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The term Marketeer is used to describe individuals, typically persons or groups of persons dressed in Red Fluffy jackets and having a Chuffin‘ Good Time!! Often engaged in drinking activities that involve all kinds of fun!!

Marketeers Carnival Club Bridgwater EST 1960
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in.

The Cupboard Monster
Official News Letter of the Champions of Glastonbury and Weston Super Mare


Chairman: Steve Wright Captain: Alan Windsor Treasurer: Dave Kirk Jnr Secretary: Mark Cheffy

Another year over a new one just begun

Hi there,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable carnival season and are now feeling back to normal, if somewhat bored. Right, carnival 2008, where do we start.

A fantastic fortnight was had by the guys on stage and the club showed what a sense of togetherness we have. Although as many point out ‘it’s not like the old days’ (well I’m afraid nothing is) we are still the club with the best touring mentality and the largest numbers out. Many clubs (through no fault of there own) now come out in numbers on the weekends, but once again Marketeers CC lead the way in this field having a large number of the boys out and about every single night.

Being on 1st the first week was a daunting task, and to be honest probably didn’t help the show (we all know we sing and dance better after 5 or 6 pints). But we did our best and had some good quality reviews from the audience (especially the singing and the set, the set in particular got rave reviews). Some good nights were had by all (including a very drunken 1st name night, where everyone had to call each other by their Christian name, losers drunk a concoction of drinks that we made earlier that night)

The weekend came and went, and it was soon the second week, being on later seemed to help us and with the crowd warmed up we got some very positive responses. The Thursday of the second week was the Annual and now world famous Grovers Birthday Bash, where we all decamped to the Blake Arms for the night to dance to the tracks being laid down by DJ’s Wins & Trev. To make the night go with an extra bang we decided that everyone would have to be dressed as someone from the 80’s, this was a great success and everyone joined in with the spirit.

A very hung-over Friday came and went and it was soon results night, knowing there was a lot of good stage shows out there, we went to the town hall more in hope than anticipation. When the result of 9th was announced a deathly silence enveloped the town hall, we stood there and listened to the rest of the results and made our way back to the Old Market. During the formal speeches and etc you could sense the disappointment from the boys, but as soon as the disco started and the beer started flowing we were partying like we had won it, a fantastic night was had by all there and when I left at 4am the party was still in full swing. No other club in carnival can party like the Marketeers and that night we showed why. Although disappointed there was no point sulking or winging about it, we are renowned for having a good time win or lose, and I was proud of the boys that night.

The next day out the shed there were some very hung-over people, but I think everyone who came out there were very pleasantly surprised by the amount of work carried out by the non stage personnel over the previous 2 weeks. The cart was in a great position and gave us a great base to work from for the forthcoming carnivals.

The 27 days of building soon flew by and with a very positive response (the majority of nights) from the club, on the morning of Bridgwater carnival there was very little for people to be doing. The cart was pulled into parkway in time and after a few minor adjustments people were soon back at the pub ready for make up and costume. After we had all shared a nice glass of Rose wine we made our way to the Newmarket for the traditional pre-match drinks.

It was soon time to get on the cart and give it rice, with one of the best carts we have build in years it was a pleasure to climb aboard.

As the cart wove its way through the streets of Bridgwater (and the rest of the county) the reaction from the crowd was terrific (probably the best crowd reaction since Rock). And we got of down Taunton Road completely exhausted and everyone had given it there all.

We soon made our way back to the pub and had a few drinks before early Saturday morning the Results came out. 3rd place was very respectable picking up a couple of other trophies put the icing on the cake. Lots more ale to celebrate and it was soon time to go home, charge batteries and come back for Pethy Carnival, another couple of pots were secured from North Petherton, then it was time for Black Sunday after the traditional minutes silence to remember the fallen from our armed forces, we were in full voice and the P**s taking was in full flow. Especially at the expense of Chunk who had just joined the Tory Party.

A great day was had by all and once again we were on top form with bigger numbers and what seemed more laughing than anyone else.

Soon it was Burnham on Sea carnival (where we ended up for the 1st and last time pot-less), a welcome break was found on the Tues before we headed out to the dry (for once) Shepton Mallet where after a slight problem with the road crew knowing where the finish was we picked up another couple of trophies.

After a night off it was Wells and after a carnival that seemed to take forever we got our best result so far a 2nd place in-front of Raiders and behind Gremlins. After a 4 o’clock finish, the alarm was soon going off to go back to the rugby club for Glastonbury.

With Gremlins right behind us we got on the cart and gave it our all, and got back to the rugby club for some heavy drinking. Soon the results were out and the place erupted as Marketeers were revealed as the winner of open feature. The night seemed to last forever as we all partied (just like we had after the stage result) like no one else can.

Soon it was Monday and in the pouring rain at Weston we were keen to try and repeat the result. At Pontins as John Owens read out the county and Weston Results it seemed like every other word he would say and the winner –Ghost Riders (lets ride) by The Marketeers Carnival club, absolute chaos ensued as we were read out as open feature champions and joint second in the county. A full list of trophies is printed further on in the newsletter but it currently stands at 23 with a few more to be announced at the various carnival presentations.

