NEWS

REVIEW: TWO TUNNELS OPENING, 6TH APRIL 2013


BY JONATHAN NIBBS

THIS TURNED OUT to be the first day of Spring! The Sun was out, the sky was Blue. There was not a cloud to spoil the view… and to cap it all, Chris turned up with Hoppy on their tandem, cycling through at least one of the afore-mentioned tunnels against the tide of about three thousand sustrans cyclists just aching to christen the route, after its official opening, from the event field where we danced to considerable acknowledgement and some degree of acclaim.

The event was also notable as our first under the auspices of our new sponsors Box Steam Brewery. But we were unable to make much of a feature of this new extremely positive relationship, despite the rather obvious connection between their product, Tunnel Vision, and the event, because apart from the name on the pump, there was no visual evidence around the bar to suggest that our benefactors were there, Bath Ales being rather more to the fore.

This lack of connection however, did not interfere with our enthusiasm or our rhythm and neither did the intrusion upon “Shepherds Hay” of the young electric covers band not ten metres away from our doughty musicians Ray and Colin.

We ended the day in high spirits, despite it having followed hard on the celebrations of the previous evening. (See- A night at the casino Ladies Night, 5th. April)

A satisfying start to the new outdoor season.

A NIGHT AT THE CASINO: LADIES NIGHT, 5TH APRIL 2013


BY JONATHAN NIBBS

AND WHAT A winning night it proved to be. Not least for Jonathan Nibbs who amassed huge totals at the roulette wheel after negative success at the Table Horse-racing left him with only one chip to bargain with… What a gambler… He walked away with a prize of dinner for two… A Fray Bentos steak and kidney pie, tin of spuds and a tin of baked beans (Way less than a tenner’s worth- M. & S. eat your heart out) Bryan Baker walked away with “The Squire’s Shield” for his services as Squire to the side over the past five years. Everyone walked away replete and very cheerful after wonderful food, courtesy of Sarah (and Dave) of The Glove Factory Café, free wine on the bag, and cheap Tunnel Vision from our new sponsors, Box Steam Brewery.

Our thanks to Social Sec. Neil Brocklehurst, Nerys, Billie and Conjuror Extraordinaire, Paul, for the tremendous organisation and entertainment.

EVENTS

BRADFORD-ON-AVON DAY OF DANCE, VARIOUS LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE TOWN.

Organised by our newest member, Alf Windsor, this will be a spectacular day of dance, the details of which will become clearer as the organisation develops! But you may depend on locating us along with the many other sides who will be here on the day, by homing in on the inimitable sounds of bells, clashing sticks, melodions and whoops of delight from fellow onlookers, emerging from nefarious parts of the town. You may possibly even see us in one of the watering-holes inevitably linked to our energetic performances.

BATH AND WEST SHOW., THE BANDSTAND, SHEPTON MALLET SHOWGROUND

Since the dawn of time, we have been a fixture at this famous West-of-England event, and we shall be exhibiting two spots at the Bandstand and one at the Cider Tent (our now infamous early Summer Wassail presentation) throughout this, the first, day. The times of these events will be posted here as the programme is agreed.

WIMBORNE FOLK FESTIVAL., WIMBORNE, DORSET.

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Another of our main events will see us in various locations on both Saturday and Sunday. Once these have been finalised, details will be found in the Festival Programme. However one thing is already certain, you will catch us breathing heavily during the wonderful, extended procession which is an amazing feature of this unmissable event. We might even stop and pose for a selfie or two with you, if that is your desire. And why wouldn’t it be?.... Many reasons I hear you say.

These above represent but the bare skeleton of our public performances during this our 30th. year of action, date-stamped at this present moment. The flesh...further self-generated events, throughout Wiltshire and beyond as our committee develops its celebratory strategy, will become excitingly clear as the spaces on the calendar are filled. Watch out for them here!