Christmas Fayre preparations underway

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls… don’t forget that we will be holding our Christmas Fayre at the Village Hall on Saturday 1st December! (we’ll be open 10-30am until 1.00pm). We’ve a wide range of stalls on offer, and will be selling hot food and drink, including some delicious hot sandwiches by our friends at the (very aptly named) Maypole Coffee Shop and Deli’. We’ll also be serving up some tasty mince pies and warming home-made Mulled wine. Signs and posters are currently going up in the village, and (if you haven’t done so already) you should be receiving an invite through your letterbox very soon! We look forward to seeing you at the Fayre! For more information, please click here.

Beer Festival Another Huge Success

Pictured: David Moss, Lucie Glover and Dan Hampshire… Festival volunteers.

We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who came along and supported our fourth annual Beer Festival. The event once again proved extremely popular, and the weather (although not quite the same balmy 26 degees as last year) proved highly favourable, with the bar running dry at 5pm! And that’s despite us increasing the amount of drinks on offer last year by 20%.

The first beer to sell out was the very distinctive ‘Tabatha’ (brewed by Partners of Dewsbury)… a very pale Belgian style tripel beer with a strong fruity, hoppy character and a hint of coriander… proving a hit with real ale lovers, and those that might normally prefer a lager. It wasn’t long before the remaining casks were emptied, soon to be followed by the bottle bar. The Liefmans Cuvee-Brut (an amazing cherry beer from Belgium that tastes more like a sparkling rose wine) was (as predicted) the first to sell out, and the local Organic Cider from Samuel Smiths was something of a surprise hit.

Those that attended will know that we made a few changes to this year’s festival; a bigger and better bar (courtesy of Garforth Lions), a separate bottle bar, the addition of draft cider, an all new payment system, the provision of live music and improved tasting notes to name but just a few! We think that this resulted in a better experience for our guests (significantly shortening queue times for example)… hopefully you’ll agree, but we’re always open to suggestions and comments for further improvement!

Don’t worry if you couldn’t make the event… we’ll back back again next year, and we will be even bigger and better! If you’d like to see some photos, you can view them on our photos page (many thanks to Rebecca Winteringham and Jean Fergusson for taking these). To download a free festival programme (including tasting notes) please click here.

Finally, we’d like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors, without whom the event would simply not be possible:-

  • Barwick Fisheries
  • Barwick Garage
  • Capitol Car Spares
  • The Gascoigne Arms
  • The Maypole Coffee Shop & Deli
  • Nicky Howarth (Howarth Solicitors)
  • Neil’s Fruit and Veg – Leeds Market
  • Neil Stagg
  • Options Hair Salon
  • The New Inn
  • Pizza Piccante

A special mention must also go out to our first ever glass sponsor, and we would especially like to thank Andy at Thackers Commercial for his generous sponsorship.

Pictured: Local musician Sam Crane entertaining the crowd. Image courtesy of Rebecca Winteringham.

Beer Festival Beers Announced

Yorkshire Sparkle, Worts n’ Ale, Journeyman’s and Captain Oates… they might have some odd sounding names, but rest assured these are some fine tasting ales. We’ve got a great range of drinks lined up for you at this year’s Beer Festival which takes place in less than a couple of weeks on Saturday the 20th October. For more information and a full list of drinks please click here.

Beer Festival preparations under way

Preparations are well underway for our fourth annual Beer Festival. Whilst we can’t promise the balmy temperatures of last year (26 degrees in October!)…we can promise you an even greater choice of quality cask ales and continental bottled lagers (we’ll also be catering for wine and cider drinkers of course). Please check out our Beer Festival page for for more details.

Sponsors wanted
We want to make this year’s festival bigger and better than ever… by increasing the selection of beers available (we’re aiming for 14 barrels this year!). We’re therefore offering sponsorship opportunities to local businesses and individuals. Each sponsor receives free admission, complimentary drinks vouchers, collectors glasses, barrel posters, a tasting notes advert, and a mention here on the website. Packages start from £35 and will be offered on a first come first served basis. Please click on the link below to download a sponsorship form (PDF) which contains the full details.

Barwick Beer Fesival – 2012 Sponsorship Opportunities

Race Night a huge sucess!

A great night was had by all

Thank you to everyone who attended the race night at the Black Swan recently. A great time was had by all and we are already being asked if we will be holding another Race Night next year! Perhaps more importantly, thanks to the generosity of all those that attended and/or sponsored a horse, we raised over £350 for Maypole Trust Funds.

Race Night Runners!

Don’t forget our Race Night is on Saturday 31st March at the Black Swan in Barwick at 7.30PM. Tickets are not required and admission is free (just turn up!).

