A bit of chit-chat…

for Friday Fictioneers

For the uninitiated, Wellie Wanging is a contest with its roots in the West Country of England where folks compete to see who can throw their wellington boots the farthest across a field!


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“Ooh-arr,” said Farmer Fred, ”‘tis nearly time for the annual Wellie Wanging contest”. 

“Oy know,” said Cobbler Colin, “Oy’ve been polishing me boots to make ‘em fly faster”.

“Oy saw Polly practising yesterday, she’s got a pretty pink pair”

“Oy ‘sume you mean wellies Fred, not…”

“That’d be tellin’!” 

“Gary was practising in his garden and smashed his greenhouse glass!”

“Oy’m told there’s a team of town-dwellers taking part this year Colin”. 

“So I ‘ear Fred, bin causin’ chaos chuckin’ boots ‘round the city centre”.

“Don’t stand a cat-in-hells chance of winnin’“.

“Fancy a pint at The Wellington?”

“Bootiful idea”.



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42 thoughts on “A bit of chit-chat…

  1. Christine Goodnough Mar 30, 2022 / 15:43

    I read about that “sport” in a book not long ago. Clever locals’ dialogue and, as usual, your enchanting graphic to go with it.

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  2. Michael Humphris Mar 30, 2022 / 17:01

    Thanks for the memory, I recall taking part in a welly throwing contest the winner received a piglet.

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  3. rochellewisoff Mar 30, 2022 / 23:10

    Dear Keith.

    What can I say? Interesting sport that. Delightful story and hearing your read made it that much better. 😀



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  4. James McEwan Mar 31, 2022 / 10:23

    Remember at the Wellie Wanging Contest: Please, please remove the wearer from the boots. Last year it took the fire brigade half-an-hour to get Mrs Whistlethrope (the vicars wife) out of the Yew tree.

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  5. pennygadd51 Mar 31, 2022 / 10:47

    Haha! Great story, and very well realised dialogue. Now I’m wondering who won! The locals shouldn’t be too quick to write off the townies’ chances…

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  6. Bill Mar 31, 2022 / 10:48

    I’m still smiling over that one, Keith. Nice to know that in the end, the solution is the same for many of us: a pint. Another fine performance.

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  7. plaridel Mar 31, 2022 / 17:30

    i’m not familiar with this contest. do they remove the shoes from their feet and throw them out? if so, i hope they have clean socks. 🙂

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  8. raesquiggles Mar 31, 2022 / 18:07

    We had welly wanging at our village fete where I grew up. Also hay bale tossing with a pitchfork.

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  9. msjadeli Mar 31, 2022 / 18:57

    Thoroughly entertaining story, Keith. You took me there. And as someone else already suggested, the pint at the end of any such contest is the dessert of the event. Not sure if you all have the game of horseshoes? Seems to be along the same lines. I come from a family of skilled horseshoers, and my great granddad actually was a blacksmith!


  10. GHLearner Apr 1, 2022 / 13:31

    Bootiful! A pint at the Wellington is a perfect award, winner or not.


  11. Nobbinmaug Apr 1, 2022 / 23:16

    That’s a much better afterlife for old shoes than to end up in a landfill. Your reading made it even more entertaining. Well done.


  12. granonine Apr 2, 2022 / 14:08

    Where DO you find your graphics, Keith?

    Loved the story. You do such a good job with local color.


  13. Margaret Apr 3, 2022 / 07:46

    What a delightful couple of characters and an entertaining story. Love the narration too.


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