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Programme of events

From mid-morning, the crowd and competitors gather at the George Inn. There is free car parking in a field close to the village centre. Please follow the signs and look out for our stewards who will direct you.

The George Inn will be open and serving both food (bacon butties from 10am, BBQ from 11am) and drinks. Grab a beverage and await the crescendo of activity leading up to the procession through the village.

Worm HQ is open from 10am for early registrations for the Wormcharming competition. This year, Worm HQ is moving from from its traditional location in the village bus shelter (pictured above) to outside the George Inn. All teams entering the Wormcharming competition must register before the 12 noon deadline. There are separate categories for adults and under 11's and entry is just £5 per team of 3 - including a free programme. Competitors be warned - anyone arriving with a fluid of any description to use in the wormcharming competition will be invited by the International Judges to sample some of it themselves. This is done to ensure that no-one is using irritants of any description.

For non-competitors, the Wormcharming programme will also be available to purchase for just £1 from Worm HQ, The George Inn and from a number of our team around the village.

This year's fancy dress theme is “70 years of the National Health Service”. Whether you're entering a team in this year's event or simply spectating, we encourage you to celebrate in the ancient and traditional Wormcharming manner of dressing up in a silly costume appropriate to our theme. Cue visions of Sid James and Barbara Windsor, surgeon's masks, stethoscopes and people in pyjamas. The fancy dress competition is free to enter and there will be prizes for the best themed outfits.

Team names, again based on our theme, have always been inventive and once again a prize will be awarded for best team name.

The ringing of the Blackawton church bells at 11.30am summons teams to register last-minute entries before the midday deadline and for teams and spectators alike to gather at The George Inn, where the Wormmaster and other Wormcharming officials invite everyone to 'Toast the Worm' with their drinks before the procession sets off for the secret field - lead by village musicians.

On arrival at the secret field our fancy dress judge will be looking for the winner as the teams jossle to find their Wormcharming plot and prepare for the competition itself. You can find more details on the competition itself on our "Wormcharming competition" page.

After the competition, awards are made for the winning team name, best fancy dress and to the winners of the Wormcharming competition itself. Then a fun dog show gets underway in the secret field. Classes this year are: fancy dress dog (celebrating 70 years of the NHS), partnership between dog and handler, joyful dog, beautiful eyes, wonderful ears, excellent coat, waggiest tail, 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.

Also, in the secret field, Emma will be offering donkey rides for the children and a converted horse box (the Tipple Trailer) will be on hand to sell beverages to the needy.

The George Inn is hosting a Beer Festival and a full afternoon of live music from 1.45pm. The full programme will be posted here as soon as it's been finalised . Food will be available throughout the day. At 7pm (by which time it is expected that customers will have consumed sufficient to not care how much they bid) the pub will host an auction of select lots. This is always a big fund-raiser for our chosen charities and we urge you to empty your wallets at this event. Live music will resume at the George Inn after the auction.

The Wormcharming 5-a-side football competition is scheduled to get underway at around 3pm in the village park. If you enjoy playing football please come and join in. Ability, age and gender is immaterial. Enter a complete team or as an individual we'll find a place for you in one of the mixed teams. It's just a bit of fun. But beware: the rules are as interpreted by the referee!!!

Children have free entry to a worm fact finding competition. Entry forms are available from Worm HQ and programme sellers. The winner will receive a worm farm.

The Wormcharmer café will be operating at the Village Hall starting at 10am serving tea, coffee, sausage rolls and soup and will be open until at least the end of the dog show. The Playing Fields Association will be running the café and will also be providing free squash and a craft table for the kids. The WI will also be selling cakes from a stall in the hall.

Food, drink and other provisions will also be available from the community shop adjacent to the village hall.

Throughout the day, there will be stalls & street traders and other distractions throughout the village.

Timetable for the day

10.00am Worm HQ (outside the George Inn) opens for Wormcharming competition team registration.
11.30am Ringing of the Blackawton church bells.
12.00 noon Deadline for Wormcharming competition entry forms to be handed in to Worm HQ.
The International Judges invite teams to sample their charming substances!!
12.30 Announcement of team names & plots.
13.00 Toast to the Worm on the music festival stage.
13.15 Parade to the Secret Field led by village musicians. .
13.30 Start of International Festival of Wormcharming competition.
Fancy dress competition winners are selected before/during the competition.
13.50 Awards presented for the winning team name, best fancy dress and to the winners of the Wormcharming competition.
After medals ceremony (approx 14.00)
Dog show in the Secret Field.
13.45-18.45 Live music and alfresco food at The George Inn with Beer festival throughout the weekend.
14.30 5-a-side football registration opens in the village park.
15.00 (or thereabouts) 5-a-side football competition in the village park.
19.00 Auction at The George Inn .
after the auction. Live music resumes at The George Inn .

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