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It has been a very busy period of fund-raising by the CORGI team and their trusty helpers. On September 28th, The Hill Race attracted over 50 runners from across the region and on, thankfully, a dry sunny morning the runners bounded across Hambledon Hill ably supported by drummers and safety marshals. Village children ran their races on the recreation ground and celebrated their achievement with certificates. The runners all returned safely and the winning time was by Luke de Bendictus in 25.43 minutes. The fastest female was Nicolene de Strath in 28.44minutes. Jack Wrann and Ava Butler were the Under 16 winners ,respectively, in the boys and girls categories. Congratulations to all who took part. All runners received a hand crafted medal and enjoyed home cooked refreshments after their exertions.

The storms then set in but despite the inclement weather that evening, Oketoberfest 2019 was a thigh-slapping, seat-swaying, left-right-stand up-sit down, stein bashing success! It is safe to say Child Okeford folk love a good party and the event was sold out!

Oketoberfest wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful volunteers who work so hard to make the event possible despite working full/part time whilst juggling life amongst family and friends. Many evenings were spent at meetings in the run up alongside foraging, setting up and the wonderful task of taking down today when we were all a bit worse for wear.

Thank you to each and everyone of you!

A huge thanks also to Phil Blake for bringing along his wonderful Oompah band to serenade us and to Giles Henschel for being the MC with the worst taste in shorts but the best line in patter! Martin Oliver bought along several of his ‘Steam Up’ friends and their magnificent Steam Engines added to the atmosphere, despite the soft muddy ground! He and his team plus CORGI helpers are working with the groundsman on making good the grass once it stops raining!

Also, we’d like to thank you, the Herrs and Fraus of Oketoberfest 2019 for coming and supporting our event, dressing up, making our wonderful WI bar Frauleins laugh, for joining in, for dancing on the chairs and tables into the small hours. Your stamina was impressive!

Finally, we’re happy to announce the 3rd annual Oketoberfest will be taking place on Saturday 26th September 2020! Save the date!

If you’d like to help with next year’s event, we’ll be hosting an open meeting for new volunteers in January. Watch out for details.


The Rugby World Cup Breakfasts have been well supported and home teams have been cheered on by a knowledgeable crowd, fuelled by excellent bacon and sausage baps, teas and coffees from Kirsty Baird and her team of helpers plus a small but busy bar for those keen to partake of local ales. Thanks to Cary Knapton for getting the equipment set up. There is now an electric screen, a sound system and cordless microphone to compliment the WiFi.All now available as part of the hire of the Community Centre. Our CORGI plans are slowly coming to fruition. Thanks to Phil Blake for the donation of his excellent sound system, Wes Crutcher for the loan of his projector and to Cary for getting it all in working order.

We hope a home side will make it to the final on Saturday 2nd November . Kick off : 9 am when our final Rugby World Cup breakfast will be held.

We are postponing the November Quiz night until 2020. The CORGI team are a bit exhausted and need time to regroup, catch up with families and recover from our efforts over the last few months.

Our next fund-raising event will be Christmas Lantern Making workshop on Saturday 14th Dec (TBC) and the Christmas Lantern Procession through the village on the evening of Thursday 19th December .

Thank your your support across all these recent events. With your continued kindness and generosity we can raise the funds needed to have a wonderful refurbished Community Centre and grounds. We are aiming to provide an updated space for events, games, performances ,classes, clubs and storage of village assets. Things are beginning to take shape……

If you would like to join us and help out on the CORGI Committee then do contact Karen for a chat: [email protected]

Thanks again

Page updated 18th October 2019

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