How it works

A few people have been in touch to let us know that they have never been to a race night, and don’t know how it works… if this is you, don’t worry, as everything will be explained when you get there. Whilst it may seem a little complicated, it really isn’t… but in the meantime, here’s a brief explanation:-

Simply choose a race, select your horse and decide the amount you want to bet!

1. We will be running 9 races in total, and there are 8 horses in each race.
2. You can place a bet on any horse in any race (or multiple horses in multiple races).
3. If your horse wins, you claim your share of the winnings.
4. The more people that place bets (and the higher the value of each bet)… the higher the winning payouts.
5. We will take the winning horses from the previous 8 races to create the 9th race (an ‘auction’ race).
6. All 8 horses are offered up for auction… the person who bids the most, becomes the horse’s new owner.
7. The new owner of the winning horse in race 9 takes ALL of the winnings!

All of the races take place on video screens, so everyone can watch and cheer on their favoured horse … and as well as the racing, we will also be holding a raffle, prizes for the best dressed race couple, and offering ‘Sausage & Mash’ to race-goers for just 99p!

Horse Sponsors

As part of our fundraising we have been looking for sponsors for each horse. Each sponsor paid £3 to become the owner of a horse. If their horse wins the race, they will receive a bottle of bubbly, and an owners race cap! Thanks to the generosity of the local community, all 64 horse have now been sponsored. For added excitement, sponsors are of course free to bid on any horse (including their own) in any of the first 8 races.

List of Runners

We are delighted to bring you a full list of runners (and owners) below. Thanks again to everyone who sponsored a horse!

Race 1
1. Silly Billy – Neil Stagg
2. Hi Ho Silver – Dan Hampshire
3. You Bet – Mary Vipond
4. Aussie White – Barry Vipond
5. The Magician – Mark Edwards
6. Reet Petite – Katy Horkan
7. Sweet Sixteen – Nigel Rostron
8. Wonkey Donkey – Ian Quarmby

Race 2
1. Red Rum – Colin
2. Juicy Lucy – Pam
3. Ten Bellies – Brigida
4. Scally Wag – Geoff
5. Bizzy Lizzy – Stacey
6. The Drunk One – Helen
7. Bend Over – Steve
8. Bursting to Go – Andy

Race 3
1. Tikka Masala – Lucie Glover
2. Init2winit – Mark Newby
3. Teachers Pet – Lou Ward
4. More More More – Georgia Ward
5. Skint Again – Tom Croft
6. Mines a Pint – Rob Bradley
7. Golden Balls – Charlotte Moss
8. Mr Wonderful – Rob Bradley

Race 4
1. Quick Flash – Nigel Rostron
2. Donkey – Daniel Leadbeater
3. Lucky – Mark Whelan
4. Colour Blind – Clive
5. Speeding Fine – Nick Swales
6. Super Stud – Jamie Swales
7. Topless Dancer – Ben Sherrard
8. Tax Evader – Mark Pennells

Race 5
1. Puss in Boots – Claire Strafford
2. Woody & Buzz – Neil Stagg
3. Darts & Dominos – Dan Hampshire
4. Cops n Robbers – Ian Ashworth
5. Flash Harry – Clive
6. Everybody Out – Alan Crabtree
7. Run out of Juice – Georgia
8. Dick & Dom – John Beaumont

Race 6
1. Constipated – Oliver Tumilty
2. Ant & Dec – Lucy Tumilty
3. Top Cat – Emma Thompson
4. Chocaholic – Gary Thompson
5. Snailpace – Craig Tumilty
6. Angel Delight – Daisy Tumilty
7. Short Measure – George Thompson
8. Startime – William Thompson

Race 7
1. Loser – Dan Gire
2. Under Par – Julie Fergusson
3. Silver Streak – Albert Fergusson
4. I will if you will – Jean Fergusson
5. Ugly Chops – Dan Gire
6. Miss World – Auntie Izabela
7. Underpaid – Paul Fergusson
8. Mr Ed – Kath Bullock

Race 8
1. I’m The Boss – Lisa Haigh
2. It’s In The Net – Daz Appleyard
3. The Two Nuns – Sally Hardy
4. Strike It Lucky – Lee Haigh
5. Me Giro’s Late – Den
6. Sure Thing – Richard
7. Never Lost Yet – Mo
8. Without A Doubt – Diane Fasihi

Race 9
An auction race… horses will be offered to the highest bidder on the night!

Remember, the more people that turn up, the more bets that are placed, and the higher value of each bet, the more there is to be won! We do hope you will come along and support this event… and who knows? you could end up leaving with more cash than you arrived with!

