A magical 2017 Wormcharming
Wormcharming takes place on Sunday 30th April this year – and to celebrate the 20th (yes, 20th !) anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel our theme is all things Potteresque. So dig out you wizarding robes, dust off your broomstick and join us in style for a magical Wormcharming festival!
Night time landing site for air ambulance and broomsticks
Wormcharming is not only about having fun – it's also about raising funds for local good causes. The major benefactor in recent years has been the Devon Air Ambulance Trust which has received almost £10,000 from us in the last ten years. Our fundraising in this regard has a specific and challenging focus this year. We are committed to establishing a night landing site for the Air Ambulance within the village asap. Some grant funding is available but we will need to raise something like £2,000-£3,000 (in addition to the £1,000 already allocated from Wormcharming 2016) to put in place the necessary remotely-controlled night landing lights.
So we're looking to raise the bar in terms of fund-raising this year. One of the ways that you can support this initiative is by donating a fabulous auction lot to infamous Wormcharming auction – anything from a tin of Spam (although a hamper would, I think, raise more money!) or maybe a day's skilled labour to short-break holiday accommodation voucher. If you have something you could offer (ideally low cost to you but high value to auction bidders) please contact Steve Thomas on 01803 712840 or send him an email.
Fun dog show
Our ever popular dog show will be happening again this year - immediately after the Wormcharming competition (around 14.00hrs) in the secret field. Classes this year are: best fancy dress dog (Harry Potter theme), best bitch, best dog, old & young (under 2 or over 7 years of age), most beautiful eyes, waggiest tail, invisible class (depends on circumstance), best in show (only open to winners of other classes - free with donations please) £1.00 per dog per class and all entry fees will go to the local good causes that we are supporting this year. Dog available to hire for those who don't have a dog. There will be doggy drinking water available.
For more information please contact Carey 01803 712215. Blackawton welcomes thoughtful dog handlers. Please pick up after your dog.
Make some noise at Wormcharming
Whilst we're looking for support, I should mention that it looks unlikely that we'll have sufficient local Morris dancers to lead our Wormcharming parade this year. That's a real pity but we're hoping that we can at least find enough local musicians to create a “scratch” band to make some noise and lead the way down through the village on the day. Again, if you'd be prepared to be part of this (or even, please, organise it) do contact Steve Thomas on 01803 712840 or send him an email asap.
Europe's most unmissable festival!
Yes, it's official! The Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming has been voted “Europe's Most Unmissable Festival” by Australian journalist Grant Mills who attended 22 mad festivals in 10 European countries in 2014. Check out his video:
More online footage
Also, Canadian film producer Cat Mills (no relation to Grant) has also put her video of the 2013 event online:http://www.wickedweirdworld.com/wicked-and-weird-episode-7-the-international-worm-charming-competition/
Wormcharming memorabilia wanted
As well as informing you about this year's event, we plan to build up an archive of the history of Wormcharming in Blackawton. If you have photos, videos, stories or details of past winning teams please contact the Web (not Worm) Master to add them to the site.