill 01206 735770 or take your chances on the door.

And finally, Monday! To draw the Festival to a close, Peldon has joined forces with Great and Little Wigborough to host a Diamond Jubilee Street Party for the children of all three villages, to be staged at Peldon village hall at 3pm. For more details contact Mel: 01206 736118.

With so much on offer, this promises to be our best Peldon Festival yet. We do hope you can join us!


Jubilee Festival – Peldon

peldon-jubilee-festivalWith a Jubilee slant this year’s Peldon Festival runs from 1st to 3rd June with a range of entertainments and activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Starting Friday evening with The Shantymen from Mersea entertaining in the Peldon Plough the Festival moves on to a traditional Fayre on Saturday.  The Fayre provides a range of fun activities as well as refreshments a beer tent and Jubilee cream teas.  More Jubilee cream teas on the Sunday as Gardens are opened for viewing around the village with the festival rounding off Sunday evening with The Medlars and No Strings Attached performing in the Church.


Peldon May Festival 2011

Riotous Assembly - Folk Opera of 19th Century riots
Riotous Assembly – Folk Opera of 19th Century riots
Don’t miss 3 days of events at the Peldon May Festival. 

Kicking it off in the Plough on Friday 27th ay at 7:30 will be Folk music in the garden, provided by Elaine Barker, Bill, Gwendal Moele and Shanty Clere. The usual Friday pub food will be available or why not try your hand at Boules  before Sunday’s competition. 

Between 11am and 5pm on the Saturday there is a day of family fun with the Church Tower Open, Flower Festival, Art and Photographic Exhibition, Craft Stalls, Owl Display, Dog Training, Punch and Judy, Bouncy Castle, Gardeners Question Time, Beer Tent, Ploughmans Lunches and Cream Teas with entrance just £2 or £1 for children. 

Sunday kicks off with a Pet Service in the church at 9:30 followed between 10am and 4pm with the Church Tower Open, Flower Festival and Art and Photographic Exhibitions in the Church, Open Gardens with Treasure Hunt and Scarecrow Competition, Light Lunches, Cream Teas and the Boules Competition.

The festival is rounded off nicely with a Festival Concert in the Church by the popular Hadleigh group ‘Riotous Assembly’. A tale of the Essex riots 1790-1820, depicted in a contemporary folk song setting, followed by an end of Festival reception. Tickets £10 to include refreshments.  More details from Bill Tamblyn 01206 735770. 


Peldon May Festival 2010

A windswept day with ‘interesting’ weather did not dampen to enthusiasm to enjoy the annual Peldon May Festival.  The following pictures were taken on the day.

Peldon Councillor Nicky Ellis with the Colchester Mayor Sonia Lewis and her escort Keith Lewis
Youngsters enjoying the new playground
Mayoral couple with Peldon Councillors Nicky Ellis and Jane Banks and Wigboroughs Councillors Phil Gladwin and
Jinny Gale at the new playground