Celebration of the Redlake Valley – October 2021

If all goes well, socializing will have resumed during the summer months, so this event, to be run jointly by the Society and St. Mary’s Church PCC, is planned for early October. After a difficult year and a half with so many restrictions and difficulties, there is still the need to help bring the community together again as well as welcome visitors to the valley. Old friends can meet up who may not have seen each other for a while, and there are quite a few new faces where houses have changed hands so we must make newcomers feel at home. The event will be spread over a number of days, and will be run on a drop-in basis according to people’s interests, with fixed exhibits to browse and scheduled talks and demonstrations in the village hall and church (some out of doors if weather permits).  On the Sunday morning there will be a service of thanksgiving for our beautiful valley. We want this to be as much about who lives here today as what went on in the past. From the opening night on Thursday 7th October through to Sunday 10th, we hope local people will take part by demonstrating or exhibiting their interests, their skills and their businesses. We already have a long list of possible topics but are still seeking more ideas. Watch this space for more news.

  • food and cookery
  • flower festival
  • photographic exhibition 
  • family history displays
  • local history
  • talks on wildlife
  • music by local performers
  • an organ recital
  • children’s games and competitions
  • bee-keeping in action
  • farming then and now
  • a display of old maps
  • walks
  • a get-together for former school pupils
  • gathering memories and recollections
  • traditional industries including a clog-maker in action using local alder
  • local artists, craftspeople and other business offering their goods and services
  • photo albums and dresses from past weddings at St Mary’s
  • Chapel Lawn in literature – readings by the book group

We will also be looking for volunteers to help with refreshments, car parking etc. so if you think you can help, please contact anyone on the the planning team:

Bob James (Chairman) 01547 530395 claudia@bryncambric.plus.com

Patrick Cosgrove (Secretary) 01547 530347 pccosgrove@icloud.com

Christine Oakley, 01546 530585 christineoakley1401@gmail.com

James Middleton, 01547 530247 middleton3@xlninternet.co.uk

Simon Jameson 01547 528546 simon@1066creations

Sarah Jameson 01547 528546 images@sarahjameson.co.uk

Funds raised will be shared equally between the two organisations.

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