Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes Rolls Again after Pandemic Gap

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

The annual Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes took place on Saturday 11th June 2022 in Wybunbury, near Nantwich, for the first time since 2019 due to the pandemic.

A fig pie is rolled in the Adult race (photograph: Jonathan White)

Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes is organised by the Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust. It dates back at least 200 years though stopped in 1920. The event was reprised in 1995, when the Wybunbury Tower Preservation Trust revived it to raise money for the upkeep of their historic leaning tower in the village. Proceeds from several of the stalls goes to village charities and groups.

The fig pies are made from a traditional recipe containing a hard pastry and were rolled from The Swan Inn pub down Main Road to see how far they would travel.

The honour of rolling the first fig pie this year was bestowed on the popular children’s character Mr Minions. He handed out sweets to junior competitors and encouraged the crowd to cheer on the rollers.

Mr Minions encourages the crowd to cheer on the rollers (photograph: Jonathan White)

The 2nd annual inter-schools pie rolling race took place this year between Wybunbury Delves CE Primary School and Bridgemere CE Primary School for the ‘Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes Lewis Crossley Memorial Shield’.

Wybunbury Delves CE Primary School rolled their pie the longest and retained the Shield.

Lewis Crossley died aged 7 years old, having been battling for two years against T-Cell Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. A charity Team Lewis Trust, was founded in his memory and are fundraising to support research into the type of leukaemia he fought against. Lewis was a pupil at Wybunbury Delves School. The Shield was proudly received by Wybunbury Delves CE Primary School ambassadors Ava-Lily and Grace.

The Under 10’s race was won by Cameron Nelson, who received a cup and voucher. The Under 16’s race was won by Joshua O’Donnell, who received a cup and voucher. The Adult race was won by Nick Wilson from Wybunbury, with a new record roll of 151.9 metres, who won a trophy, a bottle of wine and a large Joseph Heler Cheese.

Mark Walker, Chair of Wybunbury Preservation Trust, compered the event and announced the winners of the fig pie races and grand prize raffle.

Wybunbury Tower was open to the public – new bell ringers are welcome every Thursday at 8pm. There was also a grand raffle, various stalls, and refreshments.

The Baker Street Belles sang, and children’s entertainer Professor Lucerne performed Punch & Judy and balloon art by the Tower.

The Swan Inn hosted a display of steam traction engines, vintage cars and high striker strongman game. The Red Lion pub had live music and a classic European and American car display.

The sponsors were Martin Davies – Nantwich Osteopaths and Cheshire Lamont estate agents.

Wybunbury Fig Pie Wakes took place in breezy, but otherwise dry and sunny weather and was enjoyed by thousands of people.