I live in Stocksfield, Northumberland and we are having our first village festival on September 12th. As this is my 'year of volunteering', I joined the festival commitee.
Here are some of the festival team stencilling jackets for the marshals to wear on the day.
The Stencil Library have been making signage stencils for the occasion so that visitors can find the toilets, refreshments and all the other all important ingredients of a village festival. Rachel has threatened to make a tea cosy and baked goods for the traditional part of the show. My small team are spearheading the entertainments, so we have been sourcing dancers, story tellers and musicians that will give up their time to entertain us. I am jointly given charge of the megaphone on the day and will be announcing prizewinners, lost children and starting times for the many scheduled sporting activities. Ooooh me and a megaphone... someone made a bad decision there! We have a bit of a scarecrow theme going on for the festival and some of the comittee assembled for a photocall at Wheelbirks. Wheelbirks is a local dairy farm that makes truly scrummy ice cream from it's Jersey cattle herd.
We had to dress as scarecows and pose with number 9, one of the many Jersey cows.
Number 9 was a tad boisterous and as none of us could see through our masks, no one was willing to take the lead rope, so the farmer had to stay with us.
That's me wearing the blue mask and the ballet tutu. Recognise me? I hope not.
Stocksfield has no obvious centre or meeting point. On a recent survey to discover residents needs and wishes for their environment, a village show was requested. It was to be a party for the inhabitants of the area to meet and get involved in something that hopefully would provide an annual focus for the village. There will be events ran by local hostelries on the evenings of the previous week. Keep your fingers crossed for us that the weather will be kind.