New committee elected

We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported us at this morning’s highly successful ‘Christmas Coffee Morning’. We’re still counting the pennies, but first estimates suggest that a good few hundreds of pounds were raised for the Maypole Trust. If you were unable to make it, you can view some photos of the event in our photo gallery.

The coffee morning was followed by the Maypole Trust Committee’s Triennial General Meeting (TGM) where the residents of the village had the opportunity to elect the Maypole Committee for the next 3 years. Maypole Trust Chairman (Nigel Trotter) gave a speech explaining the election process, announcing retiring members, and also new candidates looking to join the committee. The floor was opened up for questions and comments, but none were forthcoming.

Upon asking those in attendance whether they would like the outgoing committee members to carry on their work, Nigel was met with a loud and unanimous ‘yes’ from the floor. As such, we can now formally announce the 2011-2014 committee:-

The following members will continue to be on the committee and their roles agreed at the next committee meeting:-

Nigel Trotter
Mark Vipond
Michelle Vipond
Jane Neale
John Fergusson
Lucie Glover
David Moss

Two new nominees were put forward and were unanimously elected. We would like to welcome aboard:-

Josie Ford
Karl Whitehead

The following members have retired from the committee, but may continue to support the Maypole Trust in other ways. We would like to thank them for their hard work and support over the years:-

Richard Hampshire (Richard has agreed to continue organising the Barwick Beer Festival)
Denis Scott (Denis’s tasks will be split amongst the committee)
Frances Smith (Frances will still be helping in an advisory role, and with occasional Maypole tasks such as leaflet distribution)
Barry Vipond (Barry’s previous tasks will be overseen by David Moss)

If you were unable to attend the TGM, and would like to join the committee, it is possible to become a co-opted member. To do so, you will need to be nominated by a current committee member and the nomination approved by the remaining committee members. We also welcome volunteers who are willing to offer help without needing to attend committee meetings.

Christmas coffee morning

Saturday 3rd December at 10AM at Barwick Village Hall

We’re having a coffee morning and you’re invited!

Teas & coffees with FREE re-fills
Home-made mince pies, cakes & scones
Home-made cake stall
DVDs and 2012 calendars available for sale
2011 Maypole Festival photos

Why not join us for a tea or coffee and a delicious mince pie, scone, or slice of home-made cake? Meet your fellow villagers, chat with the Maypole committee and take a look back at this year’s Maypole Festival… all this for just £1 (all proceeds go t0 the Barwick Maypole Trust). Please note, cakes, scones and mince pies are available on a first come first served basis!

Calling budding bakers and expert sponge makers!

We’ll be having a home-made cake stall, and are looking for contributors! Whether it’s boozy fruit cake, fairy cakes made by your kids, a Victoria sponge, or a full-on patisserie masterpiece… all donations are very welcome! (bonus points will go to any Maypole themed cakes). If you would like to do your bit to support the event, simply bring your cake with you on the day!


We’ll be holding a charity raffle, offering you a chance to win a selection of prizes, including a painting by a local artist, Maypole DVDs, 2012 calendars and more! Donations for raffle prizes are also very welcome (again, if you would like to donate anything simply bring this with you on the day).

DVDs  and 2012 calendars

Our highly popular DVD and limited edition 2012 calendars will be on sale on the day. These are selling fast, and we expect them to be sold out long before Christmas. Attending the coffee morning is a good way of ensuring you don’t miss out!

Triennial General Meeting

The coffee morning will be followed by the Maypole Trust Committee’s Triennial General Meeting. The main purpose of this meeting is to elect committee members responsible for organising the next maypole lowering and raising (each committee member serves a three year period and has to stand again for re-election at the TGM). As with previous years, this will be your opportunity to vote for your committee.

Join us at the Village Hall

39 Chapel Lane
Barwick in Elmet
LS15 4EL

Pre-order our brand new DVD!

104 minutes of maypole merriment for just £10

The Barwick Maypole Trust (in association with the Barwick Historical Society) is delighted to announce a new DVD for 2011. ‘Ancient & Modern’ documents the triennial Barwick-in-Elmet maypole festival, and compares the old and new techniques for lowering and raising the village’s famous 86 foot pole. As well as footage from various festivals over the years, it features interviews with the committee Chairmen (past and present) and also this year’s daring pole climber Chris Brown.

The DVD will be officially launched at the 2011 festival, and will go on sale for just £10. Alternatively you can pre-order a copy now for delivery to your home for just £10 + £1.50 P&P.
Click here to pe-order your copy!


Barwick Beer Festival

The next Barwick Beer Festival is on Saturday 17th October 2015.
Please click here for more details.

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