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Jubilee celebrations part 4 – barn dance

On Monday evening the villagers of Bishopswood and Buckland St Mary got together for a barn dance in the village hall.  We  had a band called “Trefellas” who played celtic type music and a caller who took us all through the dance moves.  Lots of people turned out and most people joined in the dancing.  It was a great community event, getting people to mix together and generate community spirit.

dancing at the barn dance

The Bishopswood Ladies prepared a delicious spread of food.  There was a ploughmans with lots of salad and for dessert apple pie or trifle.  After an hour’s break for the food, we continued with the dancing.  Lots of fun as people got in a muddle and arms and legs went all over the place!! 

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more dancing at the barn dance

It was so popular that again people want it to become an annual event, so what started as jubilee celebrations could become part of the tradition in these villages.

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Jubilee celebrations part 3 – Mini Olympics

 On Monday afternoon we had the mini olympics between the 2 villages of Buckland St Mary and Bishopswood.  There was the egg and spoon race, firstly the adults then the under 16’s, and similar age splits for the 3 legged race and the sack race.

the sack race

There was penalty shoot out, and the shot put, and then of course the tug of war.  The first one was the men, Bishopswood versus Buckland St Mary – 8 strong men each side,  lots of huffing and puffing and a decisive win for Buckland St Mary 2 nil. 

 Then it was the turn of the ladies, only 7 a side this time.  First pull went to Bishopswood, second to Buckland and then the decisive third pull to Bishopswood.  Nevermind it was a valiant effort and more than I could have done!!

The Buckland ladies tug of war team

The afternoon was finished off with a game of rounders.  The overall winners between the villages of Bishopswood and Buckland St Mary, were Bishopswood, but nevermind Buckland it looks like it might become an annual event, so next year we can compete some more.

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Jubilee celebrations part 2 – hog roast and disco

Saturday evening there was a hog roast and disco in a great big marquee in Buckland House.  Over 200 local people attended, and we all had to queue up for the hog roast in a bap, but it was worth the wait.  Unfortunately it rained that evening and the actual hog roast was outside the marquee, so a quick dash in the rain to pick up our food and then back to the marquee.  But I had to laugh as where we were sitting the marquee leaked and we were being dripped on.

Sat evening disco

It was a good community event and it was all free, so no one can complain at that!!  These jubilee celebrations have certainly been pulling people together. Sunday morning there was  a combined church service in Buckland Church to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years and in the afternoon there was Cream Tea at a couple of houses in Newtown.  Unfortunately it just poured with rain in the afternoon so we stayed at home and watched the river pageant on the TV instead. More celebrations on Monday, so watch out for the next blog!! www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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Jubilee celebrations part 1 – fete at Buckland House

 Today is the start of the jubilee weekend (60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II) and a whole host of different celebrations going on in the villages of Buckland St Mary and neighbouring Bishopswood.  At 12.30pm we went down to Buckland House and parked in the long grass for the fete in the grounds.

Fete at Buckland House

It all started with a “bring and share lunch”.  We met some friends there, tucked into lunch and tea and sat and nattered.   The Rhododendrons were absolutely lovely in the grounds.

Rhododendrons in the grounds of Buckland House

There was an old Field Marshall 2 stroke diesel tractor there that Neil was entranced by.   It was about 60 years old and made quite a noise when it started up. Neil spent ages talking to the owner.

Old Field Marshall tractor

We wandered through the grounds to see what else was happening.  Our friends were running the skittles so Neil had a go.

Skittles

Later a jazz band started up.   

Jazz band at Buckland House

Then we wandered down and into the church at Buckland St Mary where they had an exhibition of all things to do with the royal family.

Royal exhibition in Buckland Church

Also on show were lots of old photos over the past 60 years, showing the village as it was through the years, various clubs and people.

Photography exhibition

Then we made our way home to welcome our next B&B guests who are staying with us tonight.  More celebrations later on this evening.visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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