Community Events (including Party in the Park and other social events)


Party in the Park 2018


Here are the RESULTS of the Hatfield Peverel in Bloom competition

Report of the event by Emma Cook (Chairman PIP)

Fun in the sun perfectly sums up this year’s Party in the Park. On yet another glorious July Saturday we held our 7th annual Party in the Park. Kindly opened by Ian Twinley, we followed with Rebecca Demetriou, one of our Talent Show winners from last year. Essex Horns took to the stage, followed by a powerful display by KL Aerial, and then music from Blackwater. The fantastic Hotsteps dancers held us spellbound with their new moves, shortly followed by Blazin’ Aces. Dr Zero and the Hotheads were a new band this year, followed by another new band, the headlining act Bootsy.

In the hall were local acts from VocalBox, and throughout the day we were supported as ever by our very own committee member Mark Weale as DJ. Although it was the football quarter final, we still had a huge turnout from our villagers, some of whom were watching the match on their devices in the audience. The win made a happy day even happier, and a good time was had by all with very few problems. Our sound guys were excellent, and made a big difference to those of us working behind the scenes. We’ve had great feedback from some of our lovely community for which we thank you, it’s not the reason we do what we do, but it sure is lovely to feel appreciated. We finished earlier than last year, however this led to a fabulous, family-friendly atmosphere all the way to the end. To be repeated. 

There are many other people to thank, forgive me if I have omitted names: Adrian Coombs, Beatrice Davidson, Charley Dervish, Peter Endersby, Pauline Parker, Diane Wallace, Teresa Weale (our full time, award-winning, committee members), also Ian Jordan, Kevin Gallifant, Lara Gross, Allan Benfield and Sandra Wiseman and the rest of the Village Hall, the EMC club, stall holders, food outlets, Essex amusements, all our fantastic acts and all others who gave up their time for free on the day or during the year. A big shout-out to our sponsors: the Parish Council, Cognitran, Curvature, Environtec, Essex Dog Day, Little Bears Nursery, Paul Mason and Six Consulting, plus those that took out adverts in our programme and gave prizes for the raffle. It takes a lot of money and even more man hours of effort to run this event and we can always find jobs for willing volunteers. If you’d like to be involved and shape the event for next year, please get in touch on our Facebook page – Hatfield Peverel Party in the Park, or email

Thank you to Jack for his special painting of the cover of the Party in the Park programme



Hatty Pev’s Got Talent 2017


This is the first time we have held this event, and I must say WOW! Hatfield Peverel has got real Talentl


I was blown away by the talent and the support from our village with the variety of entertainers including tap dancers, singers, group dancers, hula hooper and harmonica, keyboard and guitar.  A real and good selection of talent.


And, wow! Did the judges have a hard job to decide but they finally made a decision on the acts going through to the next round which are.


Christina, Hot Steps, Rebecca H, William, Fraya and Rebecca D


Also, we had a golden ticket award presented to Davinia who goes straight through to perform on stage at Party in the Park.  Davina was fantastic and very different with the hula hoops and harmonica.


Next round is at the Wheatsheaf Beer Festival on 28th May.  Hope to see you all there to support the acts.


We still need volunteers to join the Committee.  Please contact me on 01245 381726 or e mail


Many thanks for your support.


Mark Weale




Report of the Pram Race 2017 from the Community Events Team


What a great day we had!!  Good turn out from the community and great fun for all.


This was the second time we have held the pram race since the Eighty’s, and I think it still has an appeal.  There were four teams including Super Heroes, Cool Running, Great Escape, and the Children’s Nursery from the village hall.


Four laps round the rec (three for the ladies’)!  It was a great race and supporters helped the competitors by cheering them on and soaking them with water pistols and wet sponges.  It was a close fought race but the winners where again Super Heroes.  Close in second place was the Cool Running team.


I have to say the event was good fun, and next year we may be include wheel barrows and custom built carriages as it is apparent prams are hard to come by now.  Note that there will be photo's of the event on the photo album page on the left.


For more information please look at the Community Events Face Book page, Community Hub or the Parish Council web site.



Christmas in the Park Report

Christmas in the Park on Sunday the 11th December was another well attended enjoyable event for the community with the Scottish piper, the Choirs leading the Carols, mulled wine and mince pies.  

