Marton Village, Warwickshire

Workshops and walk create a warm glow

TheBonfire new year kicked off in great style with the Christmas Tree bonfire party, where almost 180 people made a magical parade of lanterns, fairy lights and glowsticks up to the pig field.

The fantastic turn-out was boosted no doubt by the extra activities organised for 2018, including a bush craft and bonfire skills workshop and two lantern making workshops.

The bush craft was very ably provided by Long Itchingtom scout leaders and gave participants the opportunity to try a range of exciting new challenges, from making stick-twisted dampers, to starting fires with flint steel strikers, to identifying the best trees for campfire wood.

Participants from toddler to teen had a fantastic time and accompanying adults appreciated being allowed to test the delicious potatoes, popcorn, calzone and s’mores they cooked on the open fire.

BonfireResident artist Faye led lantern making workshops, providing simple instructions for pyramid lanterns and willow materials for those with unbounded creativity and ambition.

The results from the 27 participants of all ages were stunning and led to a fish, a fox, a birdcage and a great array of decorated pyramids swinging along on the parade to the pig field.

For the Retirees’ Tea workshop, fuelled by plentiful cake, window-sill size lanterns were made by about 20 of Marton’s more senior residents, who loved the colour-changing tealights and came up with equally magical decoration ideas.

The Lantern makingbelated Twelfth Night celebration at the pig field was no less inspiring, with a huge bonfire of Christmas trees, many of which had been robustly dragged through mud all the way to Eathorpe Park.

A biscuit lottery elected a King and Queen, who passed 24-hour laws about kissing (compulsory) and singing (banned) while their subjects toasted their good health or planned their revolutions over fortifying mulled wine.

Lantern making

Once this ran out a return to the village hall bar was inevitable for most and a wonderful evening continued with great shared food and quality company.Bush craft

The events were supported by a small Rugby Borough Arts Development grant and a host of fabulous volunteers who collected trees, prepared the field, served refreshments, baked biscuits, cleared up after workshops, delivered flyers etc etc…

We salute you all.

 

 

Pig club update

Marton Pig ClubMarton’s latest pig cohort seem to be doing well, growing quickly and making the most of their field in the warmer days we’re starting to enjoy. The only glitches so far have been with the human side of the club, with former members accidently called on to feed the pigs from across the globe and youngest members learning about omnivores the hard way.

In the first case a couple was called in Australia and told to feed the pigs the following day, causing temporary confusion but no harm to the pigs who didn’t notice or mind the quick-thinking rota switch-around. In the second case a valuable lesson was learnt: put food in the field before you put small children in the field. The half-asleep parents (one of whom might actually be writing this, ahem…) had to do a rapid rescue when the pigs’ eagerness for breakfast hastily went from welly sniffing to leg nibbling. No harm done, though, and once snouts were happily in troughs of food, the children and pigs got on harmoniously as usual.

There could be further opportunities for creature encounters to come, as the club might be building on its success, with the idea of raising geese for Christmas already on the table (pardon the pun). The suggestion of a home brew club is also being floated, for those with a thirst for more…

2016 Marton Pigs Arrival

4466654845_19f2945b7dThe Pig Club’s new herd will arrive at 1pm this Saturday at the farm field track between Marton and Eathorpe (next to Eathorpe Park).

Anyone (not just Pig Club members) is more than welcome to witness their arrival, which is always fun.

If you need a lift to the field, please get in touch (admin -at- martonvillage.com) and arrangements can be made.

Hopefully see many of you there!

Pig Club Year Nine

By April Marton will once again be home to a small herd of pigs, as the Pig Club starts its ninth consecutive year of community pig-rearing. On 13 March Andrew Cooke led a team of about 20 volunteers, fuelled by bright sunshine and sugary donuts, to get the pigs’ accommodation into shape followed by field topping by Andy Liggins.

Pig Club 2016 work party
Marton Pig Club 2016 work party

This time the club is made up of 17 households sharing the care of 13 pigs. The Oxford sandy and black breed was chosen again as the best all-rounder for having a pleasant temperament that suits the involvement of families in the club and ultimately results in tasty pork (appreciated by all except the club’s two vegetarian members!).

Everyone is more than welcome to visit the pigs any time as they love company. For anyone new to the village, they can be found at the top of the hill between Marton and Eathorpe (up the road and bridle path starting opposite the Shepherd Street/High Street crossroads).

We expect the herd to be with us until July, looked after by all members in a rota prepared by Karen Creswell and with funds managed by Joe Walsh (taking over from long-serving former treasurer Nick Webb).