A wonderful festival was enjoyed by all. All kinds of music, stalls, circus performances, kid stuff, food and drink. The weather was kind to us and the atmosphere was amazing. We hope to see you next year, come and camp, or stay in a bell tent, or grab one of the rooms in the pub!
We had our first ever barn dance, entertained by The Hillbillies from Oxford. We pulled on our cowboy hats and in our best fancy dress we danced, yeehaaard and dosey-doed all night to some great Country & Western music. The band were brilliant, with a caller to give us the moves which most of us were useless at which made it even more fun. So much laughter. We have another one planned!
A rousing festive evening was had by all. We had traditional carols and Christmas pop songs, Andy played the piano and we all sang along and danced around the pub. It’s a shame it’s all over for another year!
Ribbon, dried limes and oranges, holly, pine cones, poinsettia and more, made up our wreaths this evening. We had a lovely time making them and enjoyed a handmade mince pie too! My wreath looks fabulously festive hanging on my door.
Today we welcomed The Chippenham Morris Dancers who gave us a marvellous show. What a great bunch of chaps – so entertaining! And when they’d finished dancing they led the carol singing, which went down a storm! Such a wonderful day, it’s really starting to feel like Christmas.
After Mad Pete did a magic show complete with balloon modelling, we had a lovely visit from Santa, complete with elves. It was wonderful to see the children’s faces light up when he entered the pub with his lantern and sack of presents. Gifts and chocolate were given to all, and they all told him exactly what they hoping to find under their tree on Christmas morning. Merry Christmas One And All!
We had a wonderful little craft market in the barn and were delighted with the turnout, considering the weather! Cold and frosty. We had mulled wine, sold cards, clothes, jewellery, Christmas decorations, body products, crotchet pieces and more! The atmosphere was lovely. Little ones came to get their faces painted in readiness for Santa, and big ones found lots of stocking fillers and gifts for friends and family. We’re going to do a Summer one next!
Shelley Grey came to the pub this evening to show us all how to make living decorations for the Christmas table. Amidst mountains of holly, ivy and other greenery fresh from the towpath, plus baubles, ribbons, dried citrus and fir cones, we sat and created little masterpieces! Topped off with festive bows and LED candles, everyone produced something to be proud of. Glass of wine, good company, lots of laughs, meant it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
Thomas arrived at the pub on his trike having completed his 60 mile trial ride around Marlborough. So far this amazing little man has raised almost £2K for BBC Children In Need, with more to come – despite having a rare chromosome disorder himself. A huge achievement for a 14 year old boy. He was absolutely thrilled to be greeted by none other than Pudsey Bear himself, and get loads of congratulatory hugs!
On a cold, wet, windy and miserable Monday night, there was only one thing for it. Gather in a warm cosy pub and make little witches! Amidst buttons, bows, stuffing, fabric, glue, pens, wire and gemstones, beautiful witchy creations emerged! We all had a wonderful time together and were very proud of our finished pieces. What do you think of them?