How to sum up 2008, a very good year for the club in many respects, we felt the 2 extremes of carnival the 9th on stage is a feeling that no-one wants to feel again and will be used as a base for everything in the future. The two 1st places on road were an amazing felling that I personally want to feel again every single carnival. We have a brilliant club at the moment with a very bright future, if we can keep up the ethic we have both in a work sense and the party sense then there is no reason (as I said the last night of concerts) that our carnival club can’t be back were we belong on the very top of the pile.

I for one so proud to be captain of this great club and I look forward to the coming year(s) when people hearing our name read out last will become the norm. On behalf of myself and the rest of the committee, thank you all very much for your hard work and dedication, with out you we wouldn’t be the fantastic club that we are. – Windsor

Marketeers CC awards list 2008

Bridgwater – 3rd Place, Most original Entry, Most improved Entry (shared with Lime Kiln and Vaggies) & Best dressed Tractor and Driver (shared with Gremlins)
North Petherton – 3rd place, Best Decorated Towing Unit, Lighting Cup (2nd year running)
Burnham on Sea – 4th Place
Shepton Mallet – 3rd place
Wells – 2nd place, Best dressed Tractor driver, Chairman’s Choice & Most Appropriate Music
Glastonbury – 1st Place, Best decorated Towing Vehicle, best dressed Tractor Driver.
W-S-M – 1st place & Chairman’s Choice
Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnival Association
Butlin Cup (Judged at each carnival by the man in the street)
Charlie Denning Memorial Cup (Awarded by the county committee top table)
Churton Millennium Shield (Winner Best decorated generator trailer)
Courage Trophy ( Judged at each carnival by a committee member)
Ralph Whitting Cup (Winner Best dressed tractor Driver (Ken Marsh)
The Stan Bown Memorial Cup (Voted for by other entries of Somerset County Carnivals)
Cecil Dodd Memorial Cup 3rd placed Feature (Shared with Masqueraders)
North Petherton Cup 2nd placed Feature (Shared with Masqueraders)

A total of 23 trophies. And there are also a lot of trophies that aren’t announced until the night of the various presentations. If we receive anymore, I’ll update the list here.

Meet the Members

This Month’s edition focuses on paint sprayer extraordinaire Jamie Turner & new member and his daddy Des Turner

 Name – Jamie Turner

Nickname – Smokin

Occupation – Professional Smoker and paint flinger

Position in Club – Chunks apprentice and smoke machine for cabarets

Year Joined – 1995 & again in 2001

Reason you joined – there was a recruitment drive for hobbits and being as I’m 3’5” tall I was a prime candidate

Involvement with Club – member of the Marketeers Alliance of Hobbits & second only to Horney in the World Smoking Stakes

Favourite memory of your time with the Club – the time I was allowed to Hold Chunky Dunster’s paint brush, it sent shivers down my spine.

Ambition for the future – to be recognised as the Worlds Shortest Man or the Worlds Tallest Hobbit, not quite sure which one yet


Next up is Des Turner

Name – Des Turner


Occupation – putting the worms into Tequila bottles

Position in Club – Mexican

Year joined – 2008

Reason you joined – it’s easy, you turn up in November, knock a few nails in and go on cart.

Involvement with Club – dancing very badly to Speedy Gonzalez and stealing beer from committee members

Favourite memory of your time with the Club – my fav memory will be when in 2035 when we win the county cup doing Mexicans!!!

Ambition for the future – I am currently awaiting my call up to the Mexican Moustache growing team. After this I hope to open my own Mexican restaurant in the middle of Sydenham call ‘Hey Gringo’


  • AGM – The Annual General meeting of The Marketeers Carnival Club is taking place Monday 19th January at The Mansion House 7.30pm Start. Please make the effort to attend, apologies to Windsor or Paul Brazewell.
  • Xmas Cabaret – The Marketeers Christmas Cabaret (Sat 13th Dec) is a sell out; therefore we will be looking for extra help from all aspects of the club on the night of the Cabaret. This is vitally important as recently the club has struggled on there own at cabarets, this time we will just not be able to cope. Please please make a note in your diary and pop along to lend a hand.
  • Pontoon Dinner - The date for the annual Pontoon dinner has been set – Saturday 14th March 2009. further details will be available in the next news letter
  • Welcome – To new members Des Turner and Matt Holland hopefully it will be the first of many years in the club for them.
  • In Memoriam – as I’m sure you are now all aware a couple days after helping the club with our stage props Philip ‘Mugsy’ Morgan sadly passed away. At his funeral the club was well represented and Chunk read a very moving eulogy. Hopefully our success on the road has served as a fitting tribute.

2008 Club Officers
President – Gerrard ‘Chunky’ Dunster
Chairman – Steve Wright –
Captain – Alan Windsor –
Treasurer – David ‘Jones’ Kirk Jnr –
Secretary – Mark Cheffy –

Vice Chairman – Matthew Knapp Esq. –

Vice Captain – Adrian Horne –

Assistant Treasurer – Tim Knapp –

Assistant Secretary – Kevin Groves –

Vice Presidents Contact details

Chairman – Paul Brazewell –


Cart Co-Ordinator – Allan Elson –

Engineering Co-Ordinator – Dan Cullen –

Electrical Co-Ordinator – Darryl ‘Doey’ Taylor –

Thanks for reading the newsletter, I hope it was an enjoyable read and informative, hope to see you soon – Alan Windsor




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