Event Programme – 2022

Welcome

The Organising Committee would like to welcome you all to the Eckington Summer Festival, with hopes that this year’s event will surpass even the great successes of years gone by.

The 2022 event represents the return of the Eckington Summer Festival, with both the 2020 and 2021 events falling victim to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In this programme, you will find information on the bands and other entertainment we have in store for you, plus details of the groups involved in the organisation of the festival. There is also a run down of the performances you can expect in our arena and on stage.

Today is for the community. The event is organised by local people whose only aim is to provide a fun, free event for you to enjoy. Any money raised today will simply go back into making next year’s event even bigger, and even better!

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Guide

We have a vast array of caterers to satisfy your tastebuds. We have burgers & sausages, Jamaican food, pizza, donuts, and much more! We also have three fully licensed bars to quench your thirst (and maybe get you dancing).

There are loads of stalls in attendance today also. There isn’t enough space to list them all out, but believe us, there’s pretty much everything you could ever want! We’ve got jewellery and gems, toys and sweets, and even a stall selling doggie treats! Why not take yourself on a stroll around our field to explore the many wonderful vendors we have for your perusal.

There’s children’s fairground rides & funfair games, along with some superb live entertainment and music acts (more information on them to follow).

Entertainment Schedule

13:10-13:15Official opening – Lee Rowley MPMain Stage
13:15-13:45Hathersage Brass BandMain Entrance
13:45-14:05Stepping Out Dance SchoolMain Arena
14:05-14:30Hathersage Brass BandMain Entrance
14:30-15:30Dog CompetitionsMain Arena
15:30-16:15Main band – “We Are Sparta FC” Main Stage
16:00-16:45Doggy Musical MatsSecondary Arena
16:15-16:35Stepping Out Dance SchoolMain Arena
16:35-16:45Local Solo Performer – “Motty J”Main Stage
16:45-17:15Eckington’s Got Talent WinnersMain Arena
17:15-18:00Main band – “We Are Sparta FC” Main Stage
18:00-19:00‘Pub-Style’ QuizBar Area
Times given are estimates for your information. Actual times may differ slightly.

The Committee

As you can imagine, the organisation of this event takes months of planning & scrutinising. The Eckington Summer Festival committee is made up of a handful of local volunteers, working hard behind the scenes both in the lead up to the event, and throughout the day also.

The committee members will be patrolling the event today trying to be as helpful as possible. They’re wearing hi-vis vests so should be easily recognisable. If you need anything at all, seek one of us out and we’ll do our best to help.

We’re always looking for more chefs to make the 2023 broth even better! If you’re interested in getting involved, just get in touch by email eckingtonfestival@gmail.com, or via the contact form on our website http://www.eckingtonfestival.co.uk/contact.

Dog Competitions

We have 6 wonderful categories for the dog competition this year, plus (of course) our best in show. Do you think that your dog is the most handsome boy you’ve ever seen? Think she’s got the waggiest tail in the world (or at least in Eckington)? Well here’s your chance to prove it.

The competitions begin at 2.30pm. All you have to do is head over to our sign-up tent and fill in a card. It’s £1.50 to enter the competition and our best in show will win a wonderful Full Groom complimentary of our friends at Eckington & Staveley Dog Wash.

If you have any questions at all, just ask Val in the sign-up tent, or any of our other committee members.

The categories for the dog competitions are as follows:

  • Best Waggy Tail
  • Best Child Handler
  • Best Handsome Dog
  • Best Pretty Bitch
  • Best Rescue
  • Best 6 Legs
  • BEST IN SHOW

Your Entertainment

We Are Sparta FC
A three piece live band playing a mix of classic guitar based songs from the 60s and 70s with a sprinkling of 80s pop and 90s Brit pop. All with a Sparta twist.

Hathersage Brass Band
This year celebrating their 140th anniversary, Hathersage Band is a non-contesting brass band based in Marsh Lane, with members ranging from young players who are still at school, right through to those who have retired. Their performance is a new addition to this year’s event, and we’re very excited for them to start off this year’s entertainment.

