USA Independence Day Celebration at Sulgrave Manor

July 21st, 2014
Future first US president George Washington as a young officer in the British Army during the French and Indian War 1754 to 1763

Future first US president George Washington as a young officer in the British Army during the French and Indian War 1754 to 1763 (Re-enactment of a skirmish in the Manor orchard)

Saturday July 5th provided glorious summer weather for United States of America Independence Day (nominally July 4th) celebrating the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776. Highlights included a parade of British and French soldiers in mid-eighteenth century uniforms with frontiersmen and native Americans in war paint. This was followed by the re-enactment of a skirmish between these soldiers in 1754, said to be the young George Washington’s first taste of action, whilst still a British officer. The sound of musket fire was later replaced with the characteristic roar of Harley Davidson motor cycles ridden into the courtyard by members of the HOG (Harley Owners Groups) Lakenheath and Nene Valley Chapters. Cheerleaders from the Danielle Buick Academy of Theatre Arts performed on the front lawn, which was also the venue for a variety of Tudor children’s games. The Forge area featured activities by Boy Scouts of America and Scouts and Guides from the UK. Long queues formed in the courtyard for burgers and hot dogs from the American style barbecue, entertained by live music from “Acoustic Journey”. The usual tours of the house were available and a very fine exhibition of Native American artefacts was to be found in the Brew House.

Photographs of all these events on the following pages.

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Sulgrave Village Fete at the Manor – Saturday 14th June

July 5th, 2014
Sale of Promises at the Village Fete

Sale of Promises at the Village Fete

Shrimp Christy writes:

A huge thank you to all those who supported us on June 14th. when we held our fete in the grounds of Sulgrave Manor. We couldn’t have wished for better weather and it brought everyone out on droves. Perfect weather, ideal venue and a great assortment of stalls and games was the perfect recipe. The dog show was a big success – thank you Clare, and Geoff with his ferrets was a huge draw. The hog roast and the auction in the evening rounded off a great day
Particular thanks goes to the committee- you know who you are- and to Will Priestman who was our auctioneer. Jools Wood and her team at the Manor allowed us to use the venue and its facilities at  no cost and gave us the opportunity to put on such a good show. If you had a good time please support them again. Again, thank you for coming along and helping us to raise about £4000 to help with the restoration of the Lych Gate:
More photographs on the following pages:

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Dames’ Day at Sulgrave Manor

June 11th, 2014


2014 marks the bi-centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent and the centenary of Sulgrave Manor’s purchase to serve as a symbol of continuing friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States.

For a hundred years the Manor has been supported by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and on the weekend of 7th/8th June, 120 Dames and their husbands visited the Manor to celebrate this event. Despite torrential rain on Saturday morning, the weather relented during the afternoon to give bright sunshine for the reception, the afternoon picnic with villagers, the Tudor performance and the parade of the Grafton hounds.

Perfect English summer weather continued on Sunday for morning service at the Church of St James the Less led by the Bishop of Peterborough followed by lunch at the Manor attended by Earl and Countess Spencer and the American Ambassador.

Photographs of these events can be seen on the following pages.

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The Star Inn is Hook Norton Brewery “Food Champion” of the Year!

June 7th, 2014


Susan Hilton’s wonderful cooking at The Star Inn has won the village pub the coveted Hook Norton Brewery “Food Champion of the Year” award. Susan is seen here relaxing outside with the award, whilst Sam pulls a celebratory pint….


More on the next page, including details of a second award…..

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Sulgrave Car Show. Sunday 7th September 2014 at Sulgrave Manor 11 am to 5 pm.

May 18th, 2014


Ingram Lloyd writes:

Please come and help raise funds for St James the Less and Sulgrave Manor.

Entry for visitors: adults £5, children under 16 and accompanied by an adult £1.

Tea and refreshments are available. Free for exhibitors.

Please let others know about this event as well.

 ALSO – do you have a classic or veteran car, cars, old bicycle, tricycle, scooter, pram etc. that you would be willing to have included in our village event? Having wheels is important! Vehicles will be on part of the Manor grounds. If you can manage this date and are happy to join in I would need your vehicle at about 10am latest and also a write up about the car etc. earlier so that I can compile a programme.

Contact Ingram Lloyd. 01295 760520.

Athletes (2) pass through Sulgrave in the “Wings for Life World Run”

May 10th, 2014
Paul Martelleti

Photo: Peter Mackness

For a couple of hours around lunchtime on Sunday 4th May, Sulgrave roads were closed and villagers waited in the sunshine for the arrival of runners who had left Silverstone Racecourse earlier  on the first “Wings for Life World Run”. The event featured an entirely new format for a charity run and no one knew what to expect. Peter Mackness’ report accurately conveys the atmosphere: “It was 12.20. We watched and we waited at the junction of Park Lane. The sun shone. The Marshall – two-way radio in hand – receiving streams of progress reports could tell us only that the ‘runners’ were entering ‘Zone 7′. He was not familiar with local geography. A helicopter triangulated the sky above – we supposed – Culworth, Moreton and Eydon. Tired of waiting Ann and I strolled up to the bungalow which afforded a view up the hill from where the first of the runners would appear. Official looking motor bikes arrived and departed. Then on the hillcrest two slowly moving motor cycles appeared shepherding a lone runner who seemed to move effortlessly down the hill towards us. The pillion rider on the second machine was filming at close quarters the runner’s every move. One of two girls waiting patiently in a Red Bull sponsorship car got out and with excellent timing the proffered bottle of water was expertly taken by the lone runner’s outstretched hand. Silence fell for five minutes until the second runner appeared – without any motorised companions. This must herald the arrival of yet more? No. After no more than five minutes a vehicle convoy snaked down the hill. The leader of which being ‘The Catcher’ followed by two ambulances and a large pick-up full of excited ‘cheerleaders’. That was it. The finale. We estimated that Sulgrave was the halfway point. We weren’t surprised that only two runners made it this far. By any standard the hill climbs around Eydon, Culworth and Thorpe challenge the most seasoned runner.” The “effortless” runner described and photographed by Peter was Paul Martelletti, who had already covered over 60 kilometres when he passed through the village! Over 45,000 runners worldwide simultaneously took part in this event and in covering a total of 69.37 kilometres, Paul was placed 5th in the world rankings. More of Peter’s photographs and a full report on the event on the next page.

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Sulgrave Allotment Gardens – Half a Plot available for Rent

May 10th, 2014


Half an Allotment Plot is available for rent this year.  The cost is £15 per year April to April, and there is water at the site. Please contact Janet Smith on 01295 760397.


May Day Fun at Sulgrave Manor

May 7th, 2014


A large crowd with lots of youngsters and dogs assembled at the Manor on Bank Holiday Monday to enjoy the May Day Celebrations. The weather was kind, with almost unbroken sunshine.

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Horse Racing and Family Fun Day at Whitfield – Sunday 18th May

May 6th, 2014

Whitfield 02

Pony racing from 12.30 pm. Horse racing from 2.00 pm. Many other activities.

Manor Farm Map

See here for full details.


Charabanc Party visit Church Street

April 16th, 2014

Church Street Old Photo

A cropped version of this splendid photograph of what seems to be a “charabanc” visit to Church Street in the early years of the last century appears elsewhere on this website. This version has been kindly supplied by Eric Payne. In order to help in dating it more accurately it would be much appreciated if anyone conversant with either the motor cars or the fashions could leave a comment at the end of this item.

A larger version with up to date photographs from the same viewpoint can be seen on the next page.

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