by Dino Carpanini

With a forecast of an unpredictable summer for us to look forward to, Sunday June 21st did not prove to be an exception. The day dawned cloudy with the heavy scent of dampness in the air. As usual, the AVC committee were first on the scene to prepare for the day – setting up the bocce rinks, the sound system, car parking etc.

Mass was celebrated in the Abbey Church at 12 noon (in the absence of the organ, music by accordion!). This was followed by a picnic, by this time the slight rainfall we experienced prior to mid-day abated for all to enjoy their al fresco lunch.

The first event of the day being the draw and the commencement of the bocce knockout competition. Comprising of 32 teams, playing in pairs, the winning team would take away the prestigious AVC Challenge Trophy. During this long competition, other events took place in other parts of the field, including the childrens sports with short distance athletics races, throughly enjoyed by all our younger members – and of course, the great finale of these events being the tug-o-war with parents, grandparents and friends joining the boys and girls to make it an all action, fun loving event.

The raffle sales and prize winning draw proved its usual success, as the revenue it made along with the nominal entry charge for adults (children were free) helped to defray the expenses incurred on the day – such as charges for bouncy castles, sound systems, medals, trophies, prizes plus a contribution to Belmont Abbey for the use of their facilities.

The bocce competition ended late in the afternoon, with a large supportive crowd cheering on the finalists – Paul and Mark Tambini versus Domenico Casetta and his daughter Nesta. After a very close finish, Franco and Sandra’s sons emerged triumphant – winning by just ONE point. So well done the Tambini Bros. and better luck next time the Casettas!

A measure of the days success being that late into the evening, with the setting of the sun, a great number of AVC members and friends and guests were still engaged in a “firosso” on a grand scale. Catching up on news, events of the past and looking forward to meeting again in the summer in Bardi.

We look forward to seeing you all next year.

Boce and Sports, Bouncy Castle and more… the Scampagnata is always a fun filled day for the whole family. Mass will be at 12:30pm.

Location: Belmont Abbey, Hereford

Date: Sunday 21st June

Price: £5