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It will come as no surprise to you that this year's Barrel Push and  Village Fete has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Even though some social distancing measures  may have been relaxed by the 25th May, the Barrel Push Committee did not want to run the risk of bringing the virus into the village.

The Committee did consider rescheduling the event  for later in the year. However, the future is so uncertain, no one  really knows when it will be considered safe to hold such events.

The £740 raised at February's Charity Quiz Night plus £ 260 saved on Barrel Push insurance premiums has been donated to the charity

£1,000 IN TOTAL!

Once again, thank you to everyone who supported the Quiz Night. ‘Candlelighters' was nominated as this years main charity as they have provided excellent support to a young local girl whose grandfather lives in Finghall.




Finghall Barrel Push & Village Fete 2019

Fingall's Barrel Push and Village Fete went ahead as planned on Bank Holiday Monday 27 th May 2019. The event was a great success although a couple of heavy showers sent people running for cover!

The Barrel Push was opened by celebrity pony ‘Little Alf' who, with a little help for his owner Hannah Russell, cut a ribbon in front of the band tent.

All the stalls and attractions were busy and the Bedale Brass Band played for the enjoyment of a sizeable crowd. The BBQ and Cream Teas almost sold out!

A total of 30 people entered the Barrel Push Competition and were cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd. The following people won trophies:

Mens Competition: Scott Partridge from Harmby - 50 seconds.

Ladies Competition: Kirsty Naylor from Topcliffe near Thirsk – 1min 38 seconds

Boys Competition: Bodni Barnard from Leyburn – 2 min 59 seconds

Girls Competition: Nell Biker from Finghall – 2 min 30 seconds

Both Scott Partridge and Kirsty Naylor won their competitions for the fourth consecutive year. Phil Sherwood from North Stainley won the trophy for the fastest veteran (over 50).

Ian Carlisle, Chairman of the organising committee thanked those taking part in the Barrel Push and all those who supported the event in any way. He said, ‘This year the main charity to benefit from money raised by the Barrel Push will be Herriot Hospice Homecare, but we hope to make smaller donations to the Swaledale Mountain Rescue and Dales Care at Bedale'.

Thank you to all those individuals and businesses who have helped to sponsor the event, including:

Biker Group

Bedale Community Bakery

Braithwaites Garden Centre

Paul Harrison & family

Queens Head Pub

R & R Ice Cream

Vale of Mowbray

Wessex Foods

Worsdale's Farm House Baking


The Villagers of Finghall for all their support and generous donations!


It is estimated that since 1986, when the event first took place, the Barrel Push has raised almost £100,000 for charity.












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