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Sunday, March 29, 2015
Winners Announced at the Annual World Bonnag Championships!
Spring almost upon us, the annual World Bonnag Championships took place at St
James' Church in Dalby, where a capacity audience gathered to see who would be
crowned overall champion.
was another sell-out event for the busy organisers of this small, but very
active church, who provided a warm welcome to everyone as bonnags of all sizes
were lined up ready for judging later in the evening.
first The Wandering Players (Yn Cloiederyn Wandereilys) took centre stage as
they presented a rolling programme of poetry, prose, song and readings highlighting
periods of Manx history. Using both popular and lesser known stories from the
Island's chronicles, they provided a whistle stop journey which gave a definite
local flavour to the occasion.
with the much-loved song Ellan Vannin, members of the audience were then
treated to an extensive home-made supper whilst Paul Kelly (a baker from Peel)
set to his task of judging a large number of bonnags.
judging was both astute and confident as he cut into each un-yeasted bread,
smelling them for that unmistakable aroma of soda and weeding out those that
didn't quite make the grade.
followed by local farmer, preacher and Island personality John Kennaugh, who
spoke briefly about how money raised at events in Dalby is distributed to
worthy causes both on and off the Island.
During 2015 funds
will be divided between Dalby Church Restoration Fund, Women’s Aid IoM and
the Manx overseas charity Mannin Sponsors Africa, who are working to provide
wells for villages in Gambia.
of Mannin Sponsors Africa spoke movingly about how our monetary contributions
would assist in the provision of clean drinking water in Gambia, which then
prompted John Kennaugh to recite The Pitcher, one of the many poems by Manx
poet T. E. Brown.
closed with the presentation of trophies and certificates to the winning bakers
by Shoprite representative Rodger Gimbert, and the anticipated auction of all
bonnags entered for the competitions; which included a cross-section of
currant, plain and gluten-free bread.
Children: Bryce Clague Gents: Gordon Clague Women: Colleen Cowin
(who also won the Isle of Man Creamery's Buttermilk Trophy as overall champion) Commercial: Green's Tearoom
of St John's