The group would like to thank everyone who came along, and the following for their help and contribution to make it a great success for all ages:

John Upson for donation of the Christmas tree

David and Damon Wallace for erecting Christmas tree and lights

Paul Young Scottish Piper

Vic Olley for turning on tree lights (who sadly died the following week aged 90)

Father Stephen for opening prayer

Reverend Sue King for solo Carol ‘In the Bleak Mid-Winter’ and closing prayer

St Andrews Church Choir leading the Carols

Hadfelda Ladies Choir leading the Carols

Children for singing ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘Silent Night’ ‘Rocking around the Christmas Tree’ with Lara George

Adrian Coombs on guitar and Natasha Corringham singing ‘Hallelujah’

Community Association for donation of mulled wine and refreshments

Co op for donation of Mince Pies


Donations totalling £175 were received and distributed amongst the residents of the Almshouses for Christmas and also the Feoffees Charity.

The group have unfortunately had to postpone the Talent Contest from Friday 3rd February to Sunday 30th April the day of the 2017 Pram Race.  Watch out for further details in the next Review, Parish Council website, Facebook and Notice Boards.

Mark can be contacted on 01245 381726 or



‘Community Events Group’ this is the new name of the working party under the Parish Council as more events are now being organised in addition to the annual Party in the Park.

This year the group are donating from Party in the Park a cheque for £150.00 each to the Every Members Club, St Andrews Luncheon Club, and also the Feoffees Charity. Thank you to everyone who came along to make the event such a success again, and to enable these donations to be made back to the village.

With last year’s donation to the Luncheon Club, Belinda Hull, who is the Club Organiser, took members to the New Times Cavery in Tiptree using the Braintree Community Transport, and all felt they had a lovely day out. On receiving Belinda’s thank you letter, it made the whole group feel all the hard work even more worthwhile.

Christmas in the Park is now being planned for Sunday the 11th December starting at 3.30pm around the Christmas Tree, and then into the village hall for carols and entertainment with mulled wine and mince pies.

A date has now been set for the Talent Contest on Sunday 3oth April 2017 at the village hall. This is a new event, and further details will be given in the December issue of the Review, Community Hub Facebook, and also on the Parish Council website.

A date for the Pram Race next year has still to be arranged.

Note that Mark (the chairman) is always looking for volunteers to help out with these events. Contact him on 01245 381726 or


Note from Mark Weale Chairman of the PIP 2016

See photo album for pictures (courtesy of Dan Power and Diane Wallace)

Firstly, a big thank you to the Parish Council for again supporting Party in the Park, and would also like to thank the Events Committee under the Parish Council for their tireless work, brilliant ideas and commitment.  I am sure you will all agree that this year’s Party in the Park was the best ever! A very big thank you to everyone who entertained us on and off stage, and also to everyone for supporting the event including all our volunteers.

Wow. what a great day.

Currently we are working through the finances, and have got to say a huge thank you to all of you who made a donation towards next years event, and also for either having an advert in the Programme, raffle, running games or a stall this year.

The committee and volunteers would also like to thank those who cleared up their own rubbish which made it a lot easier when the event finished, and also on Sunday.

What's next? Well, we have four events on the calendar, Christmas Carols, Pram Race, Party in the Park 2017, and a new event.... wait for it, Hatfield Peverel has got Talent! This event will be run early next year, and the winner will be invited to appear on stage at Party in the Park! So, if you have a talent please let us know. We will go into more detail in the next Review, Party in the Park Facebook page and the Parish Council website.

Ok, 8th July 2017 will be the date for next year but watch out for the Christmas Carols and Hatfield Peverel has got Talent, and be prepared for the Pram race.

Finally, a very big thank you to the Tug of War teams.  The winners this year were the Wheatsheaf. Well done to them, and they retain the trophy for another year.

Mark Weale
Chairman of the Community Events Team


Note from Emma Cook  re the Great Hatty Pev Pram Race 2016

See photo album for pictures (courtesy of Dan Power and Diane Wallace)

11 years ago, as a Hatfield Peverel newbie, I was told about the Pram race by Liz Prior. That conversation planted a seed in my mind to resurrect it one day and it has been a constant with me ever since. This year that idea came to fruition with the help of the other great members of the Party in the Park Working Party.

The Great Hatty Pev Pram Race returned to Hatfield Peverel on Saturday 30th April, with teams of three using prams and wheelchairs to guide their way around the 6 lap course of the Recreation Ground. Locals galore turned out to cheer everyone on, and the kids got involved with the aid of buckets and sponges and water guns. Everyone was in fancy dress, nursery ladies in nappies, Environtec in hi-de-hi outfits and the eventual winners of the annual shield, Super Mario’s Heroes, who kindly donated their winnings to Environtec’s Charity for Mesothelioma. The Brownies and the Guides proffered tea and delicious home-made cakes and the photographic competition was underway in the Village Hall. Under 12s had opportunity to take part in real egg and spoon races, and also had a fun time on the bouncy castle. See photo album on the left hand side of the page for pictures of the event.

