Well it rained the day before and it rained the day after, but despite some big black clouds casually wandering over, the Saturday of the CSN Parish Party stayed fine and dry, phew what a relief for all concerned!
The day started early with the Grandfather Jem busy setting up his tent over in the corner of the school field. The pizza puppet man got his brilliant wood-fired pizza oven going near the entrance then setting about hand making all the dough and fillings, that left Brandon our village’s brilliant young singer and his family erecting their gazebo and sound system smack bang between the two of them.
By 1 o’clock in the afternoon we had fulfilled our risk assessment detailed plans, flags and signs, tables and chairs, hand sanitisers and all paperwork set up at both entranceways, clipboards manned and ready to take details of all who came for the NHS Track & Trace requirements and we were ready, so let the fun commence!
The next 3 hours went in what seemed like only a brief moment of time. Brandon started it all off with his talented singing voice, using pre-recorded backing music, all very clever and sounding great. The yummy pizzas were soon being hungrily consumed by all and proved very popular all afternoon. The puppet shows for the little ones went down a storm, grandfather Jem’s stories attracted a good crowd of listeners and the young ones had a great time running around the field with their various ball and frisbee games, whilst the older ones amongst us sat and listened to the lovely singing from Brandon and guest singer Fleur, who at only 13 has the most amazing voice, so clean, clear and crisp, a real treat for all there.
Before we realised, it was 4 o’clock and people started drifting away home, all saying they had really enjoyed a brilliant family afternoon of traditional talented performers and would we be doing it next year?
Many thanks for all your kind donations and helping us support live rural entertainment.
Helen, Ian & Penny.