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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 world’s biggest club


Chairman: Steve Wright Captain: Alan Windsor Treasurer: Dave Kirk Jnr Secretary: Adrian Horne

A New Beginning

No not bloody Bucks Fizz, Us, The Marketeers Carnival Club……. Planning permission has been submitted and we now await our fate from Bridgwater finest we believe we will find out at end of Sept weather permission has been granted (just in time to celebrate on the first night of concerts).

To once again echo the words of Winston Churchill which have summed up our wonderful club this past six months } Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in.

As mentioned at the top, planning permission has been submitted and we are now awaiting news from Sedgemoor District Council to inform us if we have been successful or if we need to amend any plans. The club has a view (planning permission pending) to start construction of the new shed in early December. This will allow us to concentrate on this year’s carnival season and of course not disrupt the work of our (hopefully) new neighbours on the Bristol road site.

As you are aware the main focus of the club in the last few weeks has been starting to build the cart, concentrating hard on rehearsals as well as building the stage set and of course the ever important task of fundraising, for both this year’s entry and of course the new shed.

Concert rehearsals are well underway, and although a slow start things are now starting to pick up pace. Set design is well underway and people are out the committee shed (which we have very kindly been allowed to use for the stage set construction) three or four times a week, to ensure they are completed in time and to a very high standard. If you would like to help with the stage set please contact Ian Barber who will point you in the right direction. And finally on the stage, I am pleased to say the costumes are all finished. So a very big thank-you and well done goes to all the dress makers.

Again, as with the stage props, the cart is well underway and has made fantastic progress in the last month. In adverse conditions the guys out there are doing a fantastic job and I’m confident what with everything the club has been through this year we will have both a stage show and a Carnival Cart to be extremely proud of.

As per before the club has been working extremely hard fund-raising with bars, stewarding and quizzes the main money earners. And a very special mention of course goes to all the people that have made a donation to the club, purchased a brick or loaned the club money without your help we would be no where near where we are now. To add to our recent fundraising, on the Bank Holiday Sunday the club partook in the annual sponsored bike ride. With a good turnout from the club hopefully a lot of money was raised. A big thanks must go to Guppy who ‘organised’ (if that’s the right word) the day.
Anyway I’ll leave you for now with a few words of wisdom from our President – Cheers - Windsor

Presidents comments

As you are all aware, the club, through no fault of its own, has found itself in a very precarious position this year.
With the unexpected eviction from the Halfway, we didn’t know where our future lay, or indeed if we even had a future.
Due to the fantastic efforts of members and supporters, we have managed to turn the corner and can see a little light at the end of the tunnel.
Our hard work cannot slacken yet as we still need to raise a substantial amount of money to complete our building site.
Please keep eyes and ears open for possible donations, be it from businesses or individuals  , any  loans are welcome,  and don’t forget the “Buy a Brick” scheme which will have a closing date of 1st December.
Sadly, this year’s entry will not be of the standard you expect from us, or indeed of which we expect from ourselves. However, next year will be our 50th Anniversary year and we hope to come back with a bang.
Once again thank you all for your help, support and commitment, long may it continue.

Chunky Dunster
(Life member and President)



  • Cabaret Showtime – The next Cabaret is Sat 19th September; once again, we will be looking for extra help from all aspects of the club on the night of the Cabaret. This is vitally important as the last cabaret was such a success due to the help and support we received from all aspects of the club. Please please make a note of the date in your diaries and come down to lend us a hand.
  • Upcoming Bars – The club have bars on the following dates -  2 on the 19th Sept & 1 on the 27th September if anyone is available to help at any of these, please contact a committee member.
  • Getting Old Disgracefully – over concerts, yours truly will be celebrating his 30th birthday. Therefore on Friday 16th October, I am having a Party in the Function room of The Blake Arms. The party will have an 80’s theme and all are invited. Nobby is on the Wheels of Steel with guest appearances from DJ Seabum playing plenty of classic tunes and hopefully helping the night go with a Bang. Hope to see you there for what will be a night to remember.
  • 50th Anniversary celebrations – a date and a venue have been booked, Saturday 5th June 2010 @ Chilton Trinity School, we have invited a guest speaker (who has agreed) and also booked a comedian. Prices will be made available very shortly.
  • Night out – on Friday 11th Sept the club will be showing our appreciation of our tempory neighbours and hosts (Pentahalon CC) by having a night out with them at their home pub – The Swan, North Petherton. If you would like to come along for another top night out, we will be in the old market circa 7pm.
  • Travel and Ticket forms – these will be available within the next few weeks and will be sent out to everyone with the next addition of the Newsletter.
  • Buy-a-Brick Scheme – A deadline of 1st December has been set for people to purchase bricks, so if you wish to be immortalised in Marketeers History you will need to purchase one by this date! As requested we are also accepting payments in instalments. Therefore if you haven’t got the money to spare in one lump sum, you can pay in monthly or weekly instalments, please speak to Jones about this venture.









Meet the VP’s

This Month’s edition focuses on our very own Fleet Based Ginger Fat Bloke & A Silver Haired Hatchet Man

Name – Darryl Taylor

Nickname - Doey

Occupation –Electricity dude & wind up merchant

Position in Club –Head electrician & Rent-an-opinion

Year Joined – many moons ago

Reason you joined – during visiting over concerts, we used to get food at every pub we visited, therefore I would organise the visiting rota so we visited each pub every single night!

Involvement with Club – I am regularly in contact with the good folk of Bridgwater to give them my opinions on all things (carnival related or not). In fact there isn’t one aspect of all mankind I do not have an opinion on right or wrong and I’m always right.

Favourite memory of your time with the Club - It will be in 2048 when my county cup winning idea of Irish gets voted in.

Ambition for the future –I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again IRISH


Next up is Steve Payne

clipName – Steve Payne

Nickname – Badger

Occupation – Juice Dude and former football hard-man

Position in Club –Welder and reformed Angry Dude (apart from on Stag Weekends when Windsor asks me a perfectly sensible & legitimate question)

Year joined – many moons ago

Reason you joined – I was at the 1974 Dwarf throwing championships when I met and old Garry Martin and a young Adrian Horne, they got talking to me and convinced me to join

Involvement with Club – Showing Dan Cullen how to use welding equipment and general all round peace maker.

Favourite memory of your time with the Club – The many football matches for Marketeers F.C where I calmly walked away from trouble and provocation and waited ‘til the end of the match to shake my opponent by the………… Hand

Ambition for the future – Peace in our time.


2009 Club Officers
President – Gerrard ‘Chunky’ Dunster
Chairman – Steve Wright –
Captain – Alan Windsor –
Treasurer – David ‘Jones’ Kirk Jnr –
Secretary –Adrian Horne–

Vice Chairman – Matthew Knapp Esq. –

Vice Captain – Kevin Groves –

Assistant Treasurer – Tim Knapp –

Assistant Secretary –Steve Adlam –


Vice Presidents Contact details

Chairman –Mike Butt–


Cart Co-Ordinator – Steve Trunks –

Engineering Co-Ordinator – Dan Cullen –

Electrical Co-Ordinator – Darryl ‘Doey’ Taylor –

Stage Co-ordinator – Ian Barber –

Thanks for reading the newsletter, I hope it was an enjoyable read and informative, hope to see you soon, Oh and please buy a brick, Cheers – Alan Windsor




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