As fall will be our official 50th anniversary celebration, I am planning on a bumper issue of the "Round Up" magazine.
The magazine will have 50 pages to commemorate each year of our anniversary.
I am asking members past and present to send in your memories and stories of past Round Ups and BWA experiences.
Can we get stories from every venue we have ever held a Round Up?...
What about the club stories?
Your first ever Round Up...
The day the wheel fell off the trailor / caravan on the way to a Round Up.....
The Western show groups....
The Party nights......
The day Bob dressed as an Indian lady and 50 people in the room had to then bleach their eyes
What about the Rodeo Round Ups ....
A BWA appearance on Blue Peter and other televised programs
Should you wish to submit any photographs from the past 50 years, these will also be gratefully received.
Please also message the editor if you wish to send anything in via snail mail.
Could I please have your stories and magazine inclusions by the 25th July 2023.
Send them in to the firstname.lastname@example.org
British Westerners Association to hold Spring Round Up at Anglia Motel in Fleet Hargate - which starts its 50th anniversary celebrations
The British Westerners Association (BWA) will be returning to the area this weekend for the start of its 50th anniversary celebrations. From today (April 13) until Sunday, April 17, the BWA will be holding its annual Spring Round Up at the Anglia Motel, on the A17 at Fleet Hargate.
Many visitors will be dressed in authentic 1800s clothing and putting up camps to sleep in for the weekend, but modern tents and caravans are also welcome, as are day visitors. About 100 people are expected to take part in the weekend, ranging from young children to those in their eighties.
In addition to live music and dancing in the evenings, there will also be Western games, like shooting, axe throwing, knife throwing, lassoing and archery during the days. The sought-after fast draw will also return and see participants compete over who can draw and fire their gun the fastest in a particular style.
There will be a welcome evening and campfire on the Thursday, followed by games and a social evening on the Friday, and then the fast draw and more games on the Saturday ahead of live music. The association is one of the longest-running Western associations in the UK, and will also be returning to the area in August for its Fall Round Up after holding events at the site for almost 20 years.
View the whole article at: https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/western-group-in-area-to-fire-starting-gun-on-anniversary-ce-9308087/
Get the date in your calendars and diaries, check out and air the old tentage and caravans and get ready for the new BWA Round up Season.
YES... it is our 50th Anniversary year of the British Westerners Association so expect a few extra surprises during this year's Round Ups.
Tell your friends, spread the word and share the posters - See you all very soon.
We are looking for more people to become an area deputy. Being a deputy involves assisting BWA members and promoting the BWA in their area. The duration of the post will be for one year and is renewable on re-application after that time. Area Deputies will be required to give a report at regular intervals of work achieved in their area to the Area Deputy Coordinator
The British Westerner’s Association is returning to the area for its annual Fall Round-Up and final event of the year.
The Round-Up will take place at Anglia Motel, in Fleet Hargate, from today (Thursday) until Sunday August 21, where everything from the camps slept in and clothes worn being era appropriate for the 1800s.
Almost 100 people across all ages are expected to take part in the weekend, many of whom will be sleeping in traditional canvas tents, cooking campfire meals and taking part in western games, like shooting, axe throwing, knife throwing, lassoing and archery.
There will also be children’s games, as well as live music on the Saturday night. The BWA have been holding events at the site for almost 20 years and are looking forward to returning.
Chairman of the BWA, Mark Firth, said: “I’m looking forward to our last Round-up of 2022, getting to see everyone again, old faces and new faces.
“We think it’s going to be a great fun-filled weekend, with our usual events and competitions running on the Saturday, then into the evening’s entertainment from the one and only John Permenter ‘Mr Texas Fiddle’ who’s played for amongst many, Clint Black & Moe Bandy.
“Its looking like it’s going to be a great Round-Up before heading into the association’s 50th Anniversary Year in 2023”
Everyone is welcome to the weekend, people can camp in modern tents or caravans if they wish, and dogs are also welcome. People are also welcome just to pop by for the day, and there will also be blanket sales over the weekend.
View the whole article at: https://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/western-group-set-for-an-action-packed-event-this-weekend-9269604/
The BWA Spring Round-Up has made it into the Daily Mail! It was a fantastic weekend despite the weather, and here are some of the photos from the round-up that were featured in the Daily Mail article. You can also read the full article online at www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-10743449/Inside-festival-turns-British-countryside-Wild-West.html
The Round-Up is set to take place in April, and will be the association's first Spring Round-Up since before Covid.
From Thursday, April 7 to Sunday, April 10, the BWA will be returning to the land at the Anglia Motel, near Holbeach.
The weekend is open to everybody, including non-members and those who are just wanting to visit for the day.
Thursday night will be a welcome evening, followed by a social evening on the Friday.
Saturday will have the popular fast draw competition and other Western games, including archery, knife throwing, roping and throwing arrows.
Then in the evening Country musician Kenny JR will be performing live, and everyone will have a chance to celebrate the weekend and dress in their Western finery.
Chairman, Mark Firth, said: "It's a good old fashioned get together, it's something we all need, and there's so many looking forward to the weekend."
We are pleased to announce that Kenny JR will be performing as the evening entertainment on Saturday, April 9, for this year's Spring Round-Up.
New Committee Member, Laycie Beck takes up the post of promotions and publicity for the association.
On behalf of all members of the Committee, we would like to say a HUGE welcome on board to Laycie Beck who has been co-opted to join the committee as our Publicity and Promotions officer.
Laycie has been a BWA member for a few years now and joins us in the Authentic camps with her partner Bear. I'm sure most of you know her already.
For those of you who do not know Laycie, she is a professional journalist who has been working behind the scenes over the past year promoting the association in newspapers as well as news media outlets on the internet.
She will undoubtedly be a great asset in promoting the Association and I hope you will join us in welcoming her to the committee.
You can read one of Laycie's published articles in the Spalding Today newspaper group.