Ten Important Facts about Ashbourne Shrovetide Football in 2012
By BrendaK | Thursday, January 26, 2012, 17:29
- Shrovetide Football will be held this year on Tuesday 21 February 2012 and Wednesday 22 February 2012
- On Tuesday 21 February the ball will be turned up by Dr Paul Kirtley at 2 pm on the Shawcroft Car Park
- On Wednesday 22 February the ball will be turned up by Councillor Steve Ball at 2 pm on the Shawcroft Car Park
- The Shrovetide lunches are held on the Tuesday and Wednesday at Ashbourne Leisure Centre. At the present time it would appear that all 500 lunch tickets for both days have been sold out. Mr Mick Betteridge, the Shrovetide Secretary is taking names on a reserve list in case anyone should no longer require their allocated tickets. Mr Betteridge can be contacted on 01335 342083
Turning up of the Shrovetide Ball. Photo courtesy of the Derby Evening Telegraph
Water play at Ashbourne Shrovetide
Richard Goodall one of the scorers of the Ashbourne Shrovetide Ball in 2011
- The Shrovetide balls are on display at the lunch before they are turned up during the afternoon.
- Most shops and many businesses in the centre of Ashbourne will close at around 1 pm but all of the pubs and many of the takeaways will be open.
- A ceramic hand-painted Shrovetide ball depicting the national events which will happen this year is being offered as a draw prize to raise funds for the Shrovetide. Tickets are available for the draw from the Ashbourne News Telegraph and other outlets around the town.
- The Shrovetide Committee urgently need marshalls to help on both the Tuesday and Wednesday during the playing of the game. Anyone interested should go along to the Ex-Servicemen's Club in the Market Place on Thursday 2 February at 7 pm.
- There are certain areas of the town which are 'no go' areas for Shrovetide players these include the new Hospital grounds and Health Centre; Churchyards; the Cemetery and private gardens. A full list of 'Dos and Don'ts' will be issued by the Shrovetide Committee nearer the time
- Coverage and photos of the game will appear on this site as soon as possible. Ashbourne Radio will have reporters on the ground, so news of the game and the whereabouts of the ball will be given out frequently on air. The Ashbourne News Telegraph will also be giving full coverage of the events. As with many major events today, news often breaks on twitter first, so the people to follow on twitter are @ashbournepeople; @AshbourneRadio; @AshbourneNews; @BBCshrovetide