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Joyce’s Bingo

Joyce tells me that the bingo made £404 for hall & park funds. Huge thanks to her & everyone who attended or contributed!


Do join us for this annual favourite fundraiser!  Free entry, lots of prizes, grand raffle.

The Big Lunch

Join us for a picnic in the park!

North Bradley Fete & Novelty Dog Show

To be opened by North Bradley C of E Primary School Headteacher, Miss K Ash plus the school choir

Our Arena acts:-Trowbridge Majorettes

Stagecoach Trowbridge

West Wilts Gymnasts

Dee Dee’s Dance Club

Dancing Flavours

Dogwise Training

Dog Show final round, best in show

Confirmed as attending to date:-
Carol Allen – tea cups ride, hook-a-duck & bell ring
Austin Hunt’s Traditional Amusements – inflatable slide
Steve Welling – Fun Bus
Maxi Smart – Archery stall & tin can alley
Rio Pike – facepainting, glitter tattoos & hair feathers
The Rising Sun – bar
Mr Withys ice cream van
Sally Smith – veggie catering
Peace Memorial Trust – pre-loved books & toys
Linda Lewis – dresses, bags, cards, dog coats etc
free prize draw, toys, gifts & promotion
Jane Symonds – gifts & crafts
Catherine & Karen Britton – bath-time treats
Karina Poolman – crafts
Lynn Waldron – Cottage Garden Plants
Sandra Winfield – sweets & snow cones
Sue Stinchcombe – Black Cat Arts Design – framed artwork
Lyndsey Sturgess – craft sales & workshops
Rosie Evitt – local author
Bev Viveash crafts & cards for the RUH
Sylvia Williams – baby gifts
Toddler group – pre-loved toys & clothes
WI – cakes, plants & bric-a-brac
North Bradley Cricket Club – welly wanging & raw egg throwing
Youth Football Team – beat the goalie
Willows Pre-school – tombola
Carol Fivez – Utility Warehouse
Amelia Douchet – bric-a-brac, biscuits & cupcakes
Sarah Winter – ‘Matieo’ – a wide variety of gifts from around the world
Katie-Louise – jewellery
Leanne Latham-King – RSPB – information, awareness, membership
Julia Trowbridge – Art Group – cards & sales
North Bradley Parish Council – Neighbourhood Plan awareness
Samantha Knight – Usbourne Books
Bekkie Goodall – Younique skincare & makeup
Thyme Raven – fabrics
Chris & Ruth Eacott
Rebecca Garratt – Unity-Oneness – crystals, jewellery, gift & ‘make & take table
Pauline Mardell – hand-knitted goods
Brenda Forbes – pre-loved books, jigsaws & bric-a-brac
Jaqui Redfern – artwork, pet portraits, cards etc
Mr & Mrs Score – soft toys & pick-a-straw game
Emma Dove – arts & crafts
Alan Ridout – honey products
Isobel Stevens – Make up & hand made owls
Southwick & North Bradley Cubs – games
There are a few spaces left  for stallholders and other suitable attractions
Set Up from 09.30am, open to public from 11.00am
Cost per 3x3mtr space is £10 payable in advance, plus a raffle prize on the day please. Larger attractions by arrangement. A few stalls can be accommodated in the hall by prior arrangement.
Supply your own tables, chairs & gazebo.
 Please let us know asap if you are interested with an idea of what you would like to sell or do to avoid duplication. Booking forms can then be sent out.


Tidy Up Day


Very many thanks to the 24+ people who turned up this morning to help with the Park Action Day. With teams inside the hall, on the recreation ground & in the play area a big impression was made all round with litter picked, shrubs pruned, weeds & brambles cleared, windows cleaned & furniture steam cleaned to mention just a few of the jobs done! We look forward to even more people coming to help next time on 24th June when we need to get the site looking it’s best ready for the fete.

Easter Egg Hunt, table top sale & plant swap

easter-egg-hunt-poster-17-page-001 Many thanks to everyone who either attended or helped with the Easter egg hunt. An amazing £438.50 was raised, which will go towards the upkeep of the children’s play area!

Attending were:-

Peace Memorial Trust – art & craft – make an Easter bonnet! + pre-loved toys & books

JACCI – famous children’s tombola

The Friends of North Bradley School – games

Ali’s Emporium – shabby chic, crafts & gifts

Cushions Galore – crafts

Wiltshire Sight – crafts & gifts

Horizons Cafe – Veggie hot food

Rio Pike – facepainting

Mr Withey’s ice cream

bouncy castle

Utility Warehouse



A very limited number of spaces remaining

Set up from 9 am

Tables (one provided) £10 + a raffle prize

stall holders also considered for our recreation ground


Valentine Crafts & book sale


Morgan & West


For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of guarding their jaws against descent in the presence of these two, all you really ought to know by way of introduction is that in 2011 magical duo Morgan & West fooled leviathans of trickery Penn and Teller, on a television show entitled Fool Us hosted by Jonathan Ross. No small achievement for two twenty-something-year-old men who describe themselves as the “Victorian Ant and Dec” of magic. So for anyone not a member of the Magic Circle, a hugely silly question follows: on an otherwise unremarkable afternoon in London’s perfectly period Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, can they fool you? You betcha, madam.

They seem tired. It is 1.30pm, hardly a performer’s ideal call-time, especially when you consider that time machine or no time machine; the pair are midway through a gruelling UK tour here. As with all performances of this ilk, preparation is key and the audience sees only a fraction of what occurs, so it all feels a little early in the day.

Robert West, the shorter and more slight of the duo, has stunningly graceful and undulating hands which at one point manipulate crystals in a scene any fan of the movie Labyrinth will adore but fluffs a few opening lines as well as quick-paced exchanges (admittedly involving words like “prestidigitators”) and seems convinced he’s performing in the evening. We forgive him immediately. He’s a time-traveller after all.

Rhys Morgan is perhaps the stronger showman in the opening tricks. He raises guffaws from the audience during the Trademark Biscuit Trick, which involves reading the minds of several audience members to ultimately discover their favourite tea-dunker. To say I’ve no idea how it’s done is hardly surprising. The fact that they’re so lovable and entertaining whilst they fool you into a wide-eyed stupor however, is nothing short of delightful.

All props and tools of trickery are kept strictly within the 1880s dateline, thus one is thoroughly and refreshingly immersed in the Victorian age. A favourite with the plentiful younger audience, Balloon Handcuffs of Death begins with some poignant balloon puppetry –- balloons of course having been invented in 1824 — and sees West deal with a child completely ruining his slicked-down hair exceptionally, revealing a glint of a darker side we see only later when he flips a piece of paper with “true” or “false” written on it with impeccable timing.

One trick that sees Morgan swallowing needles is probably as dark as it gets here, and when so many of their peers seem to have gone all life-threatening and bloodthirsty, it makes a gloriously nice change. They have a knack, especially in a sequence currently named The New Trick, of showing you tantalising titbits of how it’s usually done; a deck of cards on a hat, another switched behind, only to divert your attention and suddenly an apple is where it could never have gotten, and the effect is all the more flabbergasting.

Other than one fairly significant and difficult to cover transitional blip in the final trick of the afternoon which involves foam red noses, it is difficult to find fault with their timing or technique. They are more than capable of accounting for the poor timing of many a child or indeed adult whom they invite onstage however, which is truly admirable.

One has the genuine sense that there is something to understand here if only you could pin it down. You are indeed being fooled, and oh, perhaps you should actually be looking at the other one! But it’s gone and of course you didn’t get it, again. And yet, as each trick confounds you further, you can’t help it, you love them a little more.


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