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Finghall Barrel Push & Village Fete

15 year old Lee Thompson, current boys champion in action.

Fine weather on Spring Bank Holiday Monday attracted a good crowd and a steady stream of eager competitors to the Finghall Barrel Push. Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd, 24 entrants in five categories successfully completed a real test of strength and stamina by pushing an empty 18 gallon metal beer barrel up a difficult, 150 metre course. Retaining his veteran's title for men or women over the age of 50 years was Paul Sherwood from North Stainley near Ripon. A further three of last years champions retained their titles: 19 year old Scott Partridge (Harmby) smashed his own record, completing the course in 45 seconds; the ladies and boys competitions were won for the third year running by Kirsty Naylor (Topcliffe near Thirsk), and Lee Thompson (Spennithorne) respectively. This year three young girls entered the contest, and for many in the crowd the highlight of the afternoon was seeing a determined 12 year old Seren Melling from Little Ouseburn cross the line to win the girls trophy. The Biker Group sponsored the Barrel Push prize money, with Matthew Biker presenting the trophies.

Away from the competition there was plenty to keep the crowd entertained. Live music from the ever popular band 'The Motive' complimented traditional stalls, BBQ, Cream Teas, children's games and treasure hunt. New for 2018 were a bouncy castle and football shoot out game.

Kirsty Naylor, current ladies champion in action.

Ian Carlisle, Chairman of the Barrel Push said, 'The fantastic weather and a bumper crowd created a great atmosphere and hopefully everyone had an enjoyable afternoon'. 

Charities to benefit

All profits from the Barrel Push go to charity and other good causes. This year the organisers are pleased to announce  that a total of £3,856 has been allocated to charities, the chief beneficiaries  being Bright Red (blood cancer) and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The Barrel Push will also fund essential maintenance on the village defibrillator (approx. £100).


Men's Champion, Scott Partridge with his trophy.

A BIG thank you to all sponsors and supporters, including:

Bedale Community Bakery

The Biker Group

Swinton Park Country Club & Spa

The Queens Head Public House, Finghall

Worsdales Farmhouse Bakery

Vale of Mowbray

Froneri Ice Cream



12 year old Seren Melling being presented with her trophy by Matthew Biker.



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