WHIPMAN Week is only two weeks away, and there are plenty of events to join in with this summer.

This year the Whipman Play Society is celebrating its 221st anniversary.

Leading up to the start of the celebrations on Friday, May 31 homes, shops and schools around the village have been working to win the best dressed competition.

The competition will be judged on the afternoon of May 31.

Anyone looking to join can contact Carol Weir with your name and address by Thursday, May 30 by contacting 07956 436517 by text or emailing: a.cweir@btinternet.com.

This year’s events include:

Sunday, May 26

Kids’ Ride – Walk ride open to any age from lead rein up (leaves from Howieson Hall, Station Road, Lower Green, Ford and Medwyn Road at 10am) led by West Linton & District Pipe Band

Best turned out horse and rider under 16 (Lyne Park Shield). Contact Bobby Dow on 07714 503585

The Ride will return to the village the same route arriving at the Ford any time from 12 noon.

Friday, May 31

Installation Ceremony/Floats/Procession – Floats gather on the Lower Green from 6pm for judging at 6.30pm, followed by the Installation Ceremony at 7pm prompt in the Marquee, Dancing of the Whipman Reel and the Procession round the village led by West Linton and District Pipe Band around 8pm.

If you would like to take part in the Procession and organise a float but do not have a suitable vehicle please contact Hamish Dykes on 07881 620357 who will try and assist.

Saturday, June 1

The Whipman Rideout – Leaving at 10am led by West Linton & District Pipe Band from Howieson Hall, Station Road returning to the village around 3.30/4ish

Children’s Fancy Dress at 10.30am on the Lower Green (Marquee if it’s wet).

West Linton Market will be on the Lower Green from 9.30am-12.30pm.

The Pyet Deli will be on the green in the morning with teas/coffees and hot rolls

After the ride gathering in the marquee for all the community at 4pm. Please do make your way to the marquee as soon as the Ride returns to the village. Food, bar, live entertainment for all the family followed later in the evening with a disco.

Sunday, June 2

Family Cycle Ride – Leaving from the Health Centre at 10.30am

Procession – 10.40am from School Brae led by West Linton & District Pipe Band down Main Street, Lower Green for Whipman Service in the Marquee at 11 am

Adult Five a Side Football Tournament – 12.30pm, New Moor Road - Refreshments/snacks Contact Campbell Forsyth on 07732 014297

Dog Show – On the Lower Green at 1.30pm and Teas in the Marquee throughout the afternoon

Silent Disco – In the Marquee, organised by Socialize, from 7-9pm

Monday, June 3

Storytelling – In the Marquee organised by Early Learners, 10-11am

Kids Football – P1-P4, 5.30-6.30pm , local caterers will be on the Green

Cycle and Scooter events – P5-S1 to age 14, 5.30-6.30pm

Junior Football – P5-age 15, 6.30pm, you can register your name from 5.30pm

Junior Netball – P5-age 14, 6.30pm

Cycle and Scooter events – Up to nursery and P1 – P4, 6.30pm

Men’s and Women’s Bike Event – 7.30pm

Ladies Netball at Tennis Courts – 8pm

Tuesday, June 4

Tea and Tots Fun Morning – In the Marquee, 9.30am

Junior Disco – In the Marquee, 6-7.15pm, children not yet at School-P3; 7.30-8.45pm, P4-P7 (children not yet at school must be accompanied by a parent or other suitable adult – all parents welcome to stay). When dropping children off at the Marquee, parents please note that a one way system will operate with cars going in at the War Memorial/Church and out at the Village Clock.

Quiz Night – At the Gordon Arms Hotel at 7.30pm – everyone welcome

Wednesday, June 5

Cross Country Events – 6.30pm, local caterers will be on the Green

Bogie Races – 7pm

Wheelbarrow Races –7.30pm

Pillow Fight – 8pm

Thursday, June 6

Junior Rugby – P1-P7, 6pm

Secondary Rugby – S1-S6, 7pm

Comedy Show – In the Marquee at 7.30pm for 8pm start, tickets available from Eventbrite, £15

Friday, June 7

Summer Ball –In the Marquee, 7pm

Saturday, June 8

Procession – From School Brae to War Memorial at 1pm for the laying of the wreaths and the opening of Sports Day

Sports events throughout the afternoon – 1.30-5pm. Whipman Second Hand Book Sale in the Marquee organised by Tea & Tots - if you have any books please contact Melanie Gilchrist 07708792332 or Laura Armstrong 07967342029. Teas, Coffee, Scones and Cakes in the Marquee throughout the afternoon

Whipman Market – From 6pm, stalls, dancing display, food village, bar

Junior and Adult Tug o’ War

Presentation of Trophies followed by the Raffle

Raffle Tickets will be on sale throughout the Week

For further details please see Whipman Programmes which are available in all the local shops.