They are all bonkers for conkers down in Lodsworth

Eyes on the conker. Expert conker player Katie Marriott.14LAOCT12c-2 PPP-141210-153336006
Eyes on the conker. Expert conker player Katie Marriott.14LAOCT12c-2 PPP-141210-153336006

AS CONKER experts battled it out at the world championships in Nottingham, more than 70 competitors turned out for the seventh Bonkers For Conkers championships held at Langham Brewery in Lodsworth.

As well as a fun family day with mini steam train rides, face-painting and cake-decorating to entertain, there was a serious side to the competition, with world conker rules strictly governing the contest and judges closely watching each match.

Despite the weather, it was a record-breaker, raising nearly £300 for the brewery’s chosen charity, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice near Arundel.

“Young and old battled it out to see who would win the coveted Langham Cup for seniors and Langham Shield for juniors,” said Lesley Foulkes, spokesman for Langham Brewery.

“Last year’s champions Katie Marriott (senior) and Oliver O’Regan returned to take on the new junior hopefuls.

“The standard was again extremely high and the senior champion this year was Barry Levy from Hindhead, who in a fierce battle conkered the valiant Adam Ransom, from Haslemere. The junior winner was Lodsworthian Noah Guppy, who fought off last year’s junior winner in a nail-biting final.”

Chief umpire was Rufus Warner, with Adrian Morris, James Berrow and last year’s newcomer, Ben Foulkes.