Bournville Village Festival comes round every year to local revellers delight. Old ball games, the helterskelter, the crowning of the Bournville Village queen and the maypole. It is a much-loved festival which celebrates unique traditions in our little village.
But putting on the festival each year is a mammoth effort – taken on by the voluntary members of Bournville Village Council. Here we look at the people involved and what organisers are planning for next year.
Chairman of Bournville Village Council Bill Rice explained why the festival remains an important event in our village calender. He said:
“Our pleasure is your pleasure. As long as everybody has a good day, the kids are smiling and the fireworks go off, we are happy. The festival goes from strength to strength each year.”
Last year the festival drew in a profit of £8,455, a whopping improvemet on the previous year’s £199. Bournville Village Council treasurer, Ian Rider, said this was completely down to the sunny weather.The festival is supported by Bournville Village Trust, Birmingham City Council , Cadburys and local emergency services. Attractions at the festival include the maypole, the flower and craft show.
Pauline Rice has been organising and teaching the maypole to girls from Bournville for 26 years. A Bournville queen herself in 1965, Pauline is passing on the maypole duties to another member of the council, Sue Walsh, who has helped alongside Pauline for many years. Here she speaks about running the maypole, and why it is still so important for girls in the area to take part.
The Flower Show
Terry Davies has been running the flower show, which began in 1889, for many years after taking over from his father. He told the public at Bournville Village Council’s annual meeting that this year the marquees would be bigger and a different shape.
Last year, there were 260 entrants to the show, including 137 different classes of flower. Terry said: “The idea is to entertain people and to show how much fun it is.” The show runs next to strawberries and cream sold by the local churches, and introduced in recent years was a bassoon and an accordion band to play music while visitors weave in and out of the flower stands. When the marquees are emptied a local band will use the space this year to put on a small performance at the end of the festival.
The Craft Market
Making jewelry, teddy bears, cards and crafts is also another part of the Bournville Village Festival. The craft marquees offer a platform for those in the local area and further afield to share their craft. This June the craft market organiser – Tracey Kent – hopes to fit 20-25 tables in the marquee to get more ‘crafters’ inside. She said: “If you know anyone who might like to be involved then get in touch. It is not necessarily just for those who live in Bournville as we are trying to open it up to the wider community.
Bournville Village Festival will be running next year on Saturday 26 June 2010 from 2.00pm-10.30pm on the Cadbury’s Recreation Ground. Those wishing to know more or get involved should email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website http://www.bournvillefestival.org.uk/