Village News

Village Games a big success

After three days of rain, the sun shone all day on Sunday (July 23) for the Village Games.

The use of Manor Cottage Field was again provided by Graham and Mary Jinks, and had been cut and baled by farmer Robin Berryman. Nick Townsend and his organising team from the village hall committee prepared the ground for the annual event, and villagers and holidaymakers enrolled for the various sports and games from 1pm. Battle commenced at 1.30 and continued until gone 6.30.

Rounders, single wicket cricket and walking rugby were all enthusiastically contested, before races and tug of war for children and adults had the family supporters cheering their heads off. 

The first edition of this special day in the village calendar had been a cricket match between teams representing households north and south of the village stream. This year's match was again keenly fought and Nick Townsend's South team made it 3-2 in the series when they beat Ken Luscombe's North side with two overs to spare.

A barbecue (run by Blethyn Griffiths and Christopher Watkins), bar, teas and ice cream provided refreshment throughout the afternoon.

The winner of the Penwill Cup for the best all-round performances by a child was four-year-old David Berryman, grandson of Anne Berryman, the chairman of the village hall committee. The cup is named after Jim Penwill, who left South Milton when he was 15 and is now 94 and living in Western Australia, but still looks upon the village with great affection.

David Berryman receives the Penwill Cup from Owen Masters, another born and bred South Miltonian who is president of the village hall. Looking on are Anne Berryman and games chief organiser Nick Townsend.

Pictures courtesy of Eve Gilkes, Ivy Yeabsley, Ann Collyer and Graham Collyer

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