Fierce competition at Langham’s annual conker contest

DM16147986a.jpg. Bonkers for Conkers competition at Langham Brewery, Lodsworth. Amelia Guppy 9. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160910-181622008
DM16147986a.jpg. Bonkers for Conkers competition at Langham Brewery, Lodsworth. Amelia Guppy 9. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160910-181622008

There was fierce competition at the 9th annual Bonkers for Conkers competition at Lodsworth’s Langham Brewery.

And the contest raised more than £500 - the brewery’s biggest ever sum raised by the conker championships for The Chestnut Tree House Hospice which cares for children with progressive life-shortening conditions.

DM16147961a.jpg. Bonkers for Conkers competition at Langham Brewery, Lodsworth. Mark Penfold and Katie Marriott. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160910-181557008

DM16147961a.jpg. Bonkers for Conkers competition at Langham Brewery, Lodsworth. Mark Penfold and Katie Marriott. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160910-181557008

Organiser and co-director of the brewery Lesely Foulkes said: “The competition is played according to strict World Championship rules, and for those not quite so fearless hard hats, goggles and gauntlets are provided!

“Braving yet another year, the same team of fair and fearless umpires -Spike, Adrian, Ben and James - ensured fair play. This year they were ably assisted by Matthew in charge of restringing conkers and ‘Conker Lady’, Katie Hart who supplied the players with their pre-strung conker, which they had to select from large brown envelopes. So no cheating! The event was compered by Simon Goodale, who kept order amongst the competitors eager to take their turn.”

After several hotly contested rounds, the 2016 senior champion and winner of the coveted Langham Cup was Katie Marriot, reclaiming the cup for the second time. Runner up was Helen Yates. The junior plate was fiercely contested, but finally went to Freya Leggatt, with Noah Guppy the runner up.

There was a range of craft stalls, including Mike Noble and his handmade chocolates, Michael Gates demonstrated the tradition of Corn Dollies. Outside the brewery, Alan Barsby offered miniature steam engine rides and Heather Stevens and Sarah Lewis, created face painting designs.

DM16147993a.jpg. Bonkers for Conkers competition at Langham Brewery, Lodsworth. Tim Kent, left, and Barry Levy. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160910-181635008

DM16147993a.jpg. Bonkers for Conkers competition at Langham Brewery, Lodsworth. Tim Kent, left, and Barry Levy. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160910-181635008

“And not forgetting Richline Farm Shop of Cocking, and their homegrown hog roasts, all washed down with an excellent pint or few of tasty Langham award winning cask conditioned ales,” added Lesley.

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DM16148051a.jpg. Bonkers for Conkers competition at Langham Brewery, Lodsworth. Harrison Capes 9. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160910-181453008

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DM16148017a.jpg. Bonkers for Conkers competition at Langham Brewery, Lodsworth. Emma Napier-Bell, left, and Chloe Napier Bell. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160910-181440008

DM16148017a.jpg. Bonkers for Conkers competition at Langham Brewery, Lodsworth. Emma Napier-Bell, left, and Chloe Napier Bell. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-160910-181440008