Fortunes change at last as Malmesbury Vics club day raises £4k

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Tim Jensen at Malmesbury's beer and sausage festival Tim Jensen at Malmesbury's beer and sausage festival

The husband and wife team behind Malmesbury Vics Football Club are smiling for the first time this year after the community turned out in force to back a fundraising event.

Chairman Phil Exton and his wife and club secretary Julie were on the brink of giving up on their beloved club after a series of financial problems caused by flooding earlier this year.

But on Friday, Saturday and Sunday people turned out in force to support a beer and sausage festival at the Flying Monk ground and helped put around £4,000 in the club’s bank account.

Mrs Exton, 50, said: “The whole community came out to support us and show they really care about the club.

“In past months we have been in terrible financial trouble and we have not been able to pay our direct debits but now at last we can afford to pay our bills and we may even be able to repair the showers, so the players next season can have hot water.

“I have a smile on my face for the first time in a long while. We live and breathe the football club but it has been very hard and at times we have wondered if we could go on, but we were determined to do everything we could to make sure the club survives.

“But now we are feeling much more positive about everything and next season will be a new beginning for us.”

The club’s first team has resigned from the Hellenic League and from next season will play in the Wiltshire League. The club will also field a reserve side, a youth team and a ladies’ team.

Mrs Exton said: “It will be much cheaper and give us a chance to re-group and then decide what league we want to aim for.”

The three-day festival was organised in three weeks after Martin Bridge, the ex-landlord of The Smoking Dog, offered to help.

Mrs Exton said: “We had to do everything very quickly but it all worked out. We had a fun fair, live music and face painting as well as beer, sausages and burgers.”

Fundraising will continue in coming weeks with the Vic Fest music festival on July 4 and 5 and an official carnival dance will be held on August 30.

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11:23am Wed 28 May 14

Andrew Carnegie says...

Excellent news - its great to hear the community stepped in to right a significant wrong.

Well done the Exton's - well done Malmesbury ;o)

Lets hope that some local councillors will start to remember that they serve the community and better support will be forthcoming in the future rather than the crass nonsense spouted by a few who did the club, the town and the community a significant disservice.

Andrew Carnegie - former Malmesbury town councillor writing from near Malmesbury, England
Excellent news - its great to hear the community stepped in to right a significant wrong. Well done the Exton's - well done Malmesbury ;o) Lets hope that some local councillors will start to remember that they serve the community and better support will be forthcoming in the future rather than the crass nonsense spouted by a few who did the club, the town and the community a significant disservice. Andrew Carnegie - former Malmesbury town councillor writing from near Malmesbury, England Andrew Carnegie
  • Score: 12

11:36am Wed 28 May 14

Norm chipp says...

Andrew Carnegie wrote:
Excellent news - its great to hear the community stepped in to right a significant wrong.

Well done the Exton's - well done Malmesbury ;o)

Lets hope that some local councillors will start to remember that they serve the community and better support will be forthcoming in the future rather than the crass nonsense spouted by a few who did the club, the town and the community a significant disservice.

Andrew Carnegie - former Malmesbury town councillor writing from near Malmesbury, England
Could not agree more Andrew. Well said This Makes Malmesbury Better.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew Carnegie[/bold] wrote: Excellent news - its great to hear the community stepped in to right a significant wrong. Well done the Exton's - well done Malmesbury ;o) Lets hope that some local councillors will start to remember that they serve the community and better support will be forthcoming in the future rather than the crass nonsense spouted by a few who did the club, the town and the community a significant disservice. Andrew Carnegie - former Malmesbury town councillor writing from near Malmesbury, England[/p][/quote]Could not agree more Andrew. Well said This Makes Malmesbury Better. Norm chipp
  • Score: 12

1:48pm Wed 28 May 14

Fieldofdaisies says...

Had a great afternoon on Sunday, drinking cider in the sunshine and haemorrhaging £1 coins for the funfair. The kids had a ball! Well done all, glad you raised so much money. Same again next year?
Had a great afternoon on Sunday, drinking cider in the sunshine and haemorrhaging £1 coins for the funfair. The kids had a ball! Well done all, glad you raised so much money. Same again next year? Fieldofdaisies
  • Score: 9

5:57pm Wed 28 May 14

debsy20 says...

I am so so pleased that the Vics had a fantastic weekend after so misfortune re flooding and problems with certain councillors - the club has been there for as long as I can remember and would be a real shame if it were to close so this is real community spirit kicking in - well done to all concerned to all helpers and all people that attended and people that have given Vics good management advice. I am Malmesbury born and bred do not live there anymore but still consider it to be 'home' so contrary to councillors stating anonymous comments I am Debbie Aylward living 20 miles away in Berkeley :)
I am so so pleased that the Vics had a fantastic weekend after so misfortune re flooding and problems with certain councillors - the club has been there for as long as I can remember and would be a real shame if it were to close so this is real community spirit kicking in - well done to all concerned to all helpers and all people that attended and people that have given Vics good management advice. I am Malmesbury born and bred do not live there anymore but still consider it to be 'home' so contrary to councillors stating anonymous comments I am Debbie Aylward living 20 miles away in Berkeley :) debsy20
  • Score: 6

8:06pm Wed 28 May 14

DavidForward says...

I once shovelled 100 tonnes of gravel into the Vics drainage trenches, quite hard, but nothing compared to my first ever cooking lesson, sausages, after about 200 I was just getting the hang of it, then onto the big stuff, the burgers, oh my what a wonderful time I had. Excellent effort by everyone involved especially all those who supported the Vics by turning up on the nights and eating Malmesbury's Most Wanted Sausage!
I once shovelled 100 tonnes of gravel into the Vics drainage trenches, quite hard, but nothing compared to my first ever cooking lesson, sausages, after about 200 I was just getting the hang of it, then onto the big stuff, the burgers, oh my what a wonderful time I had. Excellent effort by everyone involved especially all those who supported the Vics by turning up on the nights and eating Malmesbury's Most Wanted Sausage! DavidForward
  • Score: 7

4:16am Fri 6 Jun 14

PrefabedSprout says...

Very well done to all concerned at The Vics and to the community for not giving up on them!

Now, let's have the pre-season friendlies! I did hear we're playing Corsham in July but that's the only game so far - need to arrange some more as July will be here before you know it!
Very well done to all concerned at The Vics and to the community for not giving up on them! Now, let's have the pre-season friendlies! I did hear we're playing Corsham in July but that's the only game so far - need to arrange some more as July will be here before you know it! PrefabedSprout
  • Score: 1

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