Pantomaniacs - making a difference

When Dennis Gall's riser chair was showing distinct signs of age it was timely that old friends from the Dunchurch Pantomaniacs made an approach to wife Pam, herself an ever-present in the 28 years of Pantos staged by the group, to see if there was any way they could help. Dennis has faithfully attended all the shows to keep an eye on Pam's performances , in which she is almost invariably teamed up with sister Rose, singing, dancing and generally fooling around.

Pam and Dennis are immensely grateful to the Pantomaniacs for their kindness in funding the chair which will help Dennis to be comfortable and able to transfer from wheelchair to riser and vice versa so much more easily. Out photo shows Dennis seated in his new char with Pam looking on.
Thank you to all Pantomaniac audiences and supporters for enabling us to help.



The DFG Great Easter Egg Treasure Hunt Winner

                   Congratulations everyone who completed the trail of clues around the village. Apparently it took between 2 and 4 hours to complete for most of you. We are very grateful to Sandie at the Post Office who collected the entries and donated the cream eggs to everyone who entered.

The results were very close with only a 3 or 4 answers separating the top half dozen entries. The answers that eluded most people were:

  • the special nature of the thatched bus shelter by The Green-answer, it is Grade 2 Listed
  • the date and location of the founding of The Women's Institute -answer, Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada in 1897 ( to be found on a plate at the base of the maple tree on the pathway opposite the Bus Shelter at the end of Cawston Lane)
  • the tree behind the same bus shelter is a Beech Tree, more exactly it is a copper beech.
    The most perceptive and amusing answer to the question as to what kind of tree it was? "A big one"
  • what rises from the ashes of number 6? - "daffodils and heather"

With 39 correct answers out of 40 congratulations go to Catherine Cherrett of Hall Close who wins the Giant Egg.

Catherine Cherrett received her prize of a giant easter egg

Winner Catherine said" I really enjoyed following the clues around the village although I had to check with some friends about the Ferrieres question . We sat eating chips in the bus shelter trying to work out what was (almost) unique about it! It took us a couple of hours to complete the trail . Even Mum and Dad learned a few things about the village."

Very well done also to Dee Mills of Sandford Way and Jack Pearson of Rugby Road who got 38 and 37 points respectively and won eggs too.

Dee Mills receives her Easter Egg

 Jack Pearson receives his easter egg

Happy Easter everyone, look out for more Festival Group events elsewhere on this website!

Thank you to all the entrants who submitted an entry form and contributed to the Festival Group Charities!

In case you missed it, or would just like the fun of hunting around the village you can access the entry form by clicking here. 




2015 Projects Presentation!

Father Christmas 's sleigh was apparently in for its MOT and so he arrived in Dunchurch on his tricycle on Saturday 5th December. 

Looking quite like DFG Chairman Rob Collings , Father Christmas  and  "Little Helper" ,Treasurer Fiona Stevenson , distributed chequers amounting to £5,010 to the following Dunchurch Charities:-

Santa arrives to make the Dunchurch cheque presentation

All this money was raised by the Dunchurch Festival group over the year with fun events including a disco, Quiz Night and the Fete.

Santa gets on hos way after making a presentation  

Organisations receiving project grants in 2015 were:

  • Dunchurch Scout Group (£750)
  • Dunchurch & Thurlaston Allotment Association (£300)
  • Dunchurch Infants School (£300)
  • Dunchurch Guide Unit (£250)
  • 3rd Dunchurch Brownies (£200)
  • Dunchurch Rainbows (£250)
  • Dunchurch & Thurlaston WI (£600)
  • St. Peter’s Church (£760)
  • Dunchurch Junior School (£500)
  • Dunchurch Training Band (£500)
  • Redwood House Care Home (£600)

After the presentation, 2015's Christmas tree was taken down and the area tidied up by Phil and the team

Tree Tidy 2015



2015 Air Ambulance Collection!

Proceeds from the bucket collection at the play "Tom ,Dick and Harry" were handed over at the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Helicopter base at Coventry Airport on Wednesday 4th November.

Our photo shows (left to right), Dunchurch Festival Group Representatives:

  • Patricia and Mike Judge (Play Director)
  • Wendy Collings / John Murray (Pilot - 2nd photo)
  • Katie Lockton (Fundraiser for The Air Ambulance )
  • Fiona Stevenson (Treasurer)
  • Rob Collings (Chairman)

 Air Ambulance with Dunchurch Festival Group members

Air Ambulance with Dunchurch Festival Group members



The King's New Clothes

Performed 22nd to 31st January

Every year since 1990 the Dunchurch Pantomaniacs have staged a Pantomime in the village. The Village Hall has been the venue since it opened in 2003 and prior to that the WI Hall in the village was its home for 15 years.

This year “The King's New Clothes” by Limelight Scripts delivered all the fun and sparkle that we have come to expect. As well as entertaining villagers with their high quality and fantastically enthusiastic shows the group have involved over 250 local children in their productions and raised over £40,000 for local good causes.

The cast of Dunchurch Pantomaniac's The King's New Clothes





Fête 2019 Stall Bookings

We're now taking bookings for trade stalls and advertising in the free fête programme.

Please complete our booking form for all stalls.

Tables & Chairs For Hire

The Dunchurch Festival Group have available for hire 100 folding chairs and 25 folding tables suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

A returnable bond of £50 for the chairs and £100 for the tables is required in addition to the hiring fee of 50p per chair, £2 per table.

Collection & return delivery are the hirer's responsibility.

Please Contact Us to make arrangements.

Dunchurch Band Recruiting

The Dunchurch Band are recruiting for new members.

Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7.30pm - 9.30pm at:

The W. I. Hall, Southam Road, Dunchurch.

Contact Louise Balsom on :

01327 361564 or

07548 276993


 Computer Confidence.

  • Are you confused when your grandchildren talk about the web or Google or social media?
  • Do you Panic when they speak about Apps or Facebook Friends or when they chatter on about Blogs or Cyber Bullying?
  • Would you like to learn about emails? Book a holiday online? Know how to find your photos? Do you want to Skype your family? Print off a boarding pass? Find a bargain on ebay?

Then Computer Confidence is for you!

Come to the Library at Dunchurch on Thursdays

  • Every Thursday at 11am at the library
  • Use the library computers – or bring your own laptop
  • Only £2 per session


If you would like to book please phone 01788 811355 or sign up in the library.



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