Ongar Town Festival

30th April 2023.


The Library Car Park in the centre of Ongar was buzzing all day with lots of amazing action, from the superb Gourmet food outlets, the Charity Tombola’s, the Ongar’s Got Talent competition, right through to the Bungee Trampolines, the Chingford Morris Men and the surprise visit from the Caspa Charity Runners on their way through to the Olympic Park from Southend!!

Forest Gold Radio opened the proceedings at 9.00 a.m. welcoming the 84 Pétanque players from the Eastern Counties to kick start the festival – all revelling in perfect sunshine and competing through the day for the JOHN SEAR Pétanque Triples Festival Challenge Trophy 2023. The standard of play was very high, producing many great matches in true festive spirit. Each team chose a dance- themed name, with some players even dressed to suit, and represented 13 different pétanque clubs, including 19 players from Ongar.

The Ongar Festival Champions for 2023 – and winners of the Gold League were the formidable:

Telstar Moon Walkers – Mat Beattie, Nigel Wood and Tom Sparks from Telstar PC, Standon.

Gold Runners Up: NO Ballroom – Charlie Littleton, Francois Bourquin, Simon Doble- Towers PC, Brentwood

Silver Winners: The TPC Vets – Colin Roper, Naheb Khodabux, Peter Way – Towers PC, Brentwood.

Silver Runners Up: The Con Club – Richard Evans, Graeme Farquharson, Scott Burlton- Earls Colne PC.

Bronze Winners: At the Barre – Alan Bryant, Danny Quinn, Chris Wood – Ongar Pétanque Club

Bronze Runners Up: Bebop-a-Bouler – David Thame, Jill Murphy, Chris Thompson – Epping Horizons.

Our Main Sponsor, and local Estate Agent – John Sear – presented the trophies, plus many consolation prizes to conclude an excellent day. Thank you to all our players, our own Ongar club members for all the preparation and construction work building the extra 8 pistes, and to all our visitors and supporters for joining us and making another enjoyable and successful Community event for our Town.Carolyn Innocent, Ongar Pétanque and Festival Coordinator.