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37th Vale Conker Championship

The 37th Vale [of Belvoir] Conker Championship was held on the Pringle (village green) in Long Clawson, Leicestershire, on the afternoon of Saturday 9 October 2021, starting at 1.30 p.m., on what could be described as a perfect autumn afternoon.

The Championship is very much a village event with proceeds going Long Clawson School and Village Hall.  Six podiums were set up on a roped off area of the green, leaving room for a few stalls – mainly of the tombola type – along two sides.  Competitors were charged a £5.00 entry fee (£2.00 for children under 14), and conkers (seeds of horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum) were supplied, each contestant selecting one from bags in which they were placed with only their strings exposed.  There were no separate classes for men and women, or boys and girls; the adult finals were between two men, and the children’s finalists were two girls.

The finals took place at about 4 p.m., after which the finalists had chains of conkers, and the adult winner was presented with a silver cup.  Thereafter the raffle was drawn, and people drifted home.

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