Bonkers for Conkers at Langham Brewery’s Lodsworth competition

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PLAYERS turned out in force for the biggest ever conker competition at Lodsworth’s Langham Brewery.

The eighth annual contest was played to world championships rules and umpires (Spike Leggatt, Adrian Morris, Ben Foulkes and James Berrow) ensured fair play.

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They were ably assisted by ‘Conker Lady’, Katie Hart who supplied the players with their pre-strung conkers selected from large brown envelopes to ensure fair play.

After hotly contested rounds, the 2015 Senior Champion and winner of the coveted Langham Cup was complete conker novice, Amanda Lines, of Haslemere. Her keen eye and cool hand vanquished the seasoned professional, “Nutcracker”, Maurie Stares from Boarhunt.

The Junior Plate was fiercely contested by young Lodsworth villagers Sam Mearns and Chloe Yates with Sam Mearns eventually declared winner.

The contest raised £400 towards The Chestnut Tree House Hospice, which cares for children with progressive life-shortening conditions.

Crowds were entertained by Stanislauski’s Polka Band, who had composed a song in honour of the occasion.

Aurele O’Malley, local author, signed copies of her latest book and in the brewery there was range of local craft stalls.

Outside Alan Barsby and Peter Hawkins offered miniature steam engine rides and Heather Stevens and Sarah Lewis were busy face painting.

Richline Farm Shop, of Cocking, provided a spit roast lamb and home-grown burgers and sausages which was washed down with Langham’s award winning cask conditioned ales.

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