Our Birthday was marked this year by what could be loosely termed as “weather”. Yep – we ran a meet, in the middle of the New Forest, on a day with the strongest winds experienced in the South of the UK since the Great Storm of 1987. As it happens, it was fine! Those who camped set out after it had blown through, and whilst it was a little damp (!) on Saturday, we all arrived and had a great time. With a music session kicking off the afternoon’s festivities, followed by a competitive quiz run by Caroline and Peter, followed by an evening of dancing and entertainment. A good time was had by all.
Our next meet will be at Wildhern for our AGM weekend. There will be an American Tea, or a “bring-your-own-food-but-sit-down-together” tea, on Saturday after the meeting – our website will confirm the arrangements nearer the time. We will also be bringing our Maypole, and hopefully running our annual Penny Fair.
As mentioned in the last edition, our meet at Kilima Farm is a great stop for easy access to Chippenham Folk Festival and for the National Trust village of Lacock, with the wonderful Lacock Abbey. Bowood House and Gardens are also very close by, with their Woodland Gardens also open with their magnificent display of azaleas and rhododendrons.
In July we will be going back to a favourite site at Awbridge. On Saturday, nearby Romsey will hold its annual Beggars Fair music festival – a day of music, dance and so much more! Expect to see, hear and enjoy over 90 acts spread across more than 20 venues – and all for free! The Beggars Fair will bring local musicians offering an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, blues, soul, rock and classical music, together with colourful dance displays and children’s entertainment – definitely worth a visit! If you prefer something a little quieter, then Mottisfont National Trust is close by, with the house set in beautiful riverside gardens. Whether it is the Stable Cafe, the riverside walk or the beautiful rose gardens, there is plenty of peace and tranquillity to be had.