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.

 

 

A brighter January

As announced in the last newsletter, Marton’s been very lucky to have secured a small Rugby Arts Grant so we can host some workshops and a party free of charge to brighten up the New Year. Aimed at all ages, the programme is:

6 Jan – Bush Craft Skills 2-4pm Marton Playing Fields
For teens and children, organised by an experienced Scout leader
The session will include a nature scavenger hunt, camp fire cooking (popcorn, s’mores and potatoes), natural art and paracord keyrings (for older participants).
Please dress for the weather and expect to get mucky. All activities and refreshments are free of charge.
Book via info@fayeclaridge.co.uk.

7 Jan – Willow Lantern Workshop 2-4pm village hall
For all ages, led by Marton artist Faye Claridge
Use willow, translucent paper, decorations and (battery) tealights to make your own unique lantern
Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. All materials will be provided free of charge.
Book via info@fayeclaridge.co.uk.

11 Jan – Lantern Making & History Talk 2-4pm village hall
Retiree’s tea special, combined with the history group
Be inspired by Twelfth Night traditions and make a unique willow lantern with a (battery) tealight
Please bring an apron or wear old clothes. All materials will be provided free of charge.
Book via info@fayeclaridge.co.uk.

13 Jan – Parade and Party! Meet 5pm village hall
5pm drop ‘bring and share’ food into the village hall
Parade from the hall to the Pig Field (by Eathorpe Hall)
Drag your tree or have it collected beforehand (on andrew.cooke@zen.co.uk)
6pm bonfire, treats & Twelfth Night traditions with PRIZES for the best dressed in glowing/neon
7pm village hall open for bar, games & sharing supper

So start planning your fabulous glowing outfits now and please make sure you book your place on the workshops because – although free – it’s important we have an accurate idea of numbers for materials. Book through info@fayeclaridge.co.uk.

Right Royal Party

Village hall lunchA buffet fit for royalty was enjoyed by about 70 people at the village hall on 12 June to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. The hall was beautifully decorated with Union Jacks and red, white and blue balloons over tables set out for a feast. There were also make-your-own crown kits for children to supplement the tiaras, princess costumes and flags worn by the most enthusiastic party goers.

Read moreRight Royal Party

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…

Marton Village Show 2016 – 10 September

Marton Village Show trophies
Marton Village Show trophies

We’re excited to announce the Marton Village Show 2016, including the Scarecrow Trail, will be held at Marton War Memorial Hall, Church Street, on Saturday 10 September.

 

Residents of Marton Parish can enter an unlimited number of categories, with competitions including growing, baking, crafts, photography and more. For the children there are competitions for poetry, junk modelling, paper aeroplanes, superhero spoons… you name it, there’s a category for it!

Full category lists and rules are in the pdf here  Village Show Schedule 2016 or contact Cate 633788, Helen 633338 or Sarah 07966 527509 for more information. Good luck competitors!

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).