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Wilfs Carnival Club

The Wilfs Carnival Club was formed in early 1989. Their name was chosen as its means in local vocabulary – ‘likeable people who enjoy life with a serious edge’.

The club started with fourteen male members, mainly from one of the Bridgwater Gangs and Features clubs. The club decided to become a walking group after holding meetings in various pubs in the town, with their first meeting being held in one of the founder member’s front rooms (Mr & Mrs K Stoodley). The club finally settled at the Newmarket Hotel, Bath Road. Other previous headquarters over the years have included, The Volunteer Arms, Bristol Road, and The Bunch of Grapes, St John Street, and the club is currently based at The Sportsman, Bath Road.

Between 1989 and 2019, Mr & Mrs D Irish allowed the club to build their entries at their home in Bawdrip. Also, for many years the club had the services of local builder, M & M Gardener, who kindly supplied the club with a tractor and trailer. More recently and up to the present day, Mr Graham Baker lends his vehicle to the club for the carnivals.

In the first period of the Wilfs history, the club travelled to all seven carnivals on the Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnivals Association circuit. More recently they now only participate in the carnivals of local towns.

The club have enjoyed much success over the years, winning the county cup for walking entries on numerous occasions. One of the club’s most iconic entries was the ‘Synchronized Swimming Display’ in 1991.

The Wilfs are fortunate to have members who have many skills and disciplines, including carpenters, electricians, sound engineers, painters etc. The club call their helpers ‘Wilfers’ and their ladies ‘Wilfettes’. In recent years Wilfs have become a female dominated club, and find it difficult to recruit male members.

Over the years, the club has gained the reputation for being much travelled, and in the past have appeared in Nether Stowey, Chard, London and Preston (Guild  representing Pontins).

The club works hard at raising monies to build their entries, and fundraising activities generally include BBQs and providing security services at Glastonbury Festival.

The Wilfs are well known for having long titles for their carnival entries, and the club enjoys taking part in the squibbing display after Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival.

Procession Results

Year
Title
Class
Position
Cup
2019
The Wilfs Jungle Rock Featuring Elvis Zebra….
Class 7 – Groups of Masqueraders Adult
1
2018
The Wilfs Present Ballet Awful At “Thirty”
Class 7 – Groups of Masqueraders Adult
2
2017
The Wilfs 2020 Tokyo Olympic Trials ‘All Dressaged Up And Hoping To Go’
Class 7 – Groups of Masqueraders Adult
5
2016
Come and get the Ride of your Life with the Wilfs and Phil the G Force!
Class 7 – Groups of Masqueraders Adult
1
2015
Wilfs Present 2000 Leagues Under The Sea And Still Going Down
Class 7 – Groups of Masqueraders Adult
5
2014
Putting Life Into The Busiest Night Of The Year
Class 7 – Groups of Masqueraders Adult
2
2013
After A 1/4 Of A Century It Is A Bit Of A Habit
Class 7 – Groups of Masqueraders Adult
3
2012
WILFS Putting The Fun Back Into The Dead
Groups Of Masqueraders – Adult
3
2011
WILF Airways Would You Fly In This Fokker!
Groups Of Masqueraders – Adult
3
2010
THIS IS NOT A WIND-UP ITS THE WILFS
Groups Of Masqueraders – Adult
2
2009
Warbling This Melody In H Two Oh
Groups Of Masqueraders – Adult
2
2008
THE BETTY WOODS FORMER PUPILS, FORMATION DANCE TEAM TOO
Groups Of Masqueraders – Adult
1
2007
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS THE WILFS COME OUT OF THE CLOSET
Groups Of Masqueraders – Adult
2
2006
WILFS PHANTOM MASQUERADE
Groups Of Masqueraders – Adult
6
2005
MAMMA’S & PAPPA’S
Groups Of Masqueraders – Adult
4
2004
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
Groups Of Masqueraders – Adult
5
2003
A DAY OUT WITH THE WILFS
Feature on Foot or Self Propelled
5
2002
G-GNOMES GONE FISHING
Feature on Foot or Self Propelled
8
2001
M & M PLUS ONE
Feature on Foot or Self Propelled
3
2000
MATCH OF THE DAY
Feature on Foot or Self Propelled
1
1999
TEN YEARS BUT IT SEEMS LIKE A MILLENNIUM
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
4
1998
WILFS PRESENT BASIL FLATLEY AND THE BRIDGWATER RIVER PARRETT DANCERS DIRECT FROM BROADWAY
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
1
1997
ANGELS?
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
1
1996
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO A WEDDING
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
1
1995
MAC WILFS AND THEIR HUNT FOR NESSIE
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
2
1994
LE TUNNEL DE CHANGE
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
1
1993
WILFS GO WEST
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
1
1992
WILFS CLASSICAL EUROPEAN TOUR (HOOKED ON CLASSICS)
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
1
1991
WILFS SYNCHRONISED SWIMMING DISPLAY
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
1
1990
MAJORETTES AND MARCHING BAND
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
3
1989
BETTY WOODS FORMER PUPILS FORMATION DANCE TEAM
Feature – (Five Or More On Foot)
1

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