Now a tradition in itself, Village Mentality returns to the village green to celebrate 10 years of Field Day. And what could be a more fitting theme for the 2016 Games than ageing itself?
A decade holds a lot of changes but we’re in it for the long haul, from nappies to zimmers, raves to riches, reminisce, fast-forward and then slowdown with a clutch of friends in a transient mix of classic team games and new transgressions that channel the spirits of a school sports day and a village fete; with a cap doffed and an eyebrow raised.
From the Nappy-wearing Relay Race, to a Stag and Hen themed Tug of War, Mid-life crisis Pogoing to Buggy Wars. All accompanied to the strains of The Farnborough and the cheer of a Real Ale Tent.
As ever there will be lovely prizes big and small to be had (Field Day tea towels, free drink and lots more) with the cherry on the cake being the perennial eating competition where true to form we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of Field Day Saturday by asking our contestants – like latter day hungry caterpillars- to literally eat their way through 10 years worth of our eating contests. In 10 minutes they will chew the gauntlet of: carrot eating, onion peeling, blindfold sweetcorn husking, cucumber sandwich mountain, winkle picking, nettle eating, a Meringueathon, beetroot and celery guzzling, one hands-tied blueberry pie face off – with a slice of 10th birthday cake to finish.