Motty J
A multi-instrumental, alternative indie rock solo artist who lives in Eckington. Today he’ll be performing a couple of tracks from his new album “What You See In The Past”, released on all available music platforms on 1st July.

Stepping Out Dance School
This group offers a variety of dance and fitness classes for all ages and abilities, and is based in Beighton and Killamarsh. Classes include disco freestyle, street dance, pom dance, zumba, and boogie bounce. Stepping out are very proud to provide the official dancers and cheerleaders for the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey team. If you would like to join in the fun, visit Michelle at their stall, or ring 07977 388617.

Doggy Musical Mats
New to this year’s event is a twist on the classic game musical chairs. Sure to be a laugh-a-minute, this game sees you walk your dog around the arena, to then scramble to find and sit your furry friend on a mat when the music ends. To get involved, bring your doggy over to our secondary arena at 16:00. For more information, visit our dog competition sign-up tent, where they’ll be happy to help.

Suelala
Sue is an international Aerial Artist and Circus Performer with over 10 years experience. She will be performing today both around the event site (look our for her on her stilts), and also will be taking circus workshops in our secondary arena. Head across and get involved!

Eckington’s Got Talent Winners
We’re delighted to welcome to this year’s event a selection of winners from Eckington’s Got Talent. The annual event is organised by a former committee member of ours, and gives local residents, young and old, the chance to showcase their talents and performances.

The Eckington Summer Festival Pub Quiz
Building on the success of our last (pre-Covid) event, we will be once again holding our pub-style quiz in the bar/food area. This brilliant RedTooth quiz is open to all – so head across to get involved. Only £1 entry per team, with prizes to be won! Come and test your knowledge.

Thank You To Those Involved

A huge number of people and groups are involved in the organisation of today’s event, in many different ways. We feel that it is only right to thank them for their contributions – be it time, money, or something else.

Eckington Parish Council – the local Parish Council contribute a large sum of money to the event, without which we would struggle to make today happen

Eckington Development Company – the donation from our umbrella company is used to hire the equipment for the stage and performance area.

Eckington Town Team – this local group give up their time to help with various jobs on the day, and man their own stall promoting their projects too.

Shepherd Distribution – the trailer-come-stage that our acts perform on and in front of is generously loaned for the day. A large part of what makes our event.

North East Derbyshire District Council – for loan of the various bins (and new to this year, recycling bins) you will see around the site, helping the clear-up operation at the end of the day.

Eckington Junior School – the adjacent school are lease holders of the land you stand on, and kindly give us the use of the field. Without this, we literally wouldn’t be here!

Eckington Boys & Belles JFC – the local junior football club assists in many ways with the logistical side of setting up, setting down, and access to and from the field. This, coupled with their loan of various pieces of equipment, and for ensuring the grass is nicely cut!

The Friendship Hall, Green Lawns Centre, and The Eckington Business Centre – we have borrowed tables and chairs from our friends in local groups and community halls, to ensure that there is plenty of seating and places to eat and drink whilst you’re with us today.

All of the local schools and shops/businesses – our promotional material does the rounds in the community with help from our friends in schools and businesses.

The neighbours – inevitably, we make rather a lot of noise and cause some traffic disruption with out event; we’d like to thank the local neighbours for their patience.

All attendees – stallholders, acts, caterers, etc – these people make the event what it is today. We do hope we see you again in future years.

All volunteers and the organising committee – for their relentless work today and in the days, weeks, and months leading up to today.

Today’s entertainment acts – for thoroughly entertaining us today

Lee Rowley MP – for officially opening today’s event and getting proceedings underway

Thank you for visiting the Eckington Summer Festival 2022.
We hope that you have had a wonderful day, and that you will join us again next year!

Next year’s event will be held on Saturday, 1st July 2023.

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