Companies from the local area recently took part in the seventh annual Taunton Boules Tournament, this year held at Taunton Vale Sports Centre. 40 teams drawn from a variety of businesses gathered for the challenge and enjoyed a competitive afternoon whilst helping to raise £2750 for a good cause.
The event was organised by Taunton-based Summerfield Developments in aid of Conquest Centre, the Norton Fitzwarren charity that uses its equestrian facilities to boost the wellbeing of local people of all ages and differing abilities. The charity was chosen by a staff vote, and has already benefitted in July this year from Summerfield employees’ help in constructing a sensory garden at the Centre.
Conquest Centre fielded their own team under the name of The Conquestadors, and team captain Rhoda Lock, Fundraising Manager, told the gathering about the opportunities they offer to the less abled and their families. Later she said:
“We are so grateful for the generosity of the Taunton business community and to Summerfield for organising the event and choosing us as their charity for 2017. The sensory garden is one of a range of facilities we offer that make such a difference to the families who come to us for support.”
The charity will also receive proceeds from the Summerfield golf day, to be held in October, and further donations from the company for the purchase of more plants and shrubs for the sensory garden.
Ben Trickey, Divisional Director at Summerfield, commented:
“Once again we had a full turnout for what has become a very popular fixture in the calendar. The participants can enjoy a fun afternoon whilst promoting their businesses and at the same time helping a very worthy cause. The facilities at Taunton Vale Sports Centre are ideal for this event.”
Chris Winter, Chief Executive at Summerfield, presented the prizes. For the second time, two teams from Ashfords Solicitors won the fancy dress prize, this year for their novel snail (or should we say ‘escargot’) outfits constructed by one of their colleagues.
The Carter Jonas team, who fought off Bradleys Bashers (Bradleys Estate Agents) in the Wooden Spoon final, were presented with wooden spoons to mark the occasion.
A colourful Plate final saw ‘Rule Brettannia’, the Peter Brett team wearing their red berets and neckerchiefs, beat the Gibbins Richards team who had donned onion strings and sunflowers. Both teams had earlier earned honourable mentions for their outfits.
Office Reality, who had attended all six previous tournaments, made it all the way to the Cup final for the second year running but were beaten by winners Lloyds Bank, who took the big trophy.
The picture shows Chris Winter of Summerfield with Cup winners Richard Heath, David Willock and Phillip Bate of Lloyds Bank