Bonkers for Conkers at Langham Brewery championships

The annual 'Bonkers for Conkers' match takes place at the Langham Brewery in Lodsworth, nr Petworth, West Sussex.'Picture - Tyler Harding-Grimshaw, 16yrs from Lodsworth (left) and Toby Moore, 21yrs, from Rustington.
The annual 'Bonkers for Conkers' match takes place at the Langham Brewery in Lodsworth, nr Petworth, West Sussex.'Picture - Tyler Harding-Grimshaw, 16yrs from Lodsworth (left) and Toby Moore, 21yrs, from Rustington.

CROWDS congregated to catch the annual Bonkers for Conkers competition in Lodsworth.

Langham Brewery welcomed more than 400 visitors, many of whom were looking to conquer all challengers.

As well as the competition, there was also a wide range of stalls, numerous musicians and plenty of refreshments, all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Lodsworth village.

Lesley Foulkes, of Langham Brewery, said: “It was fabulous, and there was so much going on. There were more people than we’ve ever had before.

“I have never seen conkers played so fiercely. It was a shame that somebody had to lose.”

The winner of the senior’s competition was Paul Phillips, who triumphed against Nigel Turner in the final.

Philippa Balcombe won the junior’s competition, with Jake Sadler the runner up.

There had been a number of worries in the run up to the competition, not least of which was a lack of conkers this year.

This had been partly due to weather conditions, but also a fungus which had affected large numbers of horse chestnut trees throughout the country.

Fortunately after an appeal Lesley said they were inundated with bags of conkers.