Capel Funday 2017

Wow, how lucky were we? After watching the weather forecast change all week we were delighted to see the sun shine for us all afternoon !

So in came the crowds of people! We once again had lots of attractions on offer including Kidz Kartz, Zorb Balls, Train Rides, Donkey Rides and many independent stallholders. And new to this year was NR Exotics with their fabulous reptiles which proved very popular with the braver audience!

We welcomed back Tendring Dog Agility Group, Andy the Clown, Ipswich Hospital Community Choir, Ipswich Rock Choir, Zumba with Tess and CDC Street Dance who once again entertained everyone with their great displays!

Admission to Funday was as always free, with some of the costs being covered by local businesses sponsoring our event.

Many thanks go to our all our sponsors:

  • Main Sponsors: Bonfield Brothers, Require IT, T&L Banks and Upstix
  • Additional Sponsors: Capel Castles, Capel Beauty, Capel Mushroom Farm, Hadleigh Tyre Group, Ha’Penny Press, Sally’s Suffolk Dogs and Starling IT Services.

Regular Stall holders included Womens Institute, St Elizabeths Hospice, Capel Ladies, Capel Methodist Church, Capel Library and Orchard Players who we thank for their continued support!

As always, we are really grateful to the many volunteers who give their time to assist. Their help made such a difference to the smooth running of the whole event and makes it possible for it to actually go ahead!

So, I would like to say Thank you to all of them!

These were: Carolyn Love, Alan Marshall, Allen Harris Jr, Fiona Robinson, Marco Seymour, Leigh Banks, Elle Hudson-Smith, Ben Ward, Bruce Connelly, Danny Balls and Naomi Kilby.

Association & Trust Committee Members: Trevor Banks, John Webb, Allen Harris, Duncan Knight, Ian Love, Iain Bramhill, Mark Browning, Sandra Bumphrey, Mandy Marshall, Julie Gentry, Stuart Harris, Richard Morgan and Dave Busby.

If I have forgotten anyone, I do apologise!

We were very lucky to have a lot of Raffle prizes donated by many businesses in the local area! A list of all the Raffle prize winners can be found on our website

I must say a big thank you to Jon Bunkell, who did an absolutely amazing job producing this years programme. I hope everyone got to see a copy, it had so much in it including sponsors, advertisers, a map of the event, future events and a list of raffle prizes.

A final thank you goes out to everyone who turned out to make the day such a success.

Myself, Jon Bunkell and Ruth Rawthorn have already had lots of messages saying what a great day people had, this does make it worthwhile so we look forward to seeing you next year!

The total raised from this years event was in excess of £2500 and has been handed over to Capel Community Trust which is responsible for the upkeep of certain amenities such as the playing field, play areas and the Village Hall complex. Without fund raising efforts like this and from Capel Community Association, these costs would need to be met by other means. Almost certainly this would result in an increase in your Parish Council Tax. In addition to this amount, the bar run by the Community Association generated a turnover of £1700 which is a significant increase over last year.

So thank you very much for supporting us!

Funday next year will be on Saturday 9th June 2018.

We’re always looking for help so if you would like to join the committee, have any ideas about what you would like to see, can help on the day or have any feedback then please e-mail:

If you took any photos on the day that you’re happy to share, please email them to the address above or post them on our Facebook Page “Capel Funday” where you will find a selection on there already.

Thank you

Tracy Chappell

Funday Committee