The Hanging Basket and Planter competition

This is a competition for all Evertonians! Your challenge is to create a colourful and dramatic hanging basket or planter which will be judged by Simon Collyer of Everton Nurseries. The entries will be judged in situ during the week of July 9th.There will be a first prize for each category. 

Application forms are available from the Post Office or Everton Nurseries and must be completed and returned by 10th June (opening day of festival).

 Our Village Festival

If you wander the lanes of Everton on an evening in a very special week in June you’ll find that music will be drifting on the Summer air. Violins will be tuned, guitars strummed. Folk will  be gathering, impatient for entry, into a soiree or a workshop and you may hear the chink of china as cream teas are served at a Garden Party and music entertains. Local Villagers, Artists and craftsmen will be chatting and smiling quietly as they unload their fine work ready for display. There are competitions, art and photography which local schools have claimed enthusiastically, all  judged by local award winners.

The music will range from a genteel evening with a classical twist to good old rock'n'roll to a rumbustious finale with a brilliant swing band. There will be various genres of music and a few things we can't put a label on but we hope we've got something for everyone. There are workshops on writing, getting creative with textiles and you can even learn how to play a Ukulele!

This is the Everton Village Festival and it is unique, it’s compact, a hidden treasure that like the Village itself is hidden away and yet manages to fill a niche. During this one week in June the whole Village comes together to celebrate the wealth of local talent and expertise. And have fun!The bar is set high as the Festival showcases the varied forms of the Arts and yet many events are free and where entry is charged for, it is always reasonable due to the generous subsidies given by the Everton Community Association. 

See you there!

Our thanks to the following for their generous help and support :                    Gary Parsons (lorry trailer); Steve West (folk night); Les Wigmore (sorting out the Rec for us); the Bannermen (Stewart and his team from The Grange, Brian, Alan, Mike and Jerry.) The Everton WI (for baking cakes, making teas and serving them); Hilary and Chris Knox(for the use of their garden and kitchen at the Cream Tea event);; Judy Pearce and Ken( Bar management),Gillian Peard ( Songs of Praise) Vanessa (beer tent) all the ladies in the \village who bake cakes for our refreshments. Lizzie Kempe for the Buffets! 

Hordle Parish Council and The Pavilion Association( for allowing us to use the Pavilion and the Rec for free);Everton Community Association (for bank rolling us);Everton & Lymore Social Club (for allowing us to use their facilities);

                                                                                                                                                          Whose idea was it anyway ....?

Some would call the birth and growth of the Everton Village Festival a ‘roller coaster’ ride, a ‘steep learning curve’ and looking back over the last few years most of us on the Committee would certainly have to agree! Five years ago, the idea that Everton should have a Festival of its own was born, and so a small band of enthusiastic Villagers formed a plan.  They knew what they wanted to do, to put on a wide variety of music and art and entertainment for a whole week during the Summer. Everyone could come and have fun and enjoy taking part in whatever way they wanted to. Local artists and musicians, and crafts people could come together and display and entertain.Over the years the Festival has changed a little and grown quite a bit, but that ethos remains the same. There are Festival favourites, events that are sold out in days, grey days and blue sky days, but there is always plenty to enjoy. And it’s still evolving, in 2016 Everton Nurseries came on board and offered the use of their covered space and everyone was amazed and wowed by the amazing acoustics. The following years are no different. We look forward to welcoming you to our Village!

Most of our funding comes from the sale of raffle tickets. So please support us as generously as you can. .. all for a good cause and with excellent prizes.

Our Sponsors

We are indebted to Everton Hyundai, Purewell Electrics in Christchurch and Everton Nurseries who are our principal sponsors.

Also to the following for their support;

The Mill at Gordleton for their raffle prize of lunch or dinner for 2 (Mon-Fri)

Forest Lodge vets for donation of £50

And we can't forget to say thanks to Carole and Barrie Morgan (Everton Stores) for their continued support  and also for allowing us the use of their premises to sell raffle and event tickets.

Also a special thanks to Everton & Lymore Social Club who not only support the festival by providing the venue for a number of events but also allow us to hold our committee meetings in the comfort of their lounge bar!

The Festival Committee

Main organiser and whip-cracker Cheryl

Sponsorship & stuff Stewart and Music and stuff Steve

Mike the Rafflemeister!

Treasurer Bob wondering how we're gonna pay for all this

Roger who is chairman of everything but especially Everton Club. Pictured here with wife Angie and Barbara who is  the Committee member in charge of enthusiasm.

Pauline, our "arty" person....

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