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Watchet Music Festival Live 2019

Behind the Scenes

Meet the Watchet Wombles

Colin Burnett leads a team of very keen volunteers who manage the waste clearance and disposal on the festival site. I met with Colin and some of the volunteers at Watchet Football Club to talk with them about the work they carry out behind the scenes at the Festival.

Colin became involved with the festival about ten years ago when the site moved from East Quay Watchet to the current site at Parsonage Farm on the edge of Watchet. The Waste Management team is made up of Colin Burnett, Lisa Duffield, Andrew Duffield, Dean Thompson, Helen Jones, Paul Sawatzki, James Sawatzki and Daniel Perkins.

Spending time with the volunteers gave a real insight into the tremendous work they carry out. Clearance of the festival site starts while most of us are still catching up on sleep after a night of music and entertainment. The team start work at 7.00am clearing litter, emptying bins and transporting waste to the skips, all being well they will finish about 9.30 am. An afternoon shift checks the festival site bins and dumpy bags and another sweep of the site takes place during the evening. All waste removal is contracted to Exmoor Skip a local company. The waste is separated and sorted so maximum recycling is carried out.

Campsites are also checked and bin bags are left at tents and camper vans for festival goers to use to collect their rubbish.

The team said “The festival people are great they do their best to keep the campsites clean. They also donate their tinned/packet food to the local food bank at the end of the festival which helps those in need”.

Q I asked the team “What do you get from volunteering?”

A We love volunteering, we would do it every weekend. As a team we have a lot of fun and laughter. We really appreciate the thanks we get from people at the festival for the work we carry out. It’s great to be able to give something back to our community.

Q Where did the name the Watchet Wombles come from?

A The name came from the Doonicans. The Barsteward Sons of Val Doonican have a great Watchet Womble following. This is also the band the team are most looking forward to seeing in 2019 and this is a unanimous decision. Andrew is also looking forward to seeing Alabama3.

Q Any stories to tell about things you have seen while working?

A What goes on at the festival stays at the festival! Colin in a wheelie bin, oh and the naked lady who popped out of her tent to ask what time is it?

Hats off to the waste management team for their time, effort and hard work, all part of what makes Watchet Music Festival so good. AC



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Farmer Phil’s Festival favourites Piston just dropped their latest single and it’s another belter! What’s more, the eagle eyed among you might even spot our web guy Steve in the video... enjoy! 🤘

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Lets raise a glass to what should have been this week , and see you all in 2021. Ted

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Nearly had to sleep on one of them sofas last year with that downpour.... Phil agreed and even told me to put a sofa on the stage to stop the wind!!!! Fucking ledge!!!! Hahaha Xxx

Miss you all at this special time of year xxx

Phew.... last year was the rain and this year COVID. So sorry for you because I know how much work and money is involved in making a festival happen.

🍺🍺 Here's to 2021 My love and best wishes to you all xx

You got any Lilly's cider 😜🍻

Next year ...

Bring on 2021 xx

Cheers to next year !! ( taken last year b4 the rain !!)

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Cheers my lovelies xx Here’s to 2021 💜💜💜

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I really hope we can do 2021, damn this covid thing

Emma Higham Amelia Cerys Skyrme-Davies I don’t think milly has fb or I jsut can’t find it but next year to look forward too :))

Deborah Coomby, Michelle O'Toole.. Next year hopefully 👍

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Me too

Can’t wait 😊

yay we have tickets... 🤣

Oh yes😀

Would love to get Black Bear Kiss on the line up!!

Well worth waiting for!!! X🤩X

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Hi everybody - we hope you've all kept safe and well throughout lockdown and are all looking forward to joining us next year.

We thought it was worth just reiterating this announcement about this year's festival being postponed JUST in case some are still planning to make the trip to Ratlinghope next weekend!

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates in the coming weeks.

We love you all xCOVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT:

It is with heavy hearts that we regretfully announce Farmer Phil’s Festival 2020 will not go ahead as planned.

Like many other events scheduled to be hosted this summer, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. The safety of our festival family – the performers, traders, staff, volunteers and not least you, our wonder supporters – is of the utmost importance to us and we have concluded that going ahead with the event is a risk simply not worth taking.

We realise that, while perhaps not unexpected in the current climate, this is disappointing news for everyone looking forward to our annual party in the Shropshire Hills.

So we are pleased to confirm that we have postponed this year’s event until 13-15 August 2021. We are working hard to replicate the line up that would have been playing for you this year, and those already confirmed will be announced on an updated event poster in the coming weeks.

Tickets purchased for this year will remain valid for the 2021 re-scheduled event and postal tickets will be sent out nearer the event itself. It would mean the world to us if you retained your tickets for next year, however we do appreciate that individuals’ circumstances can change, so if you’re unable to join us in Ratlinghope in 2021, please contact us for refunds via the channels below:

For postal ticket orders, please e-mail farmerphilsfestival@gmail.com

For online orders via Ticket Sellers, please contact Ticket Sellers directly

To help us process your request quickly, please only contact us via the above e-mail for postal ticket refunds – enquiries via social media can get missed.

Thank you again for your continued support – please continue to keep safe and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2021 when you can all geddon moi land again!

Farmer Phil & the team

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Hi everybody - we hope youve all kept safe and well throughout lockdown and are all looking forward to joining us next year.

We thought it was worth just reiterating this announcement about this years festival being postponed JUST in case some are still planning to make the trip to Ratlinghope next weekend!

Keep your eyes peeled for more updates in the coming weeks.

We love you all x

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Good idea .x so missing coming to the farm x

But Near Gatten Farm camping is open...😉

Pity heard nothing but good reports, Reg Blues Train.

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9 Responses

  1. Adrian Gaunt says:

    Carolyn Elizabeth

  2. Anthony Fey says:

    Doing an amazing job. Keep it up and thank you very much from each and every one of us

  3. Clare Fletcher says:

    🙌🙌🙌

  4. Colin Burnett says:

    Thank to you all ive got a great team

  5. Palooka 5 says:

    We tip our helmets to you all 👏👏- what a wondrous job you do! See you in August ✊

  6. Scott Doonican says:

    Watchet Wombles Rock! ❤️❤️❤️

  7. Julie Fletcher says:

    🙌🙌🙌

  8. Annette Dickinson says:

    Thanks to you all for an amazing job ⭐👍

  9. Jo Vernon says:

    Andrew duffield remember me from school? Heehee x

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