If you would like to take part next year in any way, as a team; marshalling or helping on the committee please let the committee know via our Facebook page – Party in the Park, or via email to Mark Weale at, any suggestions welcome.


 A celebration of Xmas held Sunday 13th December 2015 at the Village Hall.

See photo album for pictures.

On with the lights! Shining brightly on an otherwise rather cold and damp afternoon, on 13th December the Christmas tree lights outside the village hall were turned on by Vic Olley who, with a cheer or two from the onlookers, clicked the switch - and there was light! Father Stephen followed with a prayer and blessing, and onlookers moved swiftly into the warmth of the hall where mulled wine, mince pies, shortbread and pumpkin cake were served and carols sung. School children sang Away in a Manger and St Andrews Church and Hadfelda Ladies choir, and Springers got everyone into the festive spirit. The Party in the Park working group, with the support of the Parish Council, organised this happy occasion and would like to thank the following people for their help:

John Upson – Upsons Farm Shop

Angela Wagstaff – Allwag Promotions
Gary Driver – Civil and Groundwork Contractors
Brad Adams USS
David & Damon Wallace – DW Maintenance
St Andrews and Hadfelda Ladies Choir
The school children who sang Away in a Manger
Scottish Piper (name needed)
Lara George and Springers AODS  
Community Association and the bar staff
Parish Council
Everyone who donated mince pies, shortbread and pumpkin cake


Note from Mark Weale re summer PIP 2015 and future events

Hi all

Many thanks again to all the entertainers and stall holders who helped make the 2015 PIP event such a success, and a big thanks to everyone who came along to support the day and to enjoy themselves. Without you, we wouldn't be able to hold these type of events. Because of the enormous support we received, we will be presenting the EMC and St Andrews Church Luncheon Club with a cheque to help with all the hard work they do in providing special meals, outings and events I will include a piece on the presentation in the December edition of the Review. Ok, dates for your diary! Next year’s PIP event will be on 9th July. We already have some of the entertainers booked as well as some new ideas and features which will hopefully build on the success of what is now an annual event. The PIP working party have been asked to put on two other event’s for the community. The first one is a Christmas Carol service with mulled wine and mince pies at the Community Centre on Sunday 13th of December. A Christmas tree kindly donated by Upson Farm Shop will be installed in front of the Community Centre for the village to enjoy over the festive season, and for everyone to come along and sing Christmas Carols on the 13th

The second event which we are hoping to hold 1st May 2016, is the Hatfield Peverel Pram Race !!!!!

Yes, we would like to bring back this event which in the 60’s and 70’s was a world famous event for our village. Some of you may remember or have even taken part back then!

The working party will need a huge amount of help to hold this event both in the planning and on the day with marshalling etc. Please watch out for further details.

If you would like to join the Working Party to help out with any of these events, please get in touch via email or telephone or look out for me on Facebook or the Community Hub. We are a friendly bunch, and meet up once a month in the lounge bar of the Community Centre.

Thanks again for all your support, and a big thanks to all the Working Party members who give up their time to put on events for the village, and so brilliantly too!

Mark Weale

Chairman of the PIP Working Party Tel No 07860 305580.


Report from Mark re the 2015 PIP

Saturday 11th July 2015 PIP - Mark Weale (Chairman)

Well, it was the fourth Party in the Park event, and what a glorious day. The sun shone all day and it was very well attended.

We had some fabulous stalls and great entertainers.  The theme was Grease, and many thanks to the American Cars for being there which made it even more special, and to the Working Party for taking the time to dress up as they had more than enough to do!!

The afternoon kicked of with the Dunmow Wind Band, followed by a tug of war tournament which was won by the Wheatsheaf.  Well done lads.

The bands and singers included Half a Whopper with Ian Jordan, Lara George, Natasha Corringham, and the Cobwebs who kept us entertained, and to end the evening the popular band Loaded Dice.  Also, performing in the hall Hadfelda Ladies Choir and Naomi Cockrill.

There are so many people to thank for giving up there time for free.  I cannot name you all but thank you from the bottom of my heart for making it such a well organised and successful day to put on an event for the local community.

Hope you all enjoyed it and looking forward to next year.  Don't forget if you want to come and join the committee or just help out on the day then please contact me by email

Mark Weale
Party in Park Chairman 381726.





The following is a report of the 2014 event. To see the associated photos, please see the photo album link on the left hand side of this page, and click on the Party in the Park 2014 folder.

Note that on the 15th Sept.,  there was a presentation to the three beneficiaries of the PIP. They were the Brownies and Girl Guides, the St Andrew's Luncheon Club, and the Everyday Members Club. Each received a cheque for £300 from Mark Weale (next year's chairman). Photos of this ceremony are in the PIP 2014 folder. 


Six hours of sizzling sun - PiP 2014- Garry Cockrill, Chairman

Family fun, local stalls, live animals, live music, all day barbecue, Boot camps, Zumba, Rocket Men, crowd entertainers, candy floss, wine tasting, cocktails, face painting and a Church tent for quiet reflection! What more could we possibly have asked for the 2014 Party in the Park? For a while it seemed the cars would never stop coming as family after family pitched up with many with picnic at the ready.

Did I mention the Police cars complete with officers, fire engine plus crew and a climbing wall which resembled an ant hill for much of the day? Our thanks to the entertainers, services, and stall holders who provided entertainment, not forgetting the unflappable Girl Guides braving the heat of the barbecue who sold out of just about everything such was the constant demand for hot food on a hot day! Our thanks also to the village hall for hosting the indoor events, provided drinks all day and a place of refuge from the storm as darkness fell.

The excellent Essex singer Cassie opened the show followed by new girl Natasha Corrigan and old favourite Ian Jordan. Special thanks to Loaded Dice for ‘storming on to the stage’ despite the accompaniment of thunder and lightning as the heavens opened. Some ran for cover whilst others, including the entire St John Ambulance crew, danced in the rain and shouted for more.

We would like to thank everyone who attended, visited a stall or attraction or just listened to the music. You made it the biggest and best party we have hosted to date. Thanks also to our local neighbours for putting up with our noise until late in the evening. We would love to see you all next year - if not as a visitor then why not a volunteer or even a stall holder? It takes a small committee a whole year of planning to get this village day together so any help is much appreciated. It also takes a generous Parish Council to help fund what is becoming an ever growing event.

In the end it is always worth the effort. Those involved take pleasure in providing a fun day for all the family with an opportunity to showcase local clubs, businesses, attractions and live entertainers. It is also a great way to support some our nominated local charities who this year will receive three hundred pounds each as proceeds from the day.

If you would like to be involved next year in any capacity please contact Mark Weale to make your interest known.

Have a great summer and hope to see you all next year



The following is a report of the 2013 Party in the Park by the then chairman Tony French. For pictures of this event, see the photo album page on the left hand side. 


Party in the Park 2013

What a glorious day we had on Saturday 13th July for Party in the Park 2013. I had said that we had ordered wall to wall sunshine, and we certainly had that.

As the ropes went up for the auditorium , and the equipment and tents arrived, my nerves started to improve. Every body I spoke to said what a great function it was – hopefully, they were telling the truth.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody, who by taking part, made it a successful day – without an audience, it would not be much of a party, and listening to the shouts of “more, more” at 11pm, I think that the audience enjoyed themselves.

It takes a lot of people to put on an event like this, from the Companies who donate equipment, from trailers to lights, the people who have supported the programme with adverts, or donated prizes for the raffle, the people who helped out on the day, including the Village Fund Raising Group of the Helen Rollason Charity who served tea and coffee, the village organisations who came to showcase themselves, our own DJ Mark and the bands, especially Loaded Dice on their return visit, together with the WI Choir. We must not forget our special guests “Lord and Lady de Peverel” who performed the opening ceremony. They had been briefed that all of us there were of the “lower classes” and they therefore treated us appropriately as they made their progress round the Recreation Ground.

We could not have even got off the ground, had it not been for the pump priming donation that the Parish Council gave to us, to enable us to reserve certain equipment for the day.

Two more groups to thank. Firstly the Committee, who have worked on this event for nearly 9 months – a tremendous effort, especially over the last two months when a number of teething problems gave us considerable extra work. Secondly, the Guides, who worked like slaves for about 6 hours cooking food on a sweltering hot day for the Barbeque – a brilliant effort, and I cannot think of a better cause than the refurbishment of their HQ Building for their profits to go to.

I said that it takes a Committee to produce a day like we had. We need new members, both men and women – if you like what we have produced over the last two years, come and help make next year even better; if you have ideas to turn it in a different direction, join us and make it happen.

Tony French,
Retiring Chairman
Party in the Park Working Group.