GMS Notes No.48 June 2012

Jubilee Celebrations

 

hog_roast_2The village of Great Mongeham celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a hog roast provided by the Parish Council. Although originally scheduled for the Village Green the uncertainty of the weather necessitated a removal to the large barn in Solley’s Farm yard. Straw bales around the walls provided half the seating while tables and chairs completed the dining arrangements.

Mongeham_singers_at_jubilleA bar set up by the proprietors of the Three Horseshoes helped put us in celebratory mood.  After eating our fill and relaxing with the aid of some fine ale provided by the bar we sang several patriotic songs. Entertainment continued with hobby horse races for the children and dressing up races for the adults which took place on a course specially marked out for the occasion on the floor of the barn.

When all was finished many of us mucked in to tidy up.

In the evening a number of us made our way up to the top of Beacon Hill where we celebrated the lighting of the village beacon at precisely 10.15 pm.

Jubilee_racesClearing_up

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June Meeting

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On Thursday 21st June we will meet at the usual time of 7.30 outside the Village Hall. We will then make our way to Church Path where we had to cut last year’s walk short. We will then have a look at some of the houses from there to the Three Horseshoes, and there we will no doubt enjoy a beverage or two. The visit to an archaeological site was called off due to a shortage of suitable excavations in the area. We will start from Champlain’s Well (photo).

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Last Month’s Meeting

We were fascinated by Alan’s account of his “Life in Silver”. The account of the practical aspects of producing silver objects, particularly the polishing were most interesting and we really enjoyed his anecdotes relating to his working life. The talk was illustrated by some excellent photographs of working practices and some magnificent silver ornaments. The photo shows part of a display of his tools.

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