Wow! what a start to the weekend. The church bells rang out yesterday at 6.30 for over half an hour to signal the start of this joyous long weekend and the village was bathed in the glory of a quintessential English Summer’s evening. As swathes of villagers turned out at The Fox, the Jubilee Firework signalled the start of the Beacon lighting. Then, onlookers in the packed car park at The Fox watched as our great new village Beacon, designed and created by Jason and his father, was lit for the first time by Tim Smith, chairman of the Parish Council. That was not only a symbolic moment in all of this weekends celebrations, it was also the signal for North Luffenham to party! Sue and I have lived here for nearly a year now and we both said that, of all the places we have lived, North Luffenham is the place that knows how to party the best! What a great evening at The Fox. I now understand where the National Opera gets all it’s talent from!
So day one over. Here we go with day 2, The North Luffenham Jubilee Fun Day. The weather looks to be fine again and so a big turnout is forecast for the start of this day, from 12 noon onwards. There is just so much to do. Sadly, the Bouncy Castle will not make an appearance, but if that leaves you feeling deflated fear not, we have replaced it with the new hit from all the Festivals this year, Marshmallow Golf! Who can launch a giant marshmallow the furthest is the big question of the day! But that is just a small part of it. Judging by the number of dogs on parade last night the Dog Show, starting at 2.00 in the Main Arena, will be a hotly contested event. Just turn up with your canine colleague at the far end of the arena at 2.00 and then let the fun begin!
3.00 will see the start of the Tug O’ War. Now a hot topic of conversation in the Village, competition looks fierce with still a chance of some late entries. This has to be a spectacle to both watch and cheer on. If your street is represented make sure you fill your lungs and cheer them to ever greater feats of Olympian endeavour.
There are so many other games and activities to join in with that I know everyone will have a fine time. Please remember to bring along your own drinking vessel for the refreshments that will be available, and also remember there will be a barbecue as well as ice creams. There will be a small charge for all of these, but the charge will be to cover costs and is not designed to make a profit. The catering team have asked me to ask you to bring along lower denominations of cash to aid them if possible.
And then when that is all over it’s back to The Fox for another fun packed evening. The karaoke is stowed away tonight and in its place, at 8.00pm, the brilliant Dan Hughes is back by huge demand for another evening of revelry and songs that, tonight, will be sung in tune!!
The village looks brilliant, all of the villagers look brilliant and I just know another day of “Jubileeing” lies ahead of us. It is going to be another great day for North Luffenham!
See you there at noon!!