Wine Club’s Picnic in the Park

The 30th June was another glorious day in Upton.  Finally Welly had been found and pointed around 130 Upton residents and their friends to the village park for a picnic!  This was an opportunity for all villagers to come along and enjoy an afternoon of fun and games followed by some great food and entertainment.   And you did not disappoint!  There were several games of rounders with varying numbers playing, with almost everyone trying their hand at Welly Whanging!  If there was a record for how far back you could throw the welly then we would have some serious contenders, as it was the winner was perhaps not surprisingly won by one of our countries leading Frisbee champions, Jamie Rabbetts with a winning throw of 25.9m.   The egg throwing/catching competition was fiercely fought and no one could hide the joy on the faces of Ben Amos and Ray Troskie when they won with a distance of 23.5m.

With some amazing hard work from all the wine committee members and the film club organisers everyone then enjoyed an evening of music, socialising and some great BBQ chicken and pizza, during which there was the Upton home brew competition.  With 12 entries it was close, but the overall winner was Sarah Sayers, who just pipped everyone with her damson gin, congratulations Sarah.

Picnic in the Park started as a small idea by the Upton Wine committee.  If you enjoyed it and wanted to continue the party, then look out for an invitation to join the wine club this year or come along to the fete on the 1st September and join.  Membership is £15 for the year.  There are monthly wine tasting evenings held at the village hall.   We will ask for a contribution of between £5-10 for the meetings you can attend, for which you will get to taste 8 different wines along with some fantastic food, a theme that we will be developing even further this year!  If you want to join or have any questions then please look out for the application form or contact Ian Langley at:  More information can also be found on our website at

Hope to see you all on the 19th September for our first meeting of the season.