A full day of entertainment kept the youngsters of Shipston busy during this year’s Xfest.
It was a sunny day for the event when Katie Corby of Shipston Youth Club hosted the fun activities for the local kids, including zip wire and live music on stage.
The club were supported at the event on Saturday, July 11, by Pastor Daniel Pulham and his Stour Valley Baptist Church youth workers - Luke, Will, Ester and Kevin - and the Shipston Rotary Club on logistics and registration duties.
Entertainment for the kids included a bouncy castle, a cave in the shape of crawl-through corridors, Zorb balls, a Zip wire and a climbing wall and a laser quest game area.
There was a local police car on display available for the kids to explore, with questions being answered by PCSO Emma Turner. Emma works for the Safer Neibourhood Team, specifically at crime prevention and she was helping with security marking of bikes and scooters.
Shipston First Responders, Tony and Stewart, demonstrated the life-saving equipment and letting children have a go on the respiration dummies. They had their responders vehicle on hand so the kids could see what is carried to emergencies.
Other activities for children included face painting, the opportunity with HireaGraffitArtist.co.uk - Rob and Matt - to create their own unique t-shirts.
Food was provided via the burger/hot dog stand, Taste of the Country and the youth club tea bar for hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Odin Events operated the Zorb balls, with three navigating around a course at a time, and Xtreme Adventure the Zip Wire with two going at once, and both had queues of kids ready for a go.
The Shipston Youth Club is very popular with nearly 250 kids between 11 and 16, although some stay until 18, from the local area attending. The Stour Valley Baptist Church also uses the Youth Club facilities for its services, and has been in operation for over 16 years.
There were a couple of local business stands including The Attic (Upstairs at M21) with ladies vintage boutique, The Dressing Room, and British handmade and vintage goods Jimmy’s – James Corby.
The Shipston Neighborhood Plan team - Ed and Paul - were also available to explain some of the upcoming changes, as well as the past history, as they wanted to find out from local residents what they wanted to change or had issues with.
On the stage was an excellent display from the Young Dancers group from the Shipston Youth Club and then two acts from Shipston High School.
First up was the Shipston Proms Fame Contest winner, Toby Coffey, who had wowed the Proms Last Night audience in the main square the previous Saturday. Toby sang several songs including When I was Your Man by Bruno Mars. This went down well with the crowd in front of the stage along with school friends.
This was followed by Battered Soul, formed in 2012 by the head of music at Shipston High School David Hunt, as a school music project, but has become so successful that the parents have now taken over the management of the group. It still occasionally includes David on trumpet.
Sadly after a minor bicycle accident the band were without their keyboardist Will Packer, but with the trumpets of David Hunt and Abel Wilson, still put on a great show with their set including Mustang Alley and Stevie Wonder’s Superstition.