Marton Village, Warwickshire

Local History Group: May 2018 Update

Great Grandfather’s chair

In April the Group had its AGM followed by a “Bring and Tell” session; thanks once again to Bobbie, David, Wiz, Jane, Arthur, Andrea, Howard and Joan for their contributions to this (pictured: Bobbie’s old chair).

The last Group event of the season is on Monday 21st May when we have a guided walk around “old Kenilworth”, starting at 6.30pm from the Abbey Fields carpark. We will then have a summer recess and restart on Monday 29th October.

Local History Group: February 2018 Update

In January the Group were entertained again by Susan and her father Neville with their continued story of the history of the vicars of Marton. The slides from this talk are at this link.

There is no meeting in the hall in February, instead those that have booked up are going to be guided by Sheila Woolf on a tour of Stoneleigh. There are still some places available: let David know if you are interested. David will also coordinate lifts if you get in contact with him.

The next meeting in the hall is on 26th March when group members are giving a talk about the village chapel. All welcome, entrance fee £3, includes a glass of wine.

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.

 

 

Local History Group: December 2017 Update

David Morse

The well-attended November meeting were engrossed by a talk by David Morse (pictured) about the history of the local Home Guard. A brief summary of his talk is at this link.

There is no meeting in December. The next meeting is on 29th January when Susan will give the second episode of her talk about the vicars of Marton.

All welcome, entrance fee £3, includes a glass of wine.

Local History Group: November 2017 Update

No 48 High St, c. 1910. Mrs Baskott.

The new season got off to a good start with a well-attended meeting in which a talk was given about the history of Meadow Bank in the Chapel End section of High Street. The house history information from the meeting, including the memories of those present, has been added to the History section of the village website.

The next meeting is on November 27th where a talk will be given by an external speaker, David Morse, about the history of the local Home Guard. All welcome, entrance fee £3, includes a glass of wine.

Local History Group: April 2017 Update

In March Sheila Woolf (pictured) gave the Group a talk about Cordelia Leigh. A summary of this talk is given below.

The next meeting is on 24th April at 7.30pm in the village hall. This is the AGM at which plans for the next season will be discussed. This will be followed by a talk by Group members about the Marton village building plans between 1900 and 1940, giving an insight to how the village developed during this period. All welcome, entrance is free and still includes a glass